Last week I had the pleasure to attend a special lunch at Tutto Italia Ristorante in Epcot’s Italian Pavilion. The Disney Fashionista and I were able to meet Tiziano the wine sommelier of Tutto Italia, Tutto Gusto and Via Napoli.
Tiziano’s experience from the vine to the bottle was outstanding. He told us how he used to work at a vineyard back in Italy and the passion he shared for wine lead him to where he is today.
Follow along as we sip and nosh in this elegant Italian restaurant at Epcot’s World Showcase…
Our meal started with a perfect pairing of prosciutto and prosecco, one of my favorite Italian wines. The saltiness of the prosciutto and the sweetness of the prosecco compliment one another so well. Our meal was off to a fabulous start…
So what goes best with wine & meat? Cheese of course!!! This fresh mozzarella was drizzled with olive oil and aged balsamic and literally melted in your mouth.
Here is a look at the Bosco del Merlo Prosecco. You can only get this in the Italian Pavilion so you need to drop by and have a glass if you are a fan of sweet whites like me.
Next course was a delicate Pumpkin Risotto with Shrimp paired flawlessly with one of Tiziano’s favorite wines, Soave Classico. To me, this course embodied the flavors of fall.
The pumpkin was sweet but not overpowering, the Soave Classico just enhanced the soft flavors of the risotto. I could eat this meal almost every day in the fall.
Here is a look at this lovely wine Tiziano paired with this dish…
So far Tiziano was batting a 1000, the wines he chose with the foods could not have been better.
For our next course of Chicken Scallopini, he chose a flavorful Chianti. While not a huge fan of red wines due to how strong and dry the wines can be this Chianti did not overpower the scallopini at all.
This wine was not too dry and not too sweet, and like he said in our meal… You won’t find this wine at “Total Wine,” did I mention how funny he was as well 😉
Our final course is one of my favorites…
We were given a sampling of all of the delicious desserts they serve at Tutto Italia. That tiramisu was to die for!!! Not only were all the desserts amazing, so was the wine.
Tiziano chose a sweet spumante rose’ called Corbinello. Can I just say this was a perfect wine to end a perfect meal. If you like Rosa Regale Wine… Corbinello blows it out of the water. I think I had 3 glasses of this wine with my dessert.
After feeling not only full but a little light-headed Tiziano brought out a sample of 2 after dinner drinks my fellow Italians like to drink to finish a delicious meal.
On the left is the strong Grappa and on the right is the smooth Lemonchello liquors. Both are made for sipping after your meal, and for us we chatted with our sommelier on how much he loved Italy, wine, and of course his job. I mean who wouldn’t love to share your passion with others?
This meal was one of the best I ever had on Disney property. I normally will get a glass of wine with my entree and had no idea the right wine can enhance each course.
Tiziano was professional, funny, knowledgeable, and just a pleasure to talk to and get to know.
We actually ended up seeing him 2 more times over the weekend for various Food & Wine events. Him and the staff at all 3 restaurants in the Italian Pavilion were great and while I sit at home writing this stellar review I wish I was back there now enjoying the delicious food and marvelous wines.
I highly recommend dropping by Tutto Italia and noshing on the lunch we had. I can promise you won’t be disappointed, if you do tell Tiziano Chip and Michelle say Bonjourno!!!
Thanks to our hostess at Allied Integrated Marketing and the staff at Tutto Italia for an amazing afternoon we will never forget.