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A deep dive into the Italy pavilion (pizza, gelato, entertainment)

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A deep dive into the Italy pavilion (pizza, gelato, entertainment)

One of the most unique elements of Epcot is the World Showcase, which is home to a total of 11 countries.

Exploring each of the pavilions is one of the best parts of the park, in addition to, of course, riding attractions, eating, and drinking around the world.

The countries have so much to offer. Plus, they each have their own unique elements, including special entertainment, attractions, character meet and greets, and more.

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If you want to know more about the Italy pavilion at Epcot, we have you covered!

Here we take a deep dive into one of the more popular pavilions thanks to the Italian food (pastas, pizzas, gelati, and more!). The architecture here is also quite stunning, along with the views of Spaceship Earth.

Also keep in mind that while Italy is beautiful, it is one of the hottest pavilions! It’s like a giant pizza oven with all the hard surfaces.

Overview

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  • Location: World Showcase (between Germany and American Adventure)
  • Restaurants: 3 Quick Service (Gelateria Toscana, Pizza al Taglio, Beer and Wine Cart); 3 Table Service (Tutto Italia Ristorante, Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar, Via Napoli e Pizzeria)
  • Shops: La Bottega Italiana, Il Bel Cristallo, La Gemma Elegante
  • Entertainment: Sergio
  • Attractions: None
  • Characters: None
  • Popular snacks and drinks: Pizza slice (Pizza al Taglio), Gelati (Gelateria Toscana), Italian Margarita (Gelateria Toscana)
  • Not-to-miss: Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, Fountain of Neptune, Sergio

Italy Pavilion Map

italy pavilion map - epcot

Dining

The Italy pavilion has several dining options that include both Quick Service and Table Service, with the latter almost always requiring reservations. Obviously, you’ll be able to find Italian cuisine here, including pizzas, pastas, and a range of desserts.

Quick Service Restaurants

Gelateria Toscana

gelateria toscana - italy pavilion - epcot

Gelateria Toscana is a Quick Service stand located at the front of the pavilion, closer to the American Adventure pavilion.

gelato - gelateria toscana - italy pavilion - epcot

The menu consists of a variety of snacks, including (and most importantly) gelato! From chocolate, to vanilla, to pistachio, to cherry, they aren’t short on flavors.

italian margarita - italy pavilion - gelateria toscana - epcot

You can also order other Italian desserts, like tiramisù. Plus, there are both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Try an espresso, or a Lemon Italian Sparkling Soda, or a Frozen Sangria, or an Italian Margarita.

Beer and Wine Cart

beer and wine cart - italy pavilion - epcot

Once you enter the Italy pavilion, you’ll find a beer and wine cart on the right-hand side near the Fountain of Neptune.

There usually isn’t a long line here and makes a great spot to grab a drink while you explore the country.

The cart also offers select Italian treats, like gelato and sorbet.

Pizza al Taglio

pizza al taglio - italy pavilion - epcot

Pizza al Taglio is the popular pizza window located right next to Via Napoli Pizzeria e Ristorante.

But, know that this isn’t the same pizza that is served at the Table Service restaurant. The pizza is much better at Via Napoli.

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However, this pizza window still has tasty slices, including cheese and pepperoni. Plus, they’re huge!

cheese pizza from pizza al taglio - epcot - italy pavilion

It’s the perfect place to have a quick bite to eat and to appease any picky eaters in your party.

There is a negative to Pizza al Taglio — it doesn’t have a consistent schedule. Times aren’t listed online or in the My Disney Experience app, either.

You basically just have to hope it’s open when you’re visiting.

Table Service Restaurants

Tutto Italia Ristorante

tutto italia ristorante - italy pavilion - epcot

Tutto Italia Ristorante is a really nice sit-down restaurant, where reservations are highly recommended.

The menu (which is created by award-winning chef and California restaurateur Joachim Splichal) includes many favorites, like a selection of different pastas, fish, and steak. There are also some great vegetarian options and of course a kids’ menu.

And, we can’t forget the most important meal of the day: dessert. If you love Italian sweets, cannoli, anyone?), there are plenty of menu items to order for either lunch or dinner.

Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar

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Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar is a lounge attached to Tutto Italia Ristorante.

Reservations are not needed or accepted here, but you simply walk up and see if anything is available.

You can order from a large selection of both small and big plates. Plus, there are desserts and drinks available for purchase.

If you want Italian at the last minute or can’t get into Tutto Italia Ristorante, this is another great option, but keep in mind that it may not open until later in the day.

Via Napoli e Pizzeria

via napoli - italy pavilion - epcot

Via Napoli e Pizzeria is the most popular place to dine in the Italy pavilion. Reservations are definitely recommended (and go fast) here.

While the lunch and dinner menu has other choices besides pizza, you definitely want to get the pizza.

pizza - via napoli e pizzeria

As you can see here, the pizzas are huge and perfect for sharing!

pizza - via napoli e pizzeria

If you’re in the mood for pizza, this is the place you want to visit. Trust us.

