Ah, pizza. Gloriously cheesy, deliciously saucy and beloved by people worldwide, pizza is one of the most popular foods on the planet. So popular, in fact, there’s even an entire month dedicated to its creation and consumption – National Pizza Month in October. Now that’s a holiday I can get behind.
So, it’s no surprise that this Italian import turned American institution is available at restaurants across Walt Disney World. Just which Disney World restaurants serve up the best pizza pies? Bring your appetite and portable parmesan cheese shaker (Just me?) as we dig into the best pizza in Disney World.
Where to Find the Best Pizza in Disney World
With so many different things to choose from when it comes time for food at Disney World, especially at places like Disney Springs and Epcot, pizza might not always be the first dish you think of. However, this dreamy handheld meal can be a boon for parents of picky eaters and the perfect antidote for your theme park-fueled salt craving.
Unfortunately, while some may be content to nosh on cardboard-like crust or microwave-reheated pizza, others hold their slice to a higher standard. If you’re one of those pizza purists or are hoping for a pie that will satisfy adult tastebuds as much as kids’ palates, then I’m sorry to report that not all pizza at Disney World will hit the spot.
Whether you call it pizza, ‘za, pie or slice, this is where you’ll find the best pizza in Disney World:
Via Napoli Ristorante e Pizzeria at EPCOT
Via Napoli, Epcot’s best pizza joint, also happens to serve what is arguably the best pizza at Disney World overall. Tucked at the back of the Italy Pavilion in World Showcase, Via Napoli whisks diners away to Southern Italy. While dishes like pasta, fried risotto balls and chicken parmigiana are also on the menu here, the inarguable star is their authentic Neapolitan pizza.
This traditional Epcot pizza slice gets loaded with flavorful ingredients like fresh mozzarella cheese, imported flour from Southern Italy and even water sourced from a location stateside that matches that used for pies in Naples (apparently, it’s in Pennsylvania!). Then, the pizza gets thrown into one of three wood-burning ovens, each named for Italy’s three active volcanoes – Mount Vesuvius, Mount Etna and Stromboli – where it earns its signature fire-kissed thin crust.
Although I highly recommend eating inside the restaurant for the freshest pizza possible, a walk-up window is also occasionally open for guests on the go. Inside, choose from a 10-inch individual pie just for you or get a full half meter for the whole family to share.
Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Although Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano isn’t my favorite place for a slice on this list, it does have the best pizza at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. However, unlike at Via Napoli, pasta is the focus here, not pizza. So, don’t expect any wood-fired crusts or a menu full of pizza options. Instead, you can opt for a Pizza Napoletana favorite with a California spin: a Margherita Flatbread.
While you savor that fresh basil and juicy tomatoes, be sure to take a peek at the restaurant’s adorable theming. As the story goes, the restaurant was opened by a Sicilian woman who moved to Hollywood to pursue her dreams of becoming an actress. Soon, she realized that her true passion was cooking, ultimately opening up Mama Melrose’s Ristorante in a vacant backlot where she serves old family recipes to starving actors and other Italian cuisine connoisseurs.
California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort
For pizza with a view (and oh, what a view it is), make your way to California Grill at Disney’s Contemporary Resort. Located on the 15th floor of the iconic A-frame resort, the California Grill boasts stunning panoramas of Magic Kingdom Park and Seven Seas Lagoon. This signature restaurant specializes in California-style cooking and serves a deliciously diverse menu of hand-rolled sushi, steak, seafood and more.
Of course, we’re here to talk about the pizzas. These cheesy beauties are fired in the restaurant’s wood-burning oven and come draped in quality ingredients like house-made pepperoni. There’s even a special Duck A O’Orange pie on offer for the California Grill’s 50th Anniversary Celebration menu. For an extra special night, plan your reservation so that it coincides with the Magic Kingdom fireworks. Talk about dinner and a show!
Trattoria al Forno at Disney’s BoardWalk
Disney’s BoardWalk may play second fiddle to Disney Springs, but this charming dining and entertainment district is well worth a visit when the sun goes down. A number of restaurants are available here, but one of my favorites is Trattoria al Forno.
In the morning, this table service restaurant plays host to a delightful Italian-inspired Disney character meal – the Bon Voyage Breakfast starring Ariel, Prince Eric, Rapunzel and Flynn Rider – where there’s even a breakfast pizza on offer. If you’re coming for pizza, however, you’ll definitely want to dine during dinner for wood-fired pies topped with quality ingredients. Afterward, stop into one of my favorite Disney World bars, AbracadaBar, for boozy cocktails with a magical twist.
Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza at Disney Springs
There are a few places to get pizza at Disney Springs, but those looking for ultimate customization possibilities will want to head to Blaze Fast-Fire’d Pizza. Though you can choose one of the signature options, this contemporary pizza joint lets you build your very own pie from the crust up – thin, high-rise, gluten-free or keto-friendly – crowning your creation with a selection of over 40 toppings and sauces. From there, it gets crispy and gooey in the open-hearth oven before making its way to your table.
A quick service restaurant with speedy service, Blaze is an excellent option for those wanting food fast but not fast food. Best of all, even if there is a line, things tend to move pretty quickly, so you’re never have to wait long for your perfect slice.
Pizza Ponte at Disney Springs
Nothing says affordable like pizza by the slice. Unfortunately, food expenses can add up quickly when you’re on vacation, making the huge, reasonably priced Sicilian-style pies (and made-to-order sandwiches and salads, too) at Pizza Ponte a match made in heaven for those doing Disney on a budget.
