2014 Food & Wine: Italy

As with many of the kiosks that replay the same things year after year during the Food & Wine Festival, Italy’s only true “old” item is the Cannoli al Cioccolato. The Ravioli has been changed up a bit, from the Ravioli di Formaggio all’Emiliana, which featured a Beef Bolognese Sauce, to a vegetarian Caprese version. Since I haven’t sampled the ravioli here since 2011, I felt it was time to give it another try.

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In recent years, I’ve only visited the Italy kiosk for the non-ravioli dishes, include the Capellini con Gamberi Piccanti in 2011 and the Salsiccia e “Papacelli” Napoletani in 2012. Both were perfectly fine dishes, but nothing spectacular to make me want them more than once.

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The Ravioli alla Caprese features Cheese Ravioli, Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Parmesan, and Basil. The portion size for $6 is a hearty one, and the overall flavors are relatively tame for those with less adventurous palates.

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There are around 6 ravioli tucked underneath the sauce and melted cheese, which I found to be undercooked and a bit tough. The tomato sauce is bland in seasoning, and the cheese was a bit congealed. There was hardly any basil; I could see some specks of green, but the flavor didn’t fall through. I’m sure a few of my Italian friends groaned when they saw “Italy” in the title of this post. 😉

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Prior to the Festival, I had also considered the Filetto di Pollo con Funghi al Marsala, just because it’s something new. While I might head back to try to sneak a picture of another guest’s for my records (as well as a pic of the cannoli), I recommend seeing Josh’s review of the dish at Easy WDW. Based on the picture and his thoughts, I think my money is better off being spent elsewhere.

I wasn’t impressed by the new rendition of the ravioli, and if you’re looking to Food & Wine for more unique experiences, this isn’t it. However, vegetarians may be happier with it as it’s actual food and not a dessert, and those who prefer more simple, familiar dishes may enjoy it. It’s a fair amount of food for the price, it’s just not a dish for me.

We’ll keep you posted on updated reviews from Italy as the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival continues. What have you tried from the kiosk, and what did you think? What are you looking forward to trying?

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2 responses to “2014 Food & Wine: Italy

  1. I tried the Filetto di Pollo and while it had great taste and I really enjoyed it, I would probably not go back for a second serving.

  2. You would think they might consider somehow using this booth to promote the new (redundant) Italian restaurant opening mere steps away on the Boardwalk.

    Mediocre “Italian” food always gets my goat, as an Italian-American New Yorker. -___-