L’Arte di Mangiare (Italy) Review: 2019 Epcot Arts Festival

Per tradition, we’re kicking off our in-depth coverage of the Epcot International Festival of the Arts with a review of L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio, which is the Italy booth. In this post, we’ll share ‘real world’ photos of every food and dessert on the menu, and offer our reviews & tasting notes.

Italy has always been a divisive booth among Walt Disney World fans. Some have defended it for serving approachable, comfort food, whereas it has been a punching bag for people like us who like to make cheesy jokes about the frozen food caliber cuisine.

That all changes for the Epcot International Festival of the Arts. I had to stop and double-check where I was standing, because the cuisine at L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio was actually good. Arguably the best booth of the entire festival!

Of course, L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio wouldn’t be an Italy booth without at least one complaint, and that’s the price points. While these items taste amazing, the value for money here is laughably bad. You’ll spend $28 for 3 items the sum of which is less filling than your average counter service meal.

Anyway, here’s what’s on the menu at the L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio:

  • Barbabietole Dolci, Caprino Fritto: Roasted Candied Beet Salad with Goat Cheese Fritters
  • Costine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico: Sweet & Sour Balsamic-glazed Pork Ribs
  • Spuma al Miele d’Arancio: Orange Honey Mousse with Peaches and Mint Marjoram Cream

Now our photos and reviews of each food item…

The presentation of the Barbabietole Dolci, Caprino Fritto left a lot to be desired, with the balls of goat cheese rolling around our plate as we walked over to the Italy Isola.

However, taste-wise this was off the charts. We were bracing for frozen food caliber fritters, but these were rich and delicious with the fried outer shell giving nice texture to the inner cheese. The beet salad was also shockingly good…for beet salad.

I’m hesitant to give too glowing of a review of the Costine di Maiale Aceto Balsamico. For starters, this is two ribs and some sweet potato fries (ah, the iconic Italian dish) for $11. So it doesn’t exactly scream “good value.” Second, we’ve found dishes like this can be so hit or miss, with one serving being lean and meaty and another being fatty or overcooked.

With that said, these are the best ribs I’ve ever had at Walt Disney World. Flavorful, tender, lightly charred, and just the right amount of sweetness in the glaze. Highly recommended if money is no issue.

Finally, the Spuma al Miele d’Arancio. This mousse is a light and airy dessert, given flavor primarily by the accompaniments. I didn’t have any problem with this, as it gives you some control over the sweetness and flavor. All things considered, it was a strong finish to an excellent duo of savory food items.

Again, the issue here is price. You’re looking at a table service dessert price point, and it’s definitely not that caliber of an item. For a snack credit, it’s a no brainer, though. (As is the case with each of the two food items.)

In terms of Italian alcohol, here’s what’s on offer this year:

  • Moretti Lager
  • Moretti La Rossa Double Malt Beer
  • Prosecco, Villa Sandi
  • Moscato Fior d’Arancio, Montegrande
  • Corbinello, Montegrande
  • Pinot Grigio, Bosco del Merlo
  • Merlot, Montegrande
  • Amaretto Bellini: Amaretto, White Peach Purée and Prosecco
  • Vodka Rossini: Vodka, Strawberry Purée and Prosecco

Overall, L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio is exceptional from a culinary perspective, which is a rare, resoundingly positive review for the Italy booth. To be honest, this isn’t a huge surprise, as this booth has been trending in this direction the last couple of years, but usually even our positive sentiment is qualified with “good…by the Italy booth’s standards.”

Price and portion size are the major stumbling blocks, but those are going to be a persistent issue throughout these reviews at (literally) every single booth we review. If you’re paying out of pocket and looking for items that are a ‘good value’, you might want to just stop looking, because there aren’t any. There’s good news for those on the Disney Dining Plan, because L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio is one of the rare booths with everything valid for a snack credit. These are some of the absolute best (and best value) uses of a snack credit at Walt Disney World for the next couple months.

Check out our Food Guide to the Epcot International Festival of the Arts if you want to see and read more about every Food Studio this year, what to eat & avoid, and other tips for making the most of the culinary side of the event. As this event isn’t just about the cuisine, you’ll also want to read our full Epcot International Festival of the Arts Tips & Tricks post for info about the non-culinary side of the festivities. That covers the Disney on Broadway concert series, visual arts, performing arts, participatory arts, and much more!

Planning a Walt Disney World trip? Learn about hotels on our Walt Disney World Hotels Reviews page. For where to eat, read our Walt Disney World Restaurant Reviews. To save money on tickets or determine which type to buy, read our Tips for Saving Money on Walt Disney World Tickets post. Our What to Pack for Disney Trips post takes a unique look at clever items to take. For what to do and when to do it, our Walt Disney World Ride Guides will help. For comprehensive advice, the best place to start is our Walt Disney World Trip Planning Guide for everything you need to know!

YOUR THOUGHTS

What do you think of the L’Arte di Mangiare Food Studio? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? What did you think of them? Do you agree that Italy is huge improvement for the 2019 Epcot International Festival of the Arts? Questions we can help you answer? Hearing your feedback—even when you disagree with us—is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!


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  1. Joanna January 24, 2019

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