The World Showcase portion of Epcot is our favorite place to eat when we tour this theme park. The World Showcase is like a celebration of nations. They have 11 nations represented with their own pavilions. Each pavilion's architecture depicts the style and setting you would find in that nation if you were to visit. We can't select a favorite pavilion....we love them all and each one is very different.
The World Showcase sits at the far back of the Epcot park and you will walk over 1 mile from the entry gate to the furthest pavilion, which is the American Adventure. If you just walk completely around the 40-acre Showcase Lagoon, seeing the pavilions, that will give you a 1.2 mile workout in addition to the walk from the entry. Just right for working up an appetite. A great attention to detail is represented here. Some pavilions have a ride or film to see, Italy has neither...just good food and some beautiful artwork and shops.
Here is Italy. You can see a replica of the Doge's Palace in Venice and the 105-foot bell tower.
Going from the front to the rear of the plaza you pass shops and an outdoor cafe.
Last night we had reservations for dinner at the Tutto Italia Ristorante in "Italy." We have eaten here about 5 times over the years and it has become a must-do when we visit now. We enjoyed a dish of marinated olives and mushrooms, bread basket, New York Strip Steak with sauteed Swiss Chard and roasted potatoes. Then we got a dessert selection with the Dining Plan so I selected the cannoli and Bruce took the lemon cheesecake. Like Clemenza said....."Leave the gun, take the cannoli." Cannoli is my favorite choice at this restaurant.
A note about the Dining Plan: With a package plan at WDW you can add the Disney Dining Plan for about $39.99 per person, per day. That allows each person to (1) snack option, (1) quick-service meal which includes main item, dessert and beverage and (1) full-service meal which includes an entree, dessert and non-alcoholic beverage. Our dinner in Italy last night worked out to $102.24 (not counting gratuity which we add as extra). So, you can see that if you want to eat the the WDW restaurants the Dining Plan makes a lot of sense.
Until next time.....so long for now!