Chao Bella! Today we discuss the best Italian food at Disney World. And believe me, there are plenty to choose from. Whether you’re craving creamy ice cream, decadent desserts, cheesy pizza or indulgent pasta, you’re in the right place. We’ve already explored the best Chinese, Mexican, and French cuisine at Walt Disney World, so today let’s take a look at the incredible Italian food you’ll need on your next Walt Disney World vacation.
Our first stop on this food adventure will be Maria & Enzo’s Ristorante at Disney Springs. This restaurant, located in The Landing in Disney Springs, offers incredible Italian cuisine. It is not easy to choose which antipasti, main dishes and desserts you want to taste in this restaurant. By the way, we recommend that you enjoy each course – it’s so good. We are big fans of Polpettine Maria and Enzo. This antipasti proposal makes the perfect appetizer. This dish costs $16 and consists of stewed meatballs with rich ricotta and parmesan cheese. As a cheese lover, I heaven noshing on this course.
As for main courses, you have tasty options like lasagne bolognese with beef veal and pork stew available for $29. Or enjoy a di manzo suit of stewed beef short ribs with polenta fontina cream cheese and fried carrots and onions. This main course costs $39. Of course, this restaurant has a lot of food options and you will want to browse them. When it’s time for dessert, consider ordering ice cream or enjoying $16 classic cannoli siciliano.
If you want to enjoy the most refreshing Italian treats in an evening at Disney Springs, we recommend that you visit Vivoli il Gelato. This ice cream shop is available from 10:00 am to 11:00 pm every day, making it a great stop for an afternoon break to help you beat the Florida heat or for a sweet late night. Located near Maria & Enzo’s in The Landing, this authentic ice cream shop offers handmade recipes for this dessert. If the ice cream is too heavy for you, or if you prefer non-dairy treats, Vivoli il Gelato also offers plenty of sorbetto. In fact, for Guests 21+, Froze is a great choice. Other alcohol flavored sorbets are Cabernet sorbet and Schofferhofer grapefruit sorbet. In addition, there are various sorbetto flavors such as lime, mango and pineapple, as well as other fruit flavors.
If you want to enjoy ice cream (which we highly recommend), you can choose from flavors like Lemon Bar, Peanut Butter, Pistachio, Cookies and Cream, and Raspberry Cheesecake. The menu changes regularly, so while the flavor you choose may change, we assure you that alternative delicious flavors will be available in the store. Gelato and sorbetto are $7.50 per serving. If you want to enjoy a larger serving, you can purchase a cup with two scoops for $8.75. We recommend that you buy ice cream or sorbetto in a cup because the heat melts quickly.
But if you prefer waffle cones, they can be purchased for an additional $1.50.
This shop also serves traditional Italian desserts that you can enjoy. Ube tiramisu pop is a fun take on a classic Italian dessert. The $7 dessert consists of ube sweet cream with coconut and crushed graham crackers. Blueberry cannoli is another $7 dessert at this restaurant that is worth checking out. This light shell is stuffed with sweet avocado cream and fresh blueberries.
If you’re in the mood for a milkshake or a swim, this is also a great place. You can make your own milkshake for $10.50 and select traditional flavors for about $12 each. Don’t even tell us about the bakery’s extended menu of cannoli and biscuit sandwiches. This store is something you must experience for yourself.
Roman tomato bruschetta
In my opinion, one of the most underrated parts of Walt Disney World is the Disney Boardwalk. Located near EPCOT and Hollywood Studios, Disney’s Boardwalk is a great place to spend a day outside the parks. From enjoying cocktails and food to taking photos, relaxing in the sun, or visiting beautiful resorts, there’s plenty to do on the Disney Boardwalk. It just so happens that the area is also home to one of our favorite Italian restaurants at Walt Disney World. Stroll down Trattoria Al Forno on the Disney waterfront for a traditional Italian dinner with a glass of delicious wine. Trattoria Al Forno is located near Flying Fish and AbracadaBar and offers casual table dining.
This table service restaurant is open for breakfast and dinner, but our favorite time to visit is during dinner. There are so many hearty Italian dishes to enjoy. The Roman tomato bruschetta costs only $13 and is a damn delicious and flavorful snack. This appetizer consists of grilled ciabatta bread with basil and bright fresh roma tomatoes drizzled with balsamic vinegar. Can you imagine a better meal?
Fragrant squid is a guest favorite at $17 and insalata caprese is $13. Insalata caprese is served with homemade burrata, ripe tomatoes and delicious extra virgin olive oil. When it’s time for first courses, we recommend grilled swordfish. This dish consists of delicious swordfish grilled to perfection and served with cannellini beans, zucchini, onions, bell peppers and pancetta for $32.
If you’re craving steak, we recommend the Oak Grilled Florentine Steak. This $39 entree consists of a grilled steak of your choice and served with roasted vegetables, juicy potatoes in olive oil and amarone butter. When it’s time for dessert, you should treat yourself to affogato al cafe. This $8 dessert combines frozen coconut vanilla milk with hazelnut chocolate ribbons and amaretti cookies. Delicious!
A little more walking along the Disney promenade, you will find our next recommendation for Italian food at Il Mulino. Located in the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel, this Italian restaurant serves upscale and delicious specialties. As with any signature dinner, you’ll see a more expensive menu that ranges from $35 to $60 per adult. Il Mulino New York Trattoria was the original home of this restaurant, and Il Mulino at the Swan offers traditional Italian dishes with the same precision and superior taste. The appetizer we especially love at this restaurant is prosciutto and melon. This appetizer of aged prosciutto and seasonal melon costs $14. It is unique and fragrant.
If you’re looking for something more traditional, try polpette al forno. This appetizer of Italian meatballs is served with a tomato-basil sauce and topped with Parmesan cheese. Our top recommendation is to share one of the appetizers meant for two people. Insaccati misti offers a platter of Italian delicacies such as prosciutto, mortadella, sospressata, parmesan reggiano, roasted red peppers, cherry vinegar hot peppers and buffalo mozzarella, just to name a few. This decadent and delicious appetizer lets you sample so many flavors of Italy for $26.
Of course, we can’t talk about the incredible Italian food at Walt Disney World without visiting the EPCOT Pavilion of Italy. This World Showcase pavilion offers incredible food, fast food restaurants and table service. From cocktails and pizza to espresso, you can’t go wrong at this pavilion. If you are looking for a dinner service to satisfy your craving for Italian cuisine, we recommend Tutto Italia Ristorante. Open every day for lunch and dinner, this restaurant is my choice of pasta when visiting Disneyland. I recommend starting lunch or dinner with squid frites. For $23, you can get this delicious appetizer served with piccante marinara.
If salmon sounds like a great dish to you, we recommend pan-fried salmon fillet served with asparagus and herb sauce. This dish costs $34 and is truly a light, fresh and delicious main course. As I said, my favorite dish in this restaurant is pasta. Ravioli, fettuccine and gnocchi are delicious, but when in doubt, I always choose fettuccine and add grilled chicken breast.
Fettuccine topped with a delicious creamy Parmesan sauce. I enjoyed adding the shrimp and chicken breast each time I ordered this dish and alternating the protein I choose on each visit. As you know, there are options for quick service desserts that you can pick up from the quick service stops at the pavilion of Italy if you prefer to wait a while to enjoy your dessert after leaving the restaurant. However, if you decide to indulge in a sweet meal (dessert) at Tutto Italia Ristorante, tiramisu is a great ending. I love the coffee flavor of this dessert, but never find the flavor of espresso too strong or bitter. Do yourself a favor and order dessert, you won’t regret it!
What is your favorite Italian food at Walt Disney World?