Enjoy Lunch (or Dinner!) at the Via Napoli Pizza Window!

Always a great topic to start off any day, let’s talk about pizza!  Yes, folks, let’s chat about Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante!

Never been to Via Napoli?  Believe it or not, neither had I!  It was actually Evan Chaisson’s recent post – right here on All in WDW – that brought it up to the top of my list.

Therefore, let’s start with him.  Evan covered his fantastic dinner a few weeks back.  Catch it here at … Dining Recon: Via Napoli!

Yum!  Personally, pizza is one of my very favorite foods.  Little peek behind the curtain, there!  Anyway, the day I stopped by Italy, I didn’t have time for a full sit-down experience.

Never fear, the pizza window was near!  Check it out!

To find Via Napoli, enter the Italy Pavilion, of course!

Via Napoli is directly in the back of the pavilion.

The pizza window is on the left side of the building.

For lunch, I started with Napoli’s pizza “special”.  A thick-crust Pizza Bianca covered with pomodoro (tomato sauce), prosciutto, arugula, and freshly-made mozzarella, I wondered if they gave me a double portion!

Initially, I had intended on going “boring”.  My goal had been to buy a simple slice of pepperoni pizza.  In the end, I wish I had.  I found the bianca to be too much “bread” and too little sauce.  The prosciutto and mozzarella were good, though.

When it came down to it, in reality, I had come for the meatballs!  I knew that I wanted to sample the window’s Polpette E Mozzarella Parmigiana!

Almost identical to a dish served by Italy at 2017’s “Food” & Garden Festival, Napoli’s version was equally outstanding!  Hand-made beef and veal meatballs.  Tomato sauce.  Mozzarella.  Parmigiano.  Fantastic!

My friends, my first taste of this iconic Epcot table service restaurant was a mixed bag, that’s for sure.  In the end, though, if those meatballs had been part of Food & Wine, they might have won the festival!

My recommendations?  Stay simple with your pizza order but get those meatballs!  Whether you dine inside or out, however, you’re bound to have a great Italian meal!  Buon appetito!

Dining Recon: Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante

By Evan Chaisson

While sitting at the Rose & Crown Pub – waiting for Illuminations to begin – I couldn’t stop thinking about the meal we just had … at Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria!

Huh?  What?  I know.  Rose & Crown is great, but I just have to write this review.  We had just left the Italy Pavilion and, yet again, had amazing food and fantastic service at Via Napoli.

First, a little bit about Via Napoli … it’s really the main restaurant in the Italy Pavilion.  Shhh.  Don’t tell Tutto Italia Ristorante, though.

Napoli’s specialty are its pizzas, pastas, and Italian drinks.  They boast an open concept kitchen and restaurant which only leads to one thing – this might be the loudest restaurant in all of Walt Disney World!

Of course, that being said, the noise is the only negative point we can make.  The positive?  Well, let’s get to the food.  Oh, just a hint … if you want bread service you have to request it, fans.  It’s very good and they serve plenty.

On this visit, we started with the Arancini.  Fried risotto filled with mozzarella and meat ragù, you get two “balls”.  Perfection!

Next, we moved on to entrées. As we normally do, my wife and I decided to split a dish.  Well, that turned out to be a large pizza.  We chose one that was half Margherita and half prosciutto and roasted peppers.

The prosciutto melts in your mouth, and trust me, folks, they don’t skimp on the toppings!  The roasted peppers – red, yellow, and orange – burst with flavor.

On the other hand, the Margherita pizza was in my wife’s words – “Oh, my!”  Her side of the pizza was covered in mozzarella, and the sauce was phenomenal.

We would recommend anybody who likes good Italian food to try Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria the next time that they are at Epcot.  I can, now, taste why it’s generally recognized as the best restaurant in Epcot.  In our opinion, it also has the best pizza on property!

It’s “Prime Time” for Table Services, Folks!

Well, I knew that our four finalists were evenly matched, my friends, but I never expected what happened yesterday.

50’s Prime Time ran off to an early, and big, lead.  It never looked back!

Well, actually, it did.  It had to.  Be Our Guest was chasing it with the intensity of a hungry wolverine!

Nevertheless, 50’s held off the Magic Kingdom champion and locked down the WDW title!

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A plate of “Prime Time” chicken as displayed on Disney’s site!

One of our readers summed up this unexpected victory best by saying, “Imagine that. A half-day Park with the #1 rated WDW restaurant!”

