3. Arancini in Italy
Epcot’s Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria, located within the Italy Pavilion, is the ultimate go-to place for authentic pizza and other traditional Italian fixings. Here you’ll find all those well-loved pizza pies in an array of formats, flavors, and styles, dished up in a relaxed and charming atmosphere that diners of all ages can appreciate. Yet one of the menu’s most raved about items isn’t a popular pizza pick but rather the indulgent Arancini appetizer. It comes as delicious fried risotto balls filled with mozzarella and meat ragù.
Arancini, which quite literally means “little oranges” is a traditional Italian delight comprising of fried risotto, with different regions adding their own personal twists and touches. With that in mind, you can find another arancini appetizer waiting for you at Epcot’s other full table service restaurant Tutto Italia. The Arancini here is a blend of lobster and shrimp fried risotto balls—perfect for those craving both Italian and seafood.
2. France’s Napoleon
Discover the art and passion of food within Epcot’s France Pavilion, which plays host to plenty of places all offering the most palatable of pleasures to delight in. Les Halles Boulangerie Patisserie is one such venue you can’t overlook, with its dazzling presentation of traditional French baked goods and specialty items, ranging from pastries to baguettes, and even small plates and light snacks. But whatever it is you choose to bite into here you can’t miss out on a decadent Napoleon to top things off.
There’s nothing short about this scrumptious beauty, which boasts a burst of creamy gooiness layered in a light and flakey puff pastry consistency. While easily considered a favorite dessert in the eyes of many visitors, other charming delights here include macarons, éclairs, croissants, and many different pastries and mousse specializations. It’s also a great place to grab specialty coffee and spirited accompaniments as well.
1. Potato Scale Fish in France
The French café scene is charming and quaint, to say the least, but you’ll also find more refined upscale dining within Epcot’s France Pavilion, including stellar award-winning cuisine features to be had at Monsieur Paul. This favorite dining destination gets its name from late world-renowned Top Chef Paul Bocuse and features some of its namesake’s own enticing masterful inventions. The concept of serving fish with the intricate application of “potato” scales is a unique one indeed, and one such current menu specialty that incorporates doing so is the Bar Noir Écailles de Pommes de Terre. This main course feature comes as a presentation of Black Sea Bass done up in those novel potato scales and served with fresh spinach and a rosemary sauce.
In addition to all the aforementioned must-try foods highlighted here there are numerous other bountiful indulgences awaiting all different types of taste buds. And when you visit during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which is held every year during the late summer/autumn months, you’ll discover even more options available from the many different setups and outdoor kitchens of visiting chefs and culinary experts from around the globe. But whenever you choose to visit Epcot’s World Showcase it cannot be denied that there is a world of gastronomic goodness to be explored with new palate-pleasing possibilities always in the works.