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 2021 EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival runs from July 15 – November 20, 2021.
Menu for the Italy Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
These pieces of fried ravioli were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. There wasn’t a lot of flavor to them aside from the breading and the marinara sauce. If you’ve been reading our Italy Marketplace reviews over the years, this’ll come as no surprise: they tasted like they were frozen and reheated.
*NEW* Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Alfredo Sauce, Romano Cheese, and Prezzemolo– $13.00
Amazingly, this was the best thing at the Italy booth. The Alfredo sauce is surprisingly good. The pasta itself is dry, but the filling is good and flavorful. The filling tasted like actual chicken and was perfectly creamy. It could’ve used some salt, but overall, it wasn’t bad. We were pleasantly surprised.
*NEW* Bomboloni: Cream-filled Italian Doughnut with Raspberry Sauce and Powdered Sugar – $11.00
While these may look attractive, they proved to be just another disappointment. The doughnuts were a little stale, which is never a good sign. The cream inside had little to no flavor. Just a big letdown. Skip this.
Italian White Sangria with Prosecco – $11.00
Usually, when a Sangria beverage of this price contains more juice than wine, we would complain. However, since the wine in this drink tasted particularly cheap and unpleasant, in this case it was somewhat of a relief. The drink was supposed to contain Prosecco, however this was unidentifiable from the lack of fizz in the drink.
Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon – $11.00
Have you ever put red wine in the microwave? That’s what this is. We thought sangria came with ice and fruit, but this was just a room temperature liquid. The flavor was fruity, so it could have been really good, but as it got hotter, it was just too warm to drink.
Italian Margarita with Tequila and Limoncello – $11.00
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.
Peroni Pilsner (5.1% ABV) – $6.00 for 6 o.z., $10.00 for 12 o.z.
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.”
Location of the Italy Marketplace at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival
The Italy Marketplace is located across from the Italy Pavilion on World Showcase Promenade. You can find it at number 11 on the map below.