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The Downtown Disney District has gone through some major changes, like adding new dining and updating some interior and exterior décor of already established restaurants. What we didn’t expect is a complete change from a well-established eatery. Next to Naples Ristorante e Bar is a well known quick service pizzeria that served the same pizza as Naples, but now it has upgraded to something entirely different. Napolini Pizzeria is now a “make-your-own” custom pizza eatery.
The seating is all outside, but each table is covered with an umbrella and on a few umbrellas there are heaters attached for those cold days. Right now it is pretty easy to get seats after you get your pizza so you can enjoy it while it is still hot. We cannot confirm if it will stay this way during the year, but as of right now it is simple to grab a seat. The new renovation has improved the environment inside entirely. It used to be very cramped and crowded but now it is very open and clean. The interior is completely white, with white walls and floors, and the new glass doors and a splash of color make it feel more open and bright instead of dark and closed off.
The fridge is filled with grab ‘n’ go sandwiches like the Caprese, Turkey Pesto, and Prosciutto e Salame. All decent sizes and under $10. Along with the sandwiches are grab ‘n’ go salads like a classic Cesare, Spring Mix, and Mozzarella e Pomodori. There is also a Pesto Pasta Salad and an Insalata di Mare. The fridge is also stocked with Italian beverages, wine, and beer.
The pizza menu is very straightforward with either building your own pizza or choosing a signature pizza. The pizze are all hand tossed dough roughly about 9” wide and all under $10, unless you add toppings which are $.50 per topping. This style is very similar to the popular Blaze Pizza and The Pizza Press which can be found down the road from the Disneyland Resort. Adding this build your own pizza establishment isn’t new to the Disney Resorts, Disney Springs added Blaze Pizza a couple years ago and it is a great fit for people on the go, on a budget, who want the convenience of not leaving Disney property.
Tyler ordered the Pepperoni Pizza with a pesto base and four toppings (mushrooms, chicken, onions, and peppers), coming to a total of $9.45 before tax and the 10% Annual Pass Discount. The wood fire oven cooked this pizza perfectly. I would say it was better cooked than a normal Blaze Pizza. The crust is perfectly golden brown and the bottom was cooked where he could actually pick up a slice of pizza and not have that slice sag. It stayed completely straight with no folding in half required. The only comment Tyler had was that he wanted more pesto since it was pretty bare. But all the flavors were great and the amount of toppings to pizza were perfect.
I got the Mista Canza for $7.95, which is a mixed greens salad with olives, mushrooms, sweet peppers, artichoke hearts, and mozzarella with a red wine vinaigrette on the side. The salad was very fresh with crisp greens and delicious Italian veggies and cheese. If you have a gluten allergy and want something to eat besides a salad or fruit then I would not suggest this place, I ate here simply to check out the new offerings. With that being said, with what I could eat I was not disappointed.
Our final thoughts on this place are very positive compared to their neighbor, Naples Ristorante e Bar, which was overpriced for what you receive. For a Downtown Disney restaurant or just a Disneyland Resort quick service location in general, this is by far the most cost effective location you will find that is fresh and delicious. It is a great place to grab a pizza and head back to your room or head into the parks and enjoy the day.