Monday, May 7, 2012

Dining: Tutto Italia: Italy Pavilion at Epcot

 Yesterday I had the pleasure of eating at the new restaraunt in the Italy Pavilion at Epcot, Tutto Italia, which took the place of Alfredo's.  Tutto Italia joins the ranks with the best Epcot restaraunts, delivering great food and great service.  If you are in the mood for great Italian food this is the place to go.
 The decor has been changed as well as the seating arrangements.  Seating is much more comfortable than Alfredo's, with more space between tables.  We ate around 2:30 in the afternoon which is a great time, it wasn't crowded at all.  The server's were friendly and very knowledgable of the menu.  Pricing is moderate to expensive.  The menu features typical Italian fare (spaghetti, lasagna, fettucine) but also pork chops, salmon filet, salads and other exceptional offerings.
 We started with the Calamari Fritti ($15) which was delicious.  Much better than any you would get at a chain restaraunt.  The portion was large, with enough to be shared by two or three people.
 For our entree's we selected the Fettuccini Vecchia Roma ($22) and Pollo Insalata (salad w/chicken $18).  Both were amazing and again the portions were large.  Pricing is about 20% more than a typical chain restaraunt, but remember it is a vacation destination and the service and quality of the food is much better.  The full menu is available on line.
 Adjacent to the new restaraunt is the Wine Cellar featuring fine Italian wines by the glass as well as Italian and American beers on draft.  The decor is inspired by an Italian wine cellar and has seating for 96.  The bar also features small plate offerings with classic flavors from Italy.  Until now the only bar at Epcot was the Rose and Crown in the England Pavillion.  Anyone who's been there knows how crowded it gets, the Wine Cellar makes a great alternative.
With Via Naploi and now Tutto Italia the Italy Pavillion has two great sit down restaraunts.  If you are in the mood for great Italian cuisine we suggest you try either of these two restaraunts.  We suggest you make priority seating arrangements prior to your visit so that you are assured a table.  If you are staying on Disney Property inquire about the Disney Dining Plan.

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