REVIEW: Primavera Kitchen Fails to Impress at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Ah, another EPCOT festival, another Italy booth. It’s no secret that we here at WDWNT have not enjoyed these in the past, but that doesn’t stop us from hoping that Primavera Kitchen at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival could be the booth to change that decision.

Primavera Kitchen at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

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Menu for Primavera Kitchen at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian Flatbread, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Whole-Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan and Basil – $7.00
  • 🆕 Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Spring Vegetables and creamy Pesto Sauce – $9.00
  • Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-Hazelnut Drizzle – $7.00

Beverages:

*Price per bottle is an average price of the spirit at your local liquor store.

The “new” beverages from Primavera Kitchen at this year’s festival come from previous EPCOT festivals. The Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina appeared at L’Arte di Mangiare at the 2020 EPCOT International Festival of the Arts, while the Chianti, Gabbiano appeared at Tuscany Holiday Kitchen at the 2019 EPCOT International Festival of the Holidays.

Photos of Menu Items from Primavera Kitchen at the 2020 EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

*NEW* La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian Flatbread, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Whole-Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan and Basil – $7.00

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Not that we had high hopes for this flatbread, but it still managed to disappoint. The tomatoes did nothing to add any flavor to this bland offering.  It still only tasted like cheese and crust.

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Sadly, there’s not much to say about this basic flatbread, except to avoid it.

*NEW* Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Spring Vegetables and creamy Pesto Sauce – $9.00

The Italian booth failed us, once again, with this offering. While the ravioli was cooked well, it did nothing to redeem this boring dish.

raviolif&w2020Unfortunately, the chicken is barely noticeable and the pesto sauce did little to add any flavor to the ravioli. Don’t bother wasting your appetite on this lackluster festival fail.

Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-Hazelnut Drizzle – $7.00

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The zeppole is arguably the best item at this Outdoor Kitchen. They’re the same soft, pillowy desserts that are served at Via Napoli, and fried up fresh.

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Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner (5.1% ABV) – $5.50

Peroni Brewery describes their beer as “a crisp and refreshing beer with a delicate balance of bitterness, citrus and spicy aromatic notes, combined with a fast and clean finish.”

*NEW* Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina ($6/bottle) – $9.00

Total Wine & More describes Santa Marina Pinot Grigio as “pale yellow in color, and contains aromas of citrus, nectarines, and peaces, with earthy notes. A light-bodied palate with a medium amount of acidity, and a short finish.”

*NEW* Chianti, Gabbiano ($7/bottle) – $9.00

Total Wine & More describes Gabbiano Chianti: “The bouquet is reminiscent of ripe plums spiced with pepper and wood nuances. The first sip reveals invigorating flavors of cherry, blackberry, and spice followed by a dry vivid finish.”

Prosecco, Villa Sandi ($12/bottle) – $10.00

Villa Sandi describes their wine’s aroma as “…fruity and flowery with hints of ripe golden apple and small mountain flowers.” “The dry, fresh and flavorsome sensation on the palate is followed by a fruity and harmonious aftertaste.”

Corbinello, Montegrande ($15/bottle) – $10.00

Christofanon Montegrande described their Corbinello as “a ruby red wine, from the red-fruit fragrance that recalls marascas and violets. It has a kind wrapping fresh and pleasantly tannic taste.”

Moscato, Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande ($15/bottle) – $10.00

Christofanon Montegrande describes Fior d’Arancio as “typical of Muscat, intense but delicate, with clear reminiscent of wisteria, white flowers and citruses.”

Bellini – $10.00

Bellini – $10.00

The Bellini stood out as something we all said we would come back for. Unlike past incarnations where the Bellini was made to order, this version was premixed. It was a solid balance of ingredients which was missing in previous years. Light, refreshing, and a perfect twist on a mimosa.

Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00

Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila – $10.00

The margarita was quite good as it tasted almost like a melting lemon ice dessert. However, there didn’t seem to be much liquor in the drink, as we didn’t taste much besides the faint hint of tequila. Overall, this is a tasty drink, but don’t expect to get much alcohol for your money here.

Location of Primavera Kitchen at the EPCOT International Flower & Garden Festival

Primavera Kitchen is located adjacent to the Italy Pavilion in the World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 10 on the map below.

You too can try Primavera Kitchen from March 4th to June 1st, 2020.

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