REVIEW: After years of inedible food, Italy presents a new menu for the international food and wine festival EPCOT 2022 and one article was really good


The Italian market is back for another year at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. For any avid reader of WDWNT, you may recall that we never had any luck with the food that came out of the Italian stand. However, here we are, and with a menu full of new releases, we’re ready to try them all (so you don’t have to!)

Menu for the Italian market at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

Food:

  • 🆕 Gnocchi di Patate: Potato dumplings with 4 cheese sauce and roasted cremini mushrooms – $9.00
  • 🆕 Gnocchi di Patate: potato dumplings with vodka sauce, Romano cheese and crispy bacon – $9.00
  • 🆕 Panna Cotta: Panna Cotta with orange blossom and seasonal berries – $8.00

Beverages:

  • Prosecco – $10.00
  • Moscato – $11.00
  • Italian Sangria – $11.00
  • Italian margarita with tequila and limoncello – $11.00
  • Peroni Pilsner (5.1% ABV) – $6.00 for 6 oz, $10.00 for 12 oz.

Photos of menu items for the Italian market at the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

*NEW* Gnocchi di Patate: Potato dumplings with 4 cheese sauce and roasted cremini mushrooms – $9.00

It’s what you’d typically expect from the Italian stand, but perhaps a little less executed than you’d hoped. The sauce was heavy and broken up with butter or oil. It was greasy and overall tasteless. The gnocchi are your typical store-bought gnocchi, which is fine if you know how to cook it, but it wasn’t exactly exceptional.

*NEW* Gnocchi di Patate: Potato Dumplings with Vodka Sauce, Romano Cheese and Crispy Bacon – $9.00

We’ll put it bluntly – every part of this dish tastes store-bought. Vodka sauce tastes like a can and lacks the balance of flavors that makes a good vodka sauce. Bacon bits are no match for this dish, and they just add more porridge to an already mushy dish. We recommend skipping this stall and heading straight to India, where you can get tikka masala and more for your money.

*NEW* Panna Cotta: Panna Cotta with Orange Blossom and Seasonal Berries – $8.00

The panna cotta was PERFECT for such a hot day. It’s good, fresh and refreshing. It has a slight citrus note. It’s not the cheapest dessert option at World Showcase, but we still enjoyed it. If you love orange and parfait desserts, you’ll love this.

Italian White Sangria with Prosecco – $11.00

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Usually, when a Sangria drink of this price contains more juice than wine, one complains. However, since the wine for this drink tasted particularly cheap and unpleasant, that was a bit of a relief. The drink was supposed to contain Prosecco; however, this was not identifiable due to the lack of fizziness.

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Italian Red Sangria with Cabernet Sauvignon – $11.00

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Have you ever microwaved red wine? It is what it is. We thought the sangria came with ice cream and fruit, but it was just a liquid at room temperature. The flavor was fruity so it could have been really good, but since it was warmer it was just too hot to drink.

Italian margarita with tequila and limoncello – $11.00

The margarita was quite good as it almost tasted like a lemon melt frozen dessert. However, there didn’t seem to be much alcohol in the drink, as we didn’t taste much other than the slight hint of tequila. All in all a tasty drink, but don’t expect to get a lot of booze for your money here.

Peroni Pilsner (5.1% ABV) – $6.00 for 6 oz, $10.00 for 12 oz.

Peroni Brewery describes their beer as “a crisp, refreshing beer with a delicate balance of bitterness, citrus and spicy aromatic notes, combined with a fast, clean finish”.

Location of Italian Market at EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival

The Italian Market is located across from the Italian Pavilion on the World Showcase promenade. You can find it at number 18 on the map below.

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