Italy’s Primavera Kitchen is the first food booth we’ll review at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival. In this Walt Disney World dining review, we’ll look at the menu prices, share food photos, and offer thoughts on what is worth your money or Disney Dining Plan credits. Plus, what you should avoid from Primavera Kitchen at all costs.
We’re either starting with a whimper or a bang at the Primavera Kitchen, depending upon your perspective. A clear pattern has emerged when it comes to Italy at the various Epcot festivals: the food booth is notorious for their prices, perplexing culinary choices, lack of ambition, and the menu usually changes completely for every event, every year.
This pattern extends right down to the cuisine. There’s usually something that feels like it was inspired by an elementary school lunch menu, a microwaved pasta pick, a dessert that’s shockingly good, and something that makes no sense whatsoever–as if it was prepared blindfolded with random ingredients and preparation methods chosen. Suffice to say, the Italy booth is notorious for questionable cuisine…
At Walt Disney Word, Italian cuisine is ubiquitous, undoubtedly because it’s a crowd-pleaser that appeals to a wide range of guests. Even mediocre Italian table service restaurants do pretty well with guests because pretty much everyone loves butter, oil, cheese, and meats.
When it comes to the Italy booth, throwing a few of those things together and microwaving it for 60 seconds tends to offer comforting and familiar results that are at least passable. In fairness, Italy has gone from a zero-effort venue where everything was cooked elsewhere, carted over, and reheated (no joke) to a booth that now prepares some food within the booth.
Against that backdrop, let’s take a look at the menu for Italy’s Primavera Kitchen:
- La Regina “Margherita”: Rustic Italian Flatbread, Vine-ripened Tomatoes, Whole-Milk Mozzarella, Parmesan and Basil (KA)
- Ravioli: Grilled Chicken Ravioli with Spring Vegetables and creamy Pesto Sauce (KA)
- Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters, Powdered Sugar, Raspberry Sauce and Chocolate-hazelnut Drizzle (KA)
The biggest upside to the menu is, frankly, that there are only three foods on the menu at Primavera Kitchen for a total cost of “only” $23. That might seem like a lot of money, but we’ve previously dropped over $40 at the Italy booth during other Epcot festivals.
I’ve gotta admit, this smaller menu has already made Primavera Kitchen a winner in my book. Now our photos and reviews of each item from Primavera Kitchen at the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival…
Grilled Chicken Ravioli ($9) – The Italy booth is notorious for serving al dente pasta that tastes like it might’ve been cooked in a microwave. I mention that as low-bar context for this positive review. We found these reasonably well-prepared, cheesy, and creamy.
It’s still a fairly pedestrian dish that you could easily make yourself at home, so it’s hard to recommend on that basis. As for the $9(!!!) price tag, my assumption is that this contains shavings of the Ayam Chicken (the “Lamborghini of Poultry”). Otherwise, there is absolutely no justification for why a dish so sparse on meat costs this much. If you’re on the Disney Dining Plan, this could be worth a snack credit, I guess?
La Regina “Margherita” Flatbread ($7) – Last time, the Italy booth’s public elementary school lunch dish was the Pollo Crispy Chicken, a pale imitator of Tyson chicken fingers.
This time, the proprietors of Primavera Kitchen headed down to Wal-Mart and grabbed a ton of Great Value brand Margherita pizzas. It’s as if someone tried at Disney said, “no one can do pizza worse than the Almost Pizza served at PizzeRizzo” and Primavera Kitchen responded, “hold my Limoncello.” Don’t eat this.
Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters ($7) – In the ultimate roller coaster of a review, the Zeppole: Ricotta Cheese Fritters are among the very best things we ate at the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival. These are airy and doughy, with a crisp exterior providing the perfect texture and raspberry sauce and chocolate-hazelnut drizzle being the perfect accompaniments.
The price is arguably a tad high, but the portion is sizable and these are incredibly good–far superior to any $6 cupcake. In fact, I can’t think of a better dessert in World Showcase right now (and that includes the Norway and France bakeries). Order these regardless of whether you have to pay cash or use a snack credit on the Disney Dining Plan.
In terms of alcoholic drinks, here’s what’s served at this Outdoor Kitchen:
- Peroni Nastro Azzurro Pilsner
- Pinot Grigio, Santa Marina
- Chianti, Gabbiano
- Prosecco, Villa Sandi
- Corbinello, Montegrande
- Moscato, Fior d’Arancio Montegrande
- Frozen Italian Margarita with Limoncello and Tequila
Overall, one item that’s just okay, another that’s a culinary abomination, and another that’s a veritable masterpiece. Just another “normal” festival for the Italy booth. It defies logic that Primavera Kitchen is producing three items of such varied quality, but a .333 batting average is pretty much the best possible results from the Italy booth. We’ll take it!
Check out our Epcot Flower & Garden Festival Outdoor Kitchen Food Booth Menus & Photos post if you want to see and read more about every menu this year. You’ll also want to read our full Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival Guide before you go to get an idea of what to do, strategy for the festival, photos of the topiaries and floral displays, and much more!
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What do you think of Italy’s Primavera Kitchen? Do you think we’re going too harsh–or too easy–on Italy? Have you tried any of the food items at this booth? Any thoughts on these items? Portion-size or quality-wise, did you have better or worse luck than us with what you ordered? 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!