Pat Jeanetti of the Mickey Dudes Podcast added, “50’s has it all!  Great food, cast, and prices.”  He cheered Prime Time on all week.

In the end, you, the fans have spoken …

50’s Prime Time?  You are the WDW Fans’ Favorite WDW Parks Table Service Restaurant!  Congratulations to the “champ”!

VOTE! It’s the Grand ‘Parks Table Service’ Finale!

Another day of spirited voting yesterday, folks!  Thanks for the great work!  What did we achieve in Round 2?


Well, first, we’ve delivered four equally-strong restaurants into today’s final “match”.  Second, we’ve ousted another park champion!

Poor Rose & Crown.  You’ll always have your amazing, upset, victory in the Epcot tournament, though.  That should console you!

Today, we’re left with four.  You get to vote for ONE.  Who will win, folks?   We need a Parks champion.  Let’s elect one!  VOTE!

Eating in the Magic, Under the Stars, and with the Beasts!

Mrs. All in WDW tells me I should REALLY … “Change topics for Pete’s sake! How long can you ramble on about Parks Table Services?”

Uh, one more day, dear.  Then, I’m going to pop back over to Resorts Table Services for one last bit of “data crunching” and ranking.

For today, however, let’s tackle the remaining three parks, starting with …

Magic Kingdom

  1. Be Our Guest Restaurant – 119 total votes
  2. The Crystal Palace – 91
  3. Liberty Tree Tavern – 61
  4. Cinderella’s Royal Table – 38
  5. Tony’s Town Square Restaurant – 7
  6. The Plaza Restaurant – 5

The All in WDW family has NEVER dined at a Magic Kingdom table service restaurant.  To be honest, IF we eat in The Kingdom, we typically choose to have a burger at Pecos Bill Tall Tale Inn and Café.

Anyway, will we try a table service at some point?  Oh, I’m sure we will, but it will most likely be to enjoy a meal at Be Our Guest or Liberty Tree Tavern.  The other four choices hold little appeal for us.

Hollywood Studios

  1. 50’s Prime Time Café – 94
  2. The Hollywood Brown Derby – 19
  3. Sci-Fi Dine-In Theater Restaurant – 17
  4. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano – 13
  5. Hollywood & Vine – 7

Wow!  50’s, and, then, everyone else.  In fact, the Readers have spoken.  When in the Studios, go to 50’s Prime Time Café, folks.

We’ve dined at 50’s Prime Time, but I might not be allowed to return.  Why?  Well, I’m embarrassed to admit it, but Mom caught me cheating on my homework.  Actually, not only do we like 50’s, we like the fact that you can also enjoy its food, ambiance, and theming from a seat in the attached Tune-In Lounge!

It has been a very long time, but we have actually made a version of The Hollywood Brown Derby’s famous Cobb Salad.  That was years ago, pre-Atlanta and pre-blogging, but thinking about that salad makes me want to recreate it again.  Might have to happen in the near future!

Animal Kingdom

  1. Tusker House Restaurant – 78
  2. Yak & Yeti Restaurant – 20
  3. Rainforest Cafe at Disney’s Animal Kingdom – 3

As big fans of Animal Kingdom Lodge’s Boma, Mrs. All in WDW and I had been anxious to find a time to drop in on the Animal Kingdom’s food-fest – Tusker House.  We finally did it last year and enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s victory over Yak & Yeti and Rainforest Cafe came as no surprise.

Alternate Tusker

So, let me close with a few more blasts from the statistician’s side of my brain …

Margins of victory.  We know who the “champions” are, but by how much did they win their respective park’s title?

Epcot – Via Napoli won by 35 votes over Le Cellier
Magic Kingdom28
Hollywood Studios75 (Again, WOW!)
Animal Kingdom58

How do I interpret this?  Easy.  There is a clear and definite favorite in each and every park.  You want to eat once in each theme park?  We’ve got the four ADRs for ya’!

Average vote totals – all restaurants by park. What I mean here is … if all restaurants in a given park are taken together, what was the average of their collective OVERALL vote totals?

Epcot – an average overall vote total of 28.5 across its 17 restaurants
Magic Kingdom53.5
Hollywood Studios30.0
Animal Kingdom33.7

Interpretation?  It’s just plain hard to beat the love we have for the Magic Kingdom!  Buoyed mainly by Be Our Guest, Crystal Palace, and Liberty Tree Tavern, The Kingdom’s table services really racked up the support!