Via Napoli-Worth the Hype?

Lydia S

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I've heard good things about Via Napoli for pizza, but checked out the menu and noticed that it's at least $40 for a larger sized pizza (big enough to feed a family of 4). For those of you that have been, is it worth it? Does the QS location in Italy serve pizza of the same quality? We're going during the holidays, so those kiosks will be up and running, so I'm almost thinking we should skip table service restaurants in Epcot and do the kiosks and QS locations instead.
 
  • goofyintoronto

    We the North! Lets go Raptors!
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    Mar 29, 2011
    I've heard good things about Via Napoli for pizza, but checked out the menu and noticed that it's at least $40 for a larger sized pizza (big enough to feed a family of 4). For those of you that have been, is it worth it? Does the QS location in Italy serve pizza of the same quality? We're going during the holidays, so those kiosks will be up and running, so I'm almost thinking we should skip table service restaurants in Epcot and do the kiosks and QS locations instead.
    No the pizza window isnt even remotely the same pizza as they service inside Via Napoli. The pizza window is exactly the same pizza that is served at any other QS pizza in disney. Not very good to be honest.

    Via Napoli has very good pizza. I asbolutely love it there. Totally worth it IMHO. :cloud9:
     

    DisneyWishes14

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    I agree with the PP's. The pizza is really good and, when you are splitting the larger pizzas with multiple people, I think it can be a good value. That being said, we really enjoy the kiosks at Festival of the Holidays. You can't go wrong either way.
     

    melissa723

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    Apr 24, 2014
    There is definitely hype over the pizza there, which is why we gave it a second chance back in July. While the pizza was definitely tasty, it wasn't anything spectacular, at least to me. I will say that what you get for your money is hands down one of the best values on property, but if I were choosing between the holiday booths and Via Napoli, I'd probably pick the booths just for the fun of it.
     
  • Cynner

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    It is fantastic pizza - but it is Neapolitan pizza, real Neapolitan pizza. I lived in Naples Italy for 2 years, and biting into their pizza is like being transported back to my favorite restaurant along the promenade on the bay of Naples. I am not joking. They use certified and verified ingredients to get their pizza recipes as close to the real thing as is possible in the US. We go here every trip to WDW.
    Not everyone likes Neapolitan pizza - so there is that. The crust is thin, but not crispy, it's flavorful and delicious on it's own. It will have light char marks on it from the wood fired oven. It's best to do light and not very wet toppings, or the water from the toppings will weaken the crust. Traditional pizza is just sauce and a little cheese and basil (colors of the flag of Italy!). The mozerella is fresh, and buffalo mozerella is the most traditional choice. The sauce is made with specific tomatoes from Italy, and is not spicy or sweet, but compliments the flavors of the crust and cheese. I only add proscuitto to that, and it's laid across the pizza as soon as it comes out of the oven and not cooked on it. Fungi (mushrooms) is another rather traditional choice. Pepperoni, sausage and the like are not traditional choices, so the combination may or may not work well for you. The crust cannot successfully hold the weight of a lot of toppings, it's delicious in it's simplicity, allowing you to taste all of the flavors.
    I also love that all the waiters are from Italy, and when they know I lived there, they get very chatty. I've had them sit down and talk about Naples with me when it wasn't so crowded.
     

    MomOTwins

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    The gross pizza at the counter service window runs between $6.75 and $8.75 per slice. The mezzo metro split four was is $10 per person. So you are asking if it is worth an upgrade cost of $1-3 per person. Yes.
     

    Moliphino

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    The gross pizza at the counter service window runs between $6.75 and $8.75 per slice. The mezzo metro split four was is $10 per person. So you are asking if it is worth an upgrade cost of $1-3 per person. Yes.
    The slices outside are huge, though, and thicker with more cheese than the pizza inside (Roman style vs. Naples style). We split two pieces between four people.
     

    MomOTwins

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    The slices outside are huge, though, and thicker with more cheese than the pizza inside (Roman style vs. Naples style). We split two pieces between four people.
    Sure, but a
    mezzo metro is wayyy bigger than two slices at the kiosk. So
    by that logic, if you were planning to eat lighter and share the counter service pizza, you could order a large pizza at via napoli instead of mezzo metro and share for $7.25 per person for four people.
     
  • NickC

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    It is fantastic pizza - but it is Neapolitan pizza, real Neapolitan pizza. I lived in Naples Italy for 2 years, and biting into their pizza is like being transported back to my favorite restaurant along the promenade on the bay of Naples. I am not joking. They use certified and verified ingredients to get their pizza recipes as close to the real thing as is possible in the US. We go here every trip to WDW.
    Not everyone likes Neapolitan pizza - so there is that. The crust is thin, but not crispy, it's flavorful and delicious on it's own. It will have light char marks on it from the wood fired oven. It's best to do light and not very wet toppings, or the water from the toppings will weaken the crust. Traditional pizza is just sauce and a little cheese and basil (colors of the flag of Italy!). The mozerella is fresh, and buffalo mozerella is the most traditional choice. The sauce is made with specific tomatoes from Italy, and is not spicy or sweet, but compliments the flavors of the crust and cheese. I only add proscuitto to that, and it's laid across the pizza as soon as it comes out of the oven and not cooked on it. Fungi (mushrooms) is another rather traditional choice. Pepperoni, sausage and the like are not traditional choices, so the combination may or may not work well for you. The crust cannot successfully hold the weight of a lot of toppings, it's delicious in it's simplicity, allowing you to taste all of the flavors.
    I also love that all the waiters are from Italy, and when they know I lived there, they get very chatty. I've had them sit down and talk about Naples with me when it wasn't so crowded.
    Me and my wife went to Naples in March. We are going to Via Napoli in November, so I'm curious to see how it compares. I've eaten there before, but it has been a long time.
    Off topic a bit, but the mussels in Naples are the most delicious food I've ever tasted.
     

