Whenever we visit Downtown Disney we're always overwhelmed by all the great restaurants. But as big pizza lovers, we always end up settling on Naples Ristorante e Bar because of their amazing wood fired pizza. Each time we've enjoyed Naples we've had supreme customer service and fantastic food that goes above and beyond what we'd expect.
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On our recent visit, we finally saw the restaurant completely finished after their renovation from the previous year. Read our full review of the restaurant from our visit in August 2019!
Naples Dining Review
You have the option of dining outside or inside so depending on the weather you an indicate a preference. We have dined outside before on a really hot day and while they do keep it cool with plenty of shade, I usually prefer indoor dining when the heat is considerable.
This is a popular restaurant in Downtown Disney and dining reservations are a must! Even with your dining reservation it is typical to wait about 5-10 minutes for your table to open up. Once you arrive to the podium, you will wait in line to check in with the hostess for the restaurant. They will take your cellphone number and then text you when your table is ready. Once you receive that text, you will proceed to check in and be taken to your seat.
On our visit we sat in the second floor eating area with all the twinkling fairy lights hanging above us. On the way to your table, you have a choice of the winding staircase or the elevator. You will basically be sat in one of the three areas: outside, first floor, or second floor.
The renovation makes everything feel real crisp, light, and modern which is the style we've seen lately in Downtown Disney with Disney's renovations of their stores. While I like the new look, I also find myself missing the large cartoonish pizza figure that used to adorn the sign. Something about those larger than life cartoon figures on the Downtown Disney stores made things feel real ‘Disney' to me.
Either way, the renovation did not change the food because our menu was pretty much the same from last time.
When it comes to their pizza sizes, I've found that an individual works well for me with some leftovers to take home. A large pizza easily feeds two people but there won't be many leftovers! And a family size is, well, gigantic. So make sure to look at the sizes of the pizzas before you decide. You can also view their menu online on the Disneyland Dining website. Because the location is inside Downtown Disney, you can make reservations via Disney and view their menu on Disney's website.
My son opted for the kids meal option of Alfredo noodles which he said were the best thing he ate all week! High praise after all that in the park Disneyland dining.
Two members of our group got individual sized pizzas with their favorite toppings while myself and another member of the group shared a large pizza.
This is their version of a simple cheese pizza- it's amazing. It's always amazing, really. Like I said, this is our favorite place to eat in Downtown Disney and I've become a big fan of their pizza.
If you look carefully between the large and the individual pizzas you can see the size difference a bit more easily.
Our dining companions are a bit more adventurous than we are and one of our group members ordered the individual pizza with anchovies. He said after our week in Disneyland that even after eating at places like the Blue Bayou, Carthay Circle, etc. that Naples was his favorite place that we ate because the pizza with anchovies was just that good. That's some pretty high praise!
Overall, if you're looking for Italian food than Naples is the place to go! If you're not looking for pizza they also have a wide selection of pasta options and choices. You can also really feel that Disney magic when dining here! On our past three visits, there's been people making balloon animals (for free!) for the kids dining in the restaurant. My son is always thrilled by this! He's had a variety of wacky balloon animals over our visits from Captain America's shield to a dragon.
Pro tip: if you show up without a reservation and really want that pizza… check our their quick service location next door: Naples Pizzeria! You can walk up and pick you pizza by the slice and no reservations are required.
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