The drinks are also pretty tasty here too, like this sangria. You can either order a glass or a carafe for the table.

sangria - via napoli - epcot - italy pavilion

FYI: You can take your drinks with you here. Just ask your server for a to-go cup!

Seating Areas

The Italy pavilion has a few places to sit.

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There are tables and chairs (some with umbrellas) scattered around, especially near Pizza al Taglio.

You’ll also find benches or walls that you can sit on to rest, eat, or drink.

Shops

There are 3 different shops in this pavilion offering a range of Italian merchandise. Let’s check them out!

La Bottega Italiana

la bottega italiana - italy pavilion - epcot

La Bottega Italiana is where you can find Venetian masks, cookware, Italian food items, and other decor.

italian apparel - la bottega italiana - epcot italy pavilion

Il Bel Cristallo

il bel cristallo - italy pavilion - epcot

Il Bel Cristallo houses exquisite Italian wares, including Murano glass, porcelain, crystal, chic handbags, clothing, and accessories.

il bel cristallo merchandise - italy pavilion - epcot

La Gemma Elegante

la gemma elegante - italy pavilion - epcot

La Gemma Elegante has perfume, leather goods, Venetian masks, and more.

As you can see below, there is a fun option available here that allows guests to paint their own masks.

But, you cannot do this inside the store. You’ll purchase all your items and then are given a bag of paints and brushes to take with you.

venetian masks - la gemma elegante - italy pavilion - epcot

Prices start at $30, but will increase if you choose a different mask than the one included.

Entertainment

The main form of entertainment in the Italy pavilion is a solo act — Sergio!

sergio - italian mime - epcot italy pavilion

Sergio is described a “master juggler and mime.” In addition to juggling, his performance includes audience participation, different antics, and other skills.

sergio - italian mime - epcot italy pavilion

He performs his 20-minute act near the front of the pavilion. You can find daily showtimes in the My Disney Experience app or on a sign in Italy.

Activities

There are only a couple activities in this pavilion that may be of interest.

Kidcot Fun Stop

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Like the 10 other country pavilions in the World Showcase, Italy also has a Kidcot Fun Stop location.

This makes for a fun family-friendly activity that not only keeps little ones interested as you walk around to each country, but is educational.

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All you have to do is visit each station. Then, you can collect an activity card detailing facts and activities featuring the culture and traditions of that particular country. These make for a fun souvenir.

These stops are also completely free!

You can find Italy’s Kidcot stop outside, near La Bottega Italiana.

Save this checklist and have your little one check off each Kidcot Fun Stop as you make your way through each country.

epcot kidcot fun stop checklist

Coin Press Machine

For $1.00, you can use this coin press machine to create an Italian and Disney-themed pressed penny. Many of them feature Mickey!

coin press machine - italy pavilion - epcot

You can also get 3 pennies for $3. This coin press inside La Bottega Italiana.

Best Harmonious Views

The Italy pavilion offers some great views of Harmonious, as you can see below.

italy pavilion - harmonious views - epcot

You may even find a spot with a table or a bench that is great while you’re waiting for the show to begin.

italy pavilion - harmonious views - epcot

As for the open space by the gondolas. While this does make a decent Harmonious viewing section (minus some pole blockage), sometimes this area is closed for private events.

You definitely want to keep that in mind when choosing a post to watch the nighttime spectacular.

italy pavilion - harmonious views - private event

Other reasons Italy makes a great spot to watch Harmonious:

  • You can find restrooms in either the American Adventure or Germany pavilions, which are located one either side of Italy
  • If you’re hungry or thirsty, you can visit not only locations in Italy, but Germany and America both have plenty of options
  • There are several activities in the pavilion and also nearby providing entertainment, like Sergio, concerts at the America Gardens Theatre, Kidcot Fun Stops, and more

What to look out for:

  • Italy has some fantastic views, but the BEST ones are typically reserved for private events.

Here’s what Harmonious’ view looks like from the Italy pavilion:

Italy - Harmonious

Be sure to grab your viewing spot no less than 60 minutes before showtime. Space can fill up quickly. 

You can find that night’s Harmonious showtime in the My Disney Experience app.

Harmonious Viewing Map

best harmonious views map — Epcot

Festival Exclusives

Like every other country in the World Showcase, different festival exclusives can be found in the American Adventure pavilion.

This is for all 4 Epcot festivals: Food and WineFestival of the HolidaysFestival of the Arts, and Flower and Garden.

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These include (to name a few):

Italy booth menu epcot international food and wine festival

While there might not be a ton to do in the Italy pavilion, there’s no denying that the Table Service food usually hits the spots. Plus, the views are pretty nice, too.

Italy Pavilion Checklist

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What’s your favorite thing about the Italy pavilion at Epcot? Tell us in the comments!

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