Via Napoli opened their doors at Epcot in the Italy Pavilion in 2010, and they just celebrated serving their millionth pizza with a luncheon with familiar favorites and highlights from their new menu featuring new salads, pizzas, pastas, and more.
Chef Charlie Restivo heads up the culinary team at Via Napoli, and he let us in on the secret to the success of Via Napoli. And he attributes the popularity of the pizzas to the recipe and specifically the components they use to create the pizzas. According to Chef Charlie, it all starts with the dough, which is his signature recipe that he’s brought into each of the restaurant’s he’s opened for Patina. The water Chef Charlie uses as part of his dough at Via Napoli mirrors the same properties as the water found in Naples – a hard water – that when mixed with Caputo “00” flour provides the perfect texture, elasticity and chew. Topped with only the finest ingredients (including san marzano tomatoes, Fior Di Latte mozzarella and prosciutto di Parma) Via Napoli’s pizzas are regarded as some of the best in the country.
But Chef Charlie doesn’t only excel at making pizza, and his other signature dishes are another part of what makes Via Napoli one of the best Italian restaurants in Central Florida.
I really enjoyed everything we sampled at Via Napoli, and with so many new and old favorites I thought I would share some of my favorites.
Nine Things To Order At Via Napoli
1.Insalata di Ceci
Chickpea fritters, arugula, scamorza, cherry tomato, onion, avocado, bacon, mushroom $13
2. Limited Time Pasta Special
Truffled fettuccine carbonara with guanciale “Itlalian Bacon” egg noddles and pecorino cheese $26
White pizza: mozzarella, smoked salmon, arugula, pomodorini, stracchino $23 | $36 | $48
Fresh cherry tomatoes, mozzarella, porchetta, robiola, broccoli rabe $22 | $35 | $48
5.Tortino di Melanzane
Traditional preparation of eggplant with tomato sauce, parmesan & mozzarella, served with roasted potatoes $22
hand-crafted veal meatballs & tomato sauce with mozzarella and fresh basil
7. Prosciutto e Melone Pizza
White pizza: fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, cantaloupe, arugula $23 | $36 | $48
Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, chocolate $9
9. Classic Margherita Pizza
Tomato sauce, mozzarella, basil $18 | $29 | $39