Pizza is a staple for many families. It’s quick, easy, and satisfying. It is even better when you can find an even balance of classic pizza and new flavors.
Disney World knows that guests will be looking for something familiar, and pizza always fits the bill. That’s probably why there are several places to satisfy that craving. Unfortunately, not all Disney World pizza places are created equal.
Let’s look at the blah, better, and best when it comes to Disney pizza.
Disney’s room service pizza will satisfy the hunger pangs after a long day in the parks when every other pizza place is closed, but don’t count on it to really satisfy a pizza craving. It’s a bit expensive, and they charge extra fees, including a delivery charge. It also isn’t the best tasting pizza.
Food Court pizza is very similar (if not identical) to room service pizza. Many food courts in the Disney Resort Hotels serve pizza including Disney’s All-Star Resorts, Disney’s Art of Animation Resort, Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort, Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, and Disney’s Pop Century Resort. You’ll find that the slice is very large and could easily be shared, especially if you add a salad or other side item. Like room service pizza, this pizza doesn’t win in the taste category. It’s pretty dry and flavorless.
Pizza Planet on the Streets of America in Disney’s Hollywood Studios closed and became PizzeRizzo. This new restaurant, which is owned and operated by Rizzo the Rat from The Muppets, is situated in Muppets Courtyard and is a casual Italian-American quick-service dining location.
PizzeRizzo took over the two-story building with new theming. The menu is similar to Pizza Planet. While you’re enjoying your pizza, look around for hints of Rizzo and his family and friends who visited the Studios several times over the years. Imagineers have hidden them everywhere. You’ll enjoy the expansive seating both indoor and outdoor, and there are even some special seating areas like a “cheesy” banquet hall and a booth designated for Rizzo’s celebrity friends.
Rounding out the “blah” pizza in Disney World is the Pizza Window at Disney’s Boardwalk. Order pizza by the slice or a whole pie to share. Choose from cheese, pepperoni, or signature pizza with roasted garlic, mushroom, and spinach. Pick up a chocolate fudge cake or a fruit cup for dessert and a fountain drink, beer, or sangria. Although this isn’t the world’s best pizza, it is one of the only late-night options in Disney World, and it is reasonably priced at less than $5 for a rather large slice of pizza and just over $20 for a whole pie.
Although some people don’t consider flatbread to be real pizza, it is, nonetheless, pretty tasty. And there are several places to get flatbread on property.
Beach Club Marketplace at Disney’s Beach Club Resort offers consistently good flatbread pizza, but you won’t find anything fancy here; guests only options are cheese flatbread or pepperoni flatbread. At over $8, it’s just a little bit pricy, but it would be enough to share if neither person has a huge appetite.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano has some more selections on Mama’s Signature Flatbread menu. Options include Rosemary Chicken Flatbread, Margherita Flatbread, Grilled Vegetable Flatbread, and Carne d’Italia Flatbread.
Portobello Country Italian Trattoria at Disney Springs is not flatbread pizza, but they do have some good pies at reasonable prices. With everything from a classic pepperoni pizza to a funghi pizza, guests are sure to find something enjoyable.
By far, the best pizza in Walt Disney World is Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria in Epcot’s Italy Pavilion. This is the closest you will get to true Italian Pizza without visiting Italy. In fact, Disney ships in water from Pennsylvania because Pennsylvanian water is very close in acidity to Italian water.
The atmosphere and staff are beyond compare, and guests will feel like they have been transported to an Italian village restaurant.
A large pizza, which serves up to three people, is a pretty good value for a table-service restaurant. Guests will also find a ton of variety including build-your-own, Capricciosa, Piccante, Carciofi, Quattro Formaggi, and many more. Be sure to pair your pizza with a salad, which is equally delicious. If pizza isn’t for everyone in the group, try Lasagna Verde, Candele, or various chicken dishes.
Wash it all down with a unique beverage. The Aqua Frescas are delicious as is the bottled Italian Soda. If you’d like a more adult option, try Sangria, Lemon Drop, Bellini, or any of the other specialty and signature drinks.
One of the newer pizza additions is Blaze Pizza at Disney Springs. Personally, I’m not sure the quality of the ingredients is the best, but I really love the pizza. It tastes great and is priced very reasonably, especially for a restaurant on Disney property.
Pizza in Walt Disney World – blah, better, or best?