We finally made it over to Pinocchio Village Haus in the Magic Kingdom to try one of the new flatbreads! There are four varieties available: Pepperoni, Barbecue Chicken, Caprese, and Cheese.
PVH isn’t a restaurant at MK I frequent, but the replacement of the conveyor belt pizza was enough for me to stop in to give one a try.
Here’s a look of their menu as of April 6, 2012:
The least expensive option is Cheese at $7.69, which is $1.30 less than the previously served Cheese Pizza Combo, which came with a Side Salad, Apple Slices, or Fries. One price point up is the Pepperoni at $8.59, which is $0.90 less than its previous combo. The new menu has also nixed the pasta, and prices have remained unchanged.
Speaking of prices, topping the charts are the Barbecue Chicken and Caprese at $9.69. Considering I’m a fan of Caprese, I decided to order it as it would be a good base for me. I could enjoy some toppings that are relatively standard, where the Barbecue Chicken could have a variety of things that could go wrong like poorly flavored BBQ sauce or dry chicken. As a side note, the Pepperoni Flatbread does not arrive with the pepperoni arranged in the pattern on the menu. There are two long, single rows, but it appeared there were more overall than on the menu.
Back to the Caprese! The flatbread had a nice, thin crust. It was, as expected, topped with marinara and cheese. Each slice of pizza had a slice of Roma tomato topped with a slice of mozzarella. Some basil chiffonade adorned the center of the pizza, and it was indeed fresh with its notable licorice flavor. A balsamic glaze was drizzled on top.
While the crust didn’t have much color, it retained a crispness to it. It wasn’t cracker-like, and it had a slight chew to it. It was a surprisingly nice balance. The pizza wasn’t very hot when I received it, and the mozzarella had solidified a bit. The flavor, though, was impressive for a park “pizza.”
Did the flatbread make my list of top eats at Disney World? No. But I’d be happy to order it again and try some of the other varieties, as I think it’s a big improvement over what was being served. I’ll happily pay a premium price for something I find both edible and enjoyable in a park. There are better flatbreads at the resorts, such as The Wave at the Contemporary and even Capt. Cook’s at the Polynesian, but for the volume that needs to be churned out at Magic Kingdom, this was a surprising win.
Which flatbread would you choose from Pinocchio Village Haus?