Tucked away at the back of Italy's Pavilion at Epcot's World Showcase is Tutto Italia. The main restaurant there is no secret. It is wildly popular and near impossible to get a reservation with! However, next door to it is its Wine Cellar. This place is unimaginably overlooked by most Disney goers. Why? I'll never know as it has become one of our favorite spots in all of Walt Disney World.
When you first enter the cellar, you will notice the variety of tables centered in the room and the back wall's bar and impressive wine cellar. Do not sit here at these tables, instead ask if one of the "couches" is available. In a small dark, intimate room are four small couches and tables. They are almost always empty, but are the best seats in the house!
Once you've been seated, you must appreciate the theming of the room. The vaulted ceilings, rustic fireplace, and chandeliers instantly transport you to a intimate cellar in Italy.
Next, what you came for, the food! Usually when we visit the Wine Cellar, it is just my husband and I and so we love to try the tasting plates. You can order from the menu of the main restaurant next door, but the tasting plates give you much more options to sample while you relax off your feet and soak up the air conditioning.
Our favorite is L'alpina which features a fontina, a gorgonzola and a soft cheese blend of cow, sheep and goat's milk. This variety is our number one choice and never disappoints!
For drinks we continue with the tasting menu options. I love the Prosecco flight while my husband tends to veer towards the Tuscan wines.
Finally, the best part, the cannoli! There are other cannolis to be found in other areas of the parks, but they don't hold a candle to the one at the Wine Cellar. The shell is perfectly crispy and the filling is just the right level of sweetness.
The Wine Cellar at Tutto Italia is truly a hidden gem at Walt Disney World. We go back time and time again not only for the food, but the authentic and intimate atmosphere. Try it and you will not be disappointed.
Tara is a Disney-obsessed Mom of two active boys!