Several kinds of pizza are on offer to satisfy every pizza fan, from approachable Pepperoni and Four Cheese to more sophisticated pairings like artichokes and fontina or Parma ham and ricotta cheese, all resting on a pleasantly hearty crust. And while you can take your slice to go, it’s worth lingering a little longer to indulge in the restaurant’s house-baked cannoli and tiramisu and some Italian beer, wine or coffee.
Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill at Disney Springs
Wolfgang Puck has been a mainstay at Disney Springs for years now, and this celebrity chef-helmed restaurant can cook up a mean pizza pie. As you might expect from this chef-inspired restaurant, pizzas here tend to be more elevated takes on the classic. Think, a Mortadella pizza with roasted tomatoes and burrata cheese or BBQ Pulled Pork with avocado and a tomatillo cream drizzle.
Have someone in your party who’s not in the mood for ‘za? No worries! With a massive menu available, you’re to find a meal option that appeals to everyone.
Flatbreads on Restaurant Menus Across Disney World
This next suggestion isn’t served at any one particular restaurant but restaurants across the Central Florida resort. Flatbreads, basically code for (occasionally fancy) pizzas served as an appetizer, are on the menu at many Disney World restaurants.
While you will find more traditional pizza toppings on flatbreads at Disney World, depending on where you’re eating, you can also find some more upscale options as well. For example, try the Mushroom Flatbread at Jiko – The Cooking Place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge or the Berbere Flank Steak Flatbread at Jock Lindsey’s Hangar Bar in Disney Springs.
Honorable Mentions for the Best Disney World Pizza Places
While the competition isn’t quite as contentious as the argument over pineapple as a pizza topping (I’m pro-pineapple, personally), there are some pizza places at Disney World that, in my opinion, just don’t do the pie justice. That being said, these next Disney pizza restaurants do have their fair share of fans and will work in a pinch in the event of a last-minute pizza craving or irritable picky eater.
Pinocchio Village Haus at Magic Kingdom Park
You know those Disney flatbreads we were just talking about? Well, some of them can be found at Pinocchio Village Haus at Magic Kingdom. Now, can they compare to those offered at Jiko or Hangar Bar? No, of course not. However, they do hit the spot when you have a hankering for pizza at Magic Kingdom but don’t have too much time to eat.
Several varieties of flatbreads are available, from the basic to the creative. Korean Short Rib Flatbread, anyone? This cozy quick service restaurant also happens to overlook “it’s a small world,” making for a fun view while you’re noshing on your ‘za.
Tony’s Town Square Restaurant at Magic Kingdom Park
Pinocchio Village Haus doesn’t have a corner on the market when it comes to finding pizza at Magic Kingdom, though it is probably my favorite place for a slice when I’m exploring Disney World’s most fanciful theme park. However, if you’re looking for a slower-paced, sit-down pizza feast, then you’re better off heading to Tony’s Town Square down on Main Street, U.S.A.
This charming restaurant is inspired by the Italian restaurant where Lady and the Tramp shared their very first kiss – and a plate of spaghetti – in the movie of the same name. There’s even a fun little Easter egg hidden on the ground just outside the restaurant (if it isn’t hidden by strollers): A heart with two sets of paw prints in the middle.
Having said all this, Tony’s Town Square Restaurant is basically an overpriced, glorified take on an Olive Garden, so set your expectations accordingly. If you aren’t in the mood for Tony’s Pizza Pie with its thick, hand-tossed crust and classic pizza toppings, there are also plenty of pasta dishes to try. Best of all, with its ideal location near the park entrance, it makes for a convenient dinner spot before returning to your hotel.
Pizzafari at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Looking for something to satisfy your need for cheese and pepperoni during your Animal Kingdom adventures? While we can’t guarantee any impressive cheese pulls or house-made charcuterie atop your pie, Pizzafari on Discovery Island does the trick when you’re craving pizza. After all, it is in this quick service restaurant’s name.
Although this isn’t the tastiest pizza I’ve had at Disney World, it will certainly please any kiddos you’re traveling with. Plus, each pizza comes with a side of bonus veggies, a small Caesar salad. Classic pizza toppings are available, or try one of their other Italian-inspired entrees if you aren’t feeling a slice.
PizzeRizzo at Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Those hoping to eat at Pizza Planet during their next Disney World vacation will be sad to discover that such a restaurant no longer exists. Instead, in its place, guests can dine on mediocre pizza at PizzeRizzo, a casual pizza joint helmed by Rizzo, the rat from the Muppets.
This quirky quick service restaurant at Disney’s Hollywood Studios won’t win any awards for impeccable pizza artistry, but it does serve up respectable pies with all the traditional toppings. Best of all, those with food allergies won’t have to worry about missing out on this classic dish, as a gluten-free crust and dairy-free cheese are also available. All pizzas here also come with your choice of side.
Pizza Window at Disney’s BoardWalk
Attached to Trattoria al Forno, the Pizza Window at Disney’s BoardWalk is ideal for those craving pizza but who don’t have time for a table service meal. Unfortunately, the quality of the pies here typically doesn’t live up to what you’ll find inside Trattoria al Forno at dinnertime.
That being said, if you’re hoping to feed your family on the cheap or are wanting a portable meal, the Pizza Window is a decent choice. Large, shareable pies are available with all the classic toppings, as are individual slices. However, keep in mind that no indoor seating is available, so be prepared to snag a spot outside.
Well, pizza fans, that concludes our list of the best pizza in Disney World. Which pizza joint at Walt Disney World is your favorite? How about your go-to pizza? Is there anywhere we missed? Let us know in the comments!