One of the original Marketplace Kiosks when the festival first opened, Italy returns to 2010 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival with some new dishes. Replacing its offering of pizza – perhaps due to the presence of the new Via Napolia pizzeria in Epcot’s World Showcase – are some selections sure to please those familiar with Italian American fare: meatballs, cheese ravioli with meat sauce, and a chocolate cannoli.
Italy (Introduced to Food & Wine, 1996)
- Polpettine Toscane (meatballs) with a Rosemary Breadstick*
- Baked Cheese Ravioli, Creamy Bolognese Sauce and Melted Mozzarella*
- Cannolo Al Cioccolato (chocolate cannoli)* [V]
- Primavera Fruit Smoothie
- Fantinel Prosecco (White)
- Chianti Placido Banfi (Red)
- Pinot Sartori Banfi (White)
- Moretti Beer
*Items available with a Disney Dining Plan snack credit. [V] indicates vegetarian food.
Epcot Food & Wine mini-review: With no savory dish for vegetarians, and my disinclination to eat just the breadstick or try the cheese ravioli without sauce, I opted for the Chocolate Cannoli. While I prefer more traditional cannoli (especially with strong orange flavors and topped with pistachios) I don’t turn my nose up at a chocolate version.
Ah, the cannoli are fresh and made for chocolate lovers, with the shell dipped in chocolate and the filling dotted with miniature chocolate chips. For my taste, the chocolate of the cannoli overshadowed other flavors. And I didn’t catch much orange or other citrus flavor. But the shell was crisp, the cannoli ingredients were of high quality, and they were just the right size for the festival (about two fingers in width and length).
If you’ve never tried cannoli, or don’t have a good local source for the dessert, sample the ones at Epcot. If you enjoy cannoli, give it a try; it may not rock your dessert world, but it’s hard to go wrong with this classic.
Disney Dining Beyond Food & Wine: Italian food is everywhere at Walt Disney World Resort, from the casual Via Napoli pizzeria and the table-service Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot, to the family-friendly Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano in Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Tony’s Town Square Restaurant in Magic Kingdom. For a Signature Dining experience featuring Southern Europe cuisine more broadly, try Citricos.
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