3. Tagliatelle Campagnole – Tutto Italia, Epcot
Almost every major theme park in the Orlando—including three out of Disney’s four parks—includes some sort of Italian restaurant. It’s become par for the course as a safe option for families. Usually what we picture is something kid-friendly like Tony’s Town Square Restaurant or Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano, where families enjoy large servings of spaghetti and meatballs or fettuccine alfredo.
Epcot’s Tutto Italia is in a league of its own among Disney’s Italian restaurants—indeed, it’s one of the most consistently excellent restaurants in World Showcase. There is so much to love on Tutto Italia’s menu, but one dish that continues to stand out to us is their Tagliatelle Campagnole. Tagliatelle is a flat, ribbon-like pasta similar to fettuccine, only more delicate. The pasta is coated with a to-die-for arugula and spinach pesto, topped with creamy burrata and a tomato garnish.
Everything about the Tagliatelle Campagnole screams “fresh”— a literal taste of heaven at Walt Disney World if you’ve been eating nothing but heavy foods all day. If you like pesto done right and prefer an alternative to traditionally heavy pasta dishes, you cannot go wrong with this marvelous entrée.
4. Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle – Epcot International Food and Wine Festival
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and the Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle is not a beautiful dessert by any respect. Indeed, it might be the ugliest-yet-most-delicious-dessert on Disney property.
Every year, the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival brings back signature dishes that proved to be guest favorites in previous year. The Liquid Nitro Chocolate-Almond Truffle with Warm Whiskey Caramel has been a consistent part of the festival menu since 2015, and it seems likely this total winner is not going anywhere soon.
An infusion of liquid nitrogen gives this mousse-like dessert a surprising texture, like something between merengue and ice cream. The chocolate is wonderfully rich but not overpowering, giving the dessert a distinct subtlety compared to Disney’s usual punch-you-in-the-mouth sweeties. The whiskey component is usually undetectable, but the caramel and almonds add a very nice counterpoint to the chocolate. If you happen to be visiting Walt Disney World during the Food and Wine festival, this is a definite #TAKEMYMONEY dessert champion!