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Latest Trip to Via Naploi

Discussion in 'WDW Restaurants and Dining' started by Eddie Garrison, Sep 9, 2016.

  1. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member

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    My wife and I had not eaten at Via Napoli in probably a month or so. A rarity as it is one of our favourites locations on property. We took advantage of the lower crowd levels recently and headed out for lunch on Monday, here was our experience.

    We arrived around 2:30 PM with no ADR and were seated by 2:40 PM.

    We were quickly greeted by Marko (not the server) who offered us water, bread, etc. He was really funny and visited our table often to crack a joke or three.

    Our waitress Franchesca was over quickly after our water was delivered from Marko to ask about drinks, wine, etc. We order a bottle and cruised the menu for a few minutes before ordering our first starter, the Prosciutto e Melone.

    The Cantelope was fresh and the Prosciutto's saltiness really paired nicely with the sweet melon. It was a nice refreshing tarter to begin our meal with on such a hot afternoon.

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    Next we ordered the Arancini to get into the Italian mood. It was very good though just not as hot as I would have liked it. Overall good though.

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    After the two starters (and another bottle of wine) we went in for Pizza! Nothing special here just their Pepperoni Pizza today.

    As always, the pizza was very good, piping hot and just a great way to round out our meal.

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    Dessert was up next and we went with the Pistachio Gelati e Sorbetto. It was great as well. Just the right way to end our meal before heading back out into the blazing hot sun.

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    Overall our dinning experience at Via Napoli was on par with all of our other visits to this restaurant. The wait staff was excellent. Managers came by to ask about our experience and speak with us on a personal level. The food was great and we are looking forward to our next visit back!

    This is still one of our favourite locations on property and we will be back very soon.
     
  2. Tuvalu

    Tuvalu Premium Member

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    Last time we ordered the arancini we received three, and your photo showed only two?
     
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  3. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Sorry. My wife had already moved one to her plate :) We received three as well.
     
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    Tuvalu Premium Member

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    Phew! Thought there had been a cutback! :p
     
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    danyoung56 Well-Known Member

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    I was worried about the same thing - LOVE that arancini!
     
  6. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    That pizza looks really short on toppings - very little pepperoni and little cheese. Was it, or does it just look that way in the photo?
     
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  7. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Cheese, no. That's just the way it looks in the photo. Pepperonis. Yeah, a little. Still, the pizza was very good. We didn't think too much of it. We're pretty east going people.
     
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    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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  9. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Oh, no ... I certainly agree. This was probably the "worst" we had seen it. Still. This is not the "norm" so we just ran with it as we had enough other food, etc. to keep it from getting to us.
     
  10. lostpro9het

    lostpro9het Well-Known Member

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    THIS!!

    I'm afraid that it is becoming the norm there. Here is our last pie from VN, also the last time we will visit there for a while. Mind you this was ordered as pepperoni AND sausage...on the whole thing...
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  11. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Perhaps. Perhaps not. We have not seen this on our last few visits. I don't let it get to me too much. We have had more on or pizzas there the other 20 times we have eaten there so it didn't bother me.

    We could have said something I'm sure. Most of the managers know who we are in there and would have made it "right" for us.

    Though I can see if this is your one and perhaps only trip to Disney World and you received this pizza. I would be upset as well. Though I would go about it in the "normal" way and ask to speak to a manager and have the issue resolved.
     
  12. G8rchamps

    G8rchamps Well-Known Member

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    Wow - someone tries to post what they felt was a nice experience and...:banghead:

    Glad to hear you enjoyed your meal. We love Via Napoli. Try prosciutto on the pizza some time.
     
  13. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    HA! Nah. Not that bad to be honest.

    Everyone has made valid points on what they see from my post and their recent trips. I just respond with my own opinions on the matter. Not trying to ruffle feathers or anything like that. I take their comments as opinion and treat them with relevance as it corresponds to this discussion to the venue.

    We enjoyed our visit and will continue to dine at Via Napoli as it is one of our favourite restaurants on property.
     
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    danyoung56 Well-Known Member

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    I've seen plenty of bashing on this site, and I didn't think this thread rose to that level. Just some folks who had a different experience, and wanted to discuss it.

    Now, if someone called Eddie an idiot for eating there, and then went on a rant about how all of Epcot should have been torched 10 years ago, well, that would have been some nice bashing . . .
     
  15. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    Exactly!

    HA! I've been called worse, I assure you @danyoung56
     
  16. lostpro9het

    lostpro9het Well-Known Member

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    Please don't take my post as a bash towards the OP. I'm super happy he had an excellent experience. I loved VN for our first few visits but things unfortunately changed in a way that was just too consistent to be random. My apologies if I ruined someone's day.
     
  17. wdwmagic

    wdwmagic Administrator Moderator

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    You are concerned that I raised the point that the pizza there is nowhere close to being up to the high standards that Via Napoli originally set?

    The purpose of the forum is to discuss and help people with their trips. Part of that includes sprinting out where there are problems. If we blindly say everything is great, what is the point?!
     
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    Wow that all looks and sounds awesome! We must try Via Napoli again. The first time we went was right after the grand opening and we were disappointed. We ordered a vegetable pie which was clearly topped with canned, salty as heck marinated vegetables. At home (close to NYC) vegetable pies have fresh cut garden vegetables. Next time, we will get the pepperoni!
     
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  19. Eddie Garrison

    Eddie Garrison Well-Known Member Original Poster

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    I took no ones post as anything else as what it was. Factual based opinions. The pizza did lack toppings and this seems to be a continuing trend.

    Did it effect our visit? No. However I agree these forums are for everyone's benifit that perhaps do not have the opportunity as my wife and I do to visit anytime we want.

    Please do not think I took anything personally at anyone's post. This is ALL for information.

    We had a blast and as I said before, will cisit Via again very soon.
     
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  20. G8rchamps

    G8rchamps Well-Known Member

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    No ruined day - I'm just bitter because I had to go to Universal for my wife and son.....
     

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