Every once in a while you just need a “Girls Day Out” with one of your best girlfriends.
We are quickly transitioning from Winter to Summer here in Central Florida with a very abbreviated Spring season and my friend Jennifer and I decided that we were long overdue for some girl time and gossip. What’s better than a little day drinking, noshing and chatting in the most magical place on earth right?
Luckily I can call the Epcot theme park my “local” park and as a passholder get to visit as often as I like.
Jennifer and I had tried out the Spice Road Table sangria (in Morocco) on an earlier visit and over that pitcher she had told me that we must go to Via Napoli, in Epcot’s Italy pavilion, to try the sangria there…which she said far surpassed the sangria at Spice Road Table, so it was a no brainer that Via Napoli would be the choice of the day. Added bonus…10% off on lunch Monday through Friday for annual passholders.
I was concerned that we had not made an Advanced Dining Reservation (ADR) for our lunch outing. It’s Spring Break here at Walt Disney World and the parks tend to be chaos. Jennifer reassured me that if we arrived when they opened at 11:30 we were sure to be able to get a seat. She was right.
We arrived promptly at 11:30 and were escorted to our table around five minutes later.
We had decided that we would just order and appetizer and the pitcher of sangria. Right now the 2014 Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is in full swing and we wanted to save some room to sample a few of the selections available at the Outdoor Kitchens situated around the World Showcase promenade.
Right away I noticed a placard on the table with a special offering for the Flower & Garden Festival…Flower Pizza!
As tempting as it was to order this dish simply on the merits of me being able to say I had flower pizza for lunch, I stuck to the plan of apps and sangria.
I attended the Grand Opening of this restaurant in August of 2010 for a review over on my other site Disney Every Day and I knew that I HAD to go with the Arancini ($11) Fried saffron risotto balls filled with mozzarella and meat ragu. I literally could have eaten two…maybe three more plates of these fried little rounds of deliciousness. And the sauce it what really hits this appetizer out of the park.
Jennifer and I decided on splitting a pitcher of the white sangria. There is also an option of red. My friends Karen and Andy order the sangria at Via Napoli as well. After they are done drinking the sangria Andy likes to eat what he calls his “fruit salad”. If you order the pitcher you’re going to get roughly 4.5 – 5 glasses.
It was nice to sit and chat while we sipped our wine. Via Napoli is truly a beautiful establishment. I only wish we had been seated at one of the tables closest to the front windows so that we could have done some people watching that day. That’s one of my favorite things to do at Walt Disney World. People watch.
Jennifer tends to have a bit of a sweet tooth and could not pass up the opportunity to get the tirimisu. Normally she comes here with her family and I think her son takes the lion’s share of dessert when they order a plate for the table. I let her have the entire thing. I just snuck one bite. It wasn’t much to look at, but boy was it creamy and delicious. Tiramisu ($9) Mascarpone cream, espresso coffee, lady fingers, and chocolate.
That concluded our initial meal for the day. It was a sweet ending. I ate my “fruit salad” and we headed out for a leisurely stroll around World Showcase. There were more new food adventures to be had that day…
Have you dined at Via Napoli before? What would you do on your ideal “Girls (or Guys) Day Out”?