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Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Italy

Italy, being one of the 11 World Showcase countries, has been a staple at the Epcot International Food & Wine since its inception in 1996. This year, the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival runs from August 30 – November 12, 2018.

Menu for the Italy Marketplace Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce *NEW* – $8.00
  • 🆕 Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Polenta *NEW* – $7.95
  • 🆕 Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan Cheese *NEW* – $7.00
  • 🆕 Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit *NEW* – $4.25

Beverages:

Epcot Food & Wine 2018 Italy Offerings
Italy Marketplace Offerings at the 2018 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

Photos of Menu Items for the Italy Marketplace Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

*NEW* Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce – $8.00

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Italy Shrimp
*NEW* Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini and Sweet Potatoes with a Spicy Sauce, $8.00

At $8, the presentation looks great, but the food leaves a lot to be desired. There’s a light calamari-style breading across the dish whose presence is more annoying than flavorful. And speaking of flavor, most of it was probably left in the deep fryer. This is an expensive dish of bland fried food. Pass.

 

*NEW* Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Polenta – $7.95

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Italy Chicken
*NEW* Pollo Alla Cacciatora: Braised Chicken Thigh, Mushrooms, Tomatoes and Parmesan Polenta, $7.95

There’s a chicken thigh in there somewhere. This is absolute trash. Like fast food Italian if the chef didn’t care levels of bad. The polenta is flavorless, the chicken was over cooked, the sauce is horrendous, and the price tag is way too high for the size. DO NOT ORDER THIS.

 

*NEW* Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan Cheese – $7.00

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Italy Rigatoni
*NEW* Mezzi Rigatoni: Vodka Sauce, Crispy Pancetta, and Parmesan Cheese, $7.00

Oof. That’s seven dollars’ worth! It’s not terrible, it just tastes like a lean cuisine. Sure, you can go to your local Italian joint back home and get pasta with vodka sauce for a similar price—and a much larger portion—so why spend the money back home when the Italy booth can rob you blind?

 

*NEW* Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit – $4.25

Epcot Food and Wine 2018 Italy Cannoli
*NEW* Cannoli: Cannoli filled with Sweet Ricotta, Chocolate, and Candied Fruit, $4.25

You can almost taste the freezer burn on these cannolis. 17 quarters gets your a small cannoli fit for anyone who hasn’t been disappointed by the Italy booth in the past 10 years of the Food & Wine festival. Skip.

 

Location of the Italy Marketplace Booth at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival

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About the author

Jason Diffendal

Jason has been a lifelong fan of the Disney parks since his first visit at age 2. His biennial pilgrimages during his childhood accelerated into semi-annual visits by the year 2000, when he also Joined the Disney Vacation Club. Luckily, Jason’s bride-to-be was also a Disney fan, which allowed his infatuation with the Disney parks to continue, and ultimately culminated in their wedding at Disney's Wedding Pavilion in September 2003. Early in 2007, Jason began his involvement with the planning for what became Celebration 25, the unofficial fan gathering to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Epcot®. Soon thereafter, Jason met Tom Corless at a pin trading meet in New Jersey, and became part of the WDW News Today podcast starting with Episode 17. Jason has been involved with the WDWNT Network ever since, and can't seem to escape no matter how hard he tries.
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