    OasterP

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    I think it's delicious. I think the pic above is of the mezzo size, but I could be wrong. We got the large last week when we went and it was a different shape. I failed to get a pic of the entire thing, but I did get a picture of the slice I was eating. If you like that style of pizza, then I think it's worth it and delicous if you feel like pizza.

    If everyone wants something different than can't go wrong with the food booth idea.pizza 1.jpg
     

    katherine52478

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    My son requests it every trip! The large has been plenty for the three of us when we also order a salad or appetizer. This past trip, we all wanted different toppings so we did three individual. They were the perfect size for us! Very tasty and fresh and light. I grew up in a Brooklyn so I was used to NY pizza. This is different from traditional “slices” but I don’t compare them, I just like them both!

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    disneygirlsng

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    It is fantastic pizza - but it is Neapolitan pizza, real Neapolitan pizza. I lived in Naples Italy for 2 years, and biting into their pizza is like being transported back to my favorite restaurant along the promenade on the bay of Naples. I am not joking. They use certified and verified ingredients to get their pizza recipes as close to the real thing as is possible in the US. We go here every trip to WDW.
    Not everyone likes Neapolitan pizza - so there is that. The crust is thin, but not crispy, it's flavorful and delicious on it's own. It will have light char marks on it from the wood fired oven. It's best to do light and not very wet toppings, or the water from the toppings will weaken the crust. Traditional pizza is just sauce and a little cheese and basil (colors of the flag of Italy!). The mozerella is fresh, and buffalo mozerella is the most traditional choice. The sauce is made with specific tomatoes from Italy, and is not spicy or sweet, but compliments the flavors of the crust and cheese. I only add proscuitto to that, and it's laid across the pizza as soon as it comes out of the oven and not cooked on it. Fungi (mushrooms) is another rather traditional choice. Pepperoni, sausage and the like are not traditional choices, so the combination may or may not work well for you. The crust cannot successfully hold the weight of a lot of toppings, it's delicious in it's simplicity, allowing you to taste all of the flavors.
    I also love that all the waiters are from Italy, and when they know I lived there, they get very chatty. I've had them sit down and talk about Naples with me when it wasn't so crowded.
    Yes!! I ate at Via Napoli for the first time shortly after a trip to Italy that included Naples, I was shocked at how incredibly similar it was. Delicious!!
     

    NYCgrrl

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    I've heard good things about Via Napoli for pizza, but checked out the menu and noticed that it's at least $40 for a larger sized pizza (big enough to feed a family of 4). For those of you that have been, is it worth it? Does the QS location in Italy serve pizza of the same quality? We're going during the holidays, so those kiosks will be up and running, so I'm almost thinking we should skip table service restaurants in Epcot and do the kiosks and QS locations instead.
    VN pizza from the sit down area of the restaurant is delicious. Never had the mezzo style which has a crisper crust by design as we prefer the classic Neapolitan version. The "stuff" offered by the slice at VN's window is of no particular style I'm aware of (certainly not Roman unless Rome, NY, has a special type of pie) although it's still better than the pie offered for takeout on the Boardwalk. Want a good tasting Sicilian slice? Go to Pizza Ponte in Disney Springs which accepts all the dining plans.
     

    DuskKodesh

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    *Bracing for hate* I did hear a lot of hype about the pizza last trip so it was one of the dining reservations I didn't end up dropping, I rather wish I had. The crust was fantastic... but the whole things was just meh to both me and my hubs. (Again, just personal opinion. I guess we just have weird tastes) It was also pretty darn pricey OOP with slow service. We had to walk up and flag someone down after waiting twenty minutes on our check, drinks were never refilled, etc. Festival of the arts was running on our days and we should have just eaten at the booths honestly for the variety and ability to taste lots of things and move at our own pace rather than taking an hour and a half for a meal.

    There are lots of people that love it though so maybe give it a try and see how you feel about it. You can always split one pizza among multiple people and each just have a small piece.
     

    sullyfam

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    We weren't overly impressed with it but you're right that it definitely does get a lot of hype, especially on these boards. From the chaotic waiting area to what we thought was "just OK" food and relatively slow service, we weren't in any rush to go back. If you haven't tried it, you should though. I'm all for trying things at least once. Via Napoli has many fans as you can see!
     

    NYCgrrl

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    *Bracing for hate* I did hear a lot of hype about the pizza last trip so it was one of the dining reservations I didn't end up dropping, I rather wish I had. The crust was fantastic... but the whole things was just meh to both me and my hubs. (Again, just personal opinion. I guess we just have weird tastes) It was also pretty darn pricey OOP with slow service. We had to walk up and flag someone down after waiting twenty minutes on our check, drinks were never refilled, etc. Festival of the arts was running on our days and we should have just eaten at the booths honestly for the variety and ability to taste lots of things and move at our own pace rather than taking an hour and a half for a meal.

    There are lots of people that love it though so maybe give it a try and see how you feel about it. You can always split one pizza among multiple people and each just have a small piece.
    The service is part of the unplanned fun for us:D. Will we get a server who knows what he/she is doing this time? At it's worst it's like watching the 3 Stooges with Topo Gigio (Dang, I just dated myself bigtime). I can and do put up with it since I like the eats. The prices seem reasonable to me when I compare it to a good pie's price in CT or NYC.
    I wouldn't say your tastes are weird just different. Now if you said you like pizza with pineapple on it that would be weird;).
     

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