If you’re stopping at Drink Around the World Showcase excursion it’s all about the wine and gelato. A perfect combination for anyone and especially perfect for Drinking Around the World Showcase. To get your fix, head over to the Gelato Stand situated near the . Not only can you get scoops of your favorite gelato flavors ($5.95 for a cup & $6.25 for a cone) but you can also get some really unique gelato creations. Coffee lovers will love the Espresso Gelato “Affogato” which is fresh Italian espresso poured over Fior Di Latte Gelato and topped with coffee beans. For something classic, go for the Coppa Del Nonno (Fior Di Latte gelato, chocolate, cookies and cream, chocolate Sauce, whipped cream, and amaretto cookies). Both will set you back $9.75. Other classic Italian desserts include tiramisu & cannoli. The drinks at this stand are just as delicious. Wine drinkers will rejoice in several varieties and those who enjoy sparkling wine will enjoy the Bellini, made with peach puree and Prosecco (prices vary from $8 – $10). Looking for something cool? Try the Italian Margarita ($10). It packs a punch! If you love lemon, you’ll appreciate the limoncello included in this drink.on your
A great place to stop for wine is the Enoteca Wine Shop. Not only can you take bottles of wine home with you, you can also sample some of the best Italian wines. Many times you can get information about the wines themselves from cast members at these locations, so they are a terrific place to do a wine tour. Is beer more your speed? They also serve Peroni Beer here for $5.50. Most of the Peroni beers are 5% or less alcohol, so you’ll only be mildly nutty if you drink these.
Looking for substantial snacks to nosh on with your drinks? You’ll want to head to Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar. It’s a welcome spot on a hot day. Though it doesn’t take reservations, you’ll easily be able to get in mid-afternoon. While they carry Paninis and small plates of pasta, go for the Gusto Plates for two or more. Prices are a bit steep ($24 – $29) per plate but are great to share as a group. The best part of the wine cellar is the drinks. Beer drinkers will be excited to find an impressive line-up of Italian beers, many of which are not available anywhere else in the U.S. The beer that packs the highest alcohol percentage is the Birra Moretti La Rossa which comes in at 7.2%. This is a darker beer which may not appeal to all drinkers, but sampled in a beer flight ($18), it’s perfect. Plus, you don’t want to be roasted and toasted straight out of the gate! The real stars of the show here are the wines. Get the wine flights which range from $14 – $18. These are worth every penny. If you want to experience as many Italian wines as possible, get the Best of Italy wine flight for a whopping $25. You’ll be glad you did. Just make sure to order some snacks in between those 2 oz. pours! If you’re looking to rack up DAWS points in this pavilion, this is the hands down best place to do it.
For a meal, grab some food DAWS points at the table service locations: Tutto Italia and Via Napoli. Tutto Italia is terrific for families, groups and get-togethers. This is a classic Italian restaurant that serves up traditional pastas and grilled entrees. Check out some of the appetizers like the Calamari Fritti ($16) and Prosciutto di Parma ($18). Pasta is a must here. The Lasagna alla Bolognese is a hands down favorite and Italian classic ($26). Many of the same beverages are served at Tutto Italia as the wine cellar. Try the Frizzante made with Campari, mandarin juice and Prosecco ($12). Even non-alcoholic drinks are refreshing here, especially the Melongrano Splash made with pomegranate juice, ice and soda ($4.50).
Via Napoli is all about the wood fired pizza. Of course, you can get pasta and antipasti but really the pizza is the star of the show. Grab a pitcher of Moretti, a lager, for $22 and share with your table. That’s a proper pizza dinner! Of course, you can also enjoy some of the various signature drinks, but with pizza beer is definitely the way to go. Some things just go together! Margherita is the classic pizza choice but this location has tons of unique options. Carciofi is a white pizza with artichoke, fontina, mozzarella, and truffle oil or why not try the Prosciutto e Melone with fontina, mozzarella, prosciutto, and cantaloupe? It’s the Italian version of Hawaiian pizza! And don’t forget; if you’re a Tables in Wonderland cardholder, you can get 20% off both food and drink (including alcoholic beverages) at both of these table service locations, making them a little more affordable.
Overall, Italy provides any DAWS experience with tons of food and beverage choices. Whether you imbibe in wine or beer or enjoy pizza and gelato, you’re sure to find tasty treats and exotic drinks to suit your fancy. It’s a terrific spot to indulgently indulge in desserts, drinks, and more. When you rack up your DAWS points, you’ll find that Italy is a high hitter in the points department! Go visit yourself and experience the Italian Renaissance DAWS style!
When Sarah isn’t sharing planning tips about the Walt Disney World Resort, you can find her at the Gluten Free & Dairy Free at WDW where she writes dining reviews and shares tips and tricks about dining at Disney with a special diet.
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