Should you’re searching for first rate Italian meals in Walt Disney World, you don’t should look too far.
In each park (save Animal Kingdom) there are Italian eating places — some higher than others — and Disney Springs has a number of from which to decide on (suppose: Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante, Terralina Crafted Italian, Enzo’s Hideaway Tunnel Bar). Even the resorts get in on the motion with certainly one of our favorites — Il Mulino — situated on the Swan Lodge.
After which, after all, there’s the Italy Pavilion in Epcot’s World Showcase, the place meals is widely known in a number of varieties: pizza at Through Napoli, gelato at a cart outdoors, wine within the Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, and traditional Italian dishes at Tutto Italia.
Tutto Italia opened in 2013 within the house previously occupied by Alfredo’s. And regardless that the title had modified, a whole lot of Alfredo’s remained. The general styling of the restaurant was retained — murals, crystal chandeliers, and darkish wooden create a chic ambiance — whereas the menu satisfies with conventional Italian dishes.
It’s been some time since my final official evaluation of Tutto Italia (see that evaluation right here!), so on a current journey I made a decision it was time to return and see if this oft-forgotten spot is value a extra common go to.
Tutto Italia’s design aesthetic options some traditional, elegant components. They mix to create a welcoming house that definitely doesn’t really feel such as you’re in the course of Walt Disney World.
The crystal chandeliers solid heat gentle, highlighting the darkish moldings on the ceiling. Murals depict Roman scenes with pillars, arches, and evergreens.
Seating at Tutto Italia consists of this fantastically upholstered banquette in addition to padded chairs.
Seating towards the middle of the principle eating room additionally combines banquettes and chairs, and desk settings are easy and practical.
Adjoining to the principle eating room is a vibrant, sunny house with a number of giant home windows letting in some pure gentle. This solar room is a stunning place to dine.
Tutto Italia seems out over the courtyard of the Italy Pavilion, and on delicate days, this outside patio seating is a deal with. Shades and ceiling followers assist to average the temperature, however when the shades are up, there’s loads of folks watching to take pleasure in.
Patio seating is a extra informal affair, with these slatted chairs and metal-footed tables.
The general feeling contained in the restaurant could come off a bit stuffy for some, and people eating with kids — whereas completely welcome wherever within the restaurant — could also be extra snug outdoors, the place the vibe is extra laid again.
One factor I’d choose isn’t laid again: the meals. Deliver on the considerate plates of pasta, greens, proteins, and cheese! The lunch menu at Tutto Italia options fewer choices than the dinner menu, omitting classes for Insalate and Panini, however it’s nonetheless received a wide selection of dishes for quite a lot of tastes.
Whether or not you dine for lunch or dinner, you’ll obtain bread and olives to begin. The bread right here was once a pleasant, mushy foccacia, however it’s seen a downgrade. The rolls have been exhausting — actually exhausting — to eat. The sliced bread and breadsticks have been nice however nothing particular.
Inexperienced olives are giant and enjoyable for olive lovers. Not being a fan myself, I follow the bread dipped on this top quality further virgin olive oil.
I ordered two appetizers. The primary — Prosciutto di Parma — featured some conventional prosciutto that was salty and wealthy. Advantageous however nothing particular. However the Schiacciata Toscana it’s served with is excellent!
Schiacciata Toscana is an Italian flatbread, and this model is filled with dried figs. Between the feel of the bread and the refined sweetness of the fig, it was superior. I’d fortunately have eaten a basket of this.
The Tortino de Zucchine is a baked zucchini appetizer that’s made with pomodoro sauce, mozzarella, and Parmesan. The cheeses have been surprisingly robust, however I liked that about it. (Diners who don’t love robust cheese would possibly wish to skip this one.) As a starter, it’s a terrific portion and gives some freshness with the greens. Vegetarians: it is a satisfying appetizer or meal. This was simply my favourite a part of my complete meal (together with dessert!).
For one entree I went with Gamberi — primarily shrimp scampi. As pasta dishes go, this may be thought-about a lighter one because of the lemon-infused butter sauce. However, you realize, pasta and butter sauce. This dish was pretty flavorful and nice. Impressed? No. Precisely what I anticipated? Sure.
Tortellini Panna e Prosciutto got here extremely beneficial by my server, and it was simple to see why as quickly because the dish was put in entrance of me. Creamy, tacky sauce coated al dente tortellini that was stuffed with much more cheese. The sauce was flecked with bits of prosciutto and peas, and the entire dish was dusted with grated Parmesan. It was extremely wealthy and indulgent, and though it additionally wasn’t notably impressed, it was satisfying.
Dessert was a slice of Mocha Tiramisu with mascarpone, espresso-soaked Savoiardi biscuits, and cocoa dusted on high. This wasn’t thrilling, however it was effectively constructed and tasted as traditional because it comes.
And that’s primarily Tutto Italia in a nutshell: well-constructed and as traditional, however nothing particular or revolutionary (besides perhaps that fig bread and zucchini appetizer). Should you’re searching for revolutionary delicacies or creativity, this isn’t the place for you. Italian meals completed classically and comparatively effectively? Si.
Nosh or Not
Say buongiorno to Tutto Italia if:
You’re searching for an Italian restaurant at Epcot that isn’t Through Napoli.
You want someplace comparatively quiet to flee the crowds.
You’re keen on all issues Italian: structure, design, and meals.
Row your gondola elsewhere if:
You need actually good Italian meals at Walt Disney World (and don’t thoughts strolling over to Il Mulino).
Italian meals actually doesn’t enchantment to you.
You don’t have time for desk service; Soarin’ awaits!
Tutto Italia is a superbly satisfactory Italian restaurant — good, even, by theme park requirements. However with so many choices in World Showcase, it’s exhausting to advocate common visits to Tutto Italia. The meals is sweet, not nice, and it lacks a sure vitality that you’ll find elsewhere, even in elegant areas like Le Cellier and extra clearly energetic locations like Through Napoli or Spice Street Desk. Nonetheless, when you’re on a mission to strive all the Italian eating places on property, you possible gained’t be disenchanted with the standard expertise you’ll discover at Tutto Italia.
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