Let's start this review with some stark honesty:
Confession 1: True to my family heritage, I love Italian food – but I almost always skip Italy at the festivals because the last thing I want in the Florida sun is pasta and fried shrimp.
Confession 2: I ate this full slate awhile ago but was holding off on the review because I didn't want to open reviews of my favorite festival of the year with a buzz kill.
All of this being said, let's tear the bandaid off and get this done.
Italy's Primavera Kitchen at Epcot's International Flower and Garden Festival is, of course, located just across the promenade outside the Italy pavilion. While it usually takes me awhile to get to Italy's festival booth, I was with some dear friends with food restrictions that limited options – so we hit Primavera Kitchen to get the allergy-friendly frittata that they offered and knocked out the rest of the menu at the same time.
So, for starters, I love the Bulls and miss them already and thank them for letting me hang and eat my face off with them after Princess race weekend.
But if you're reading this for nothing but the food review you're probably getting annoyed at this point. So I'll save you further scrolling and get to it.
Italy offers three savory dishes and one sweet, along with a variety of wines, sparkling options, and an Italian margarita that I still need to get my hands on.
- Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens, and Citrus Dressing ($7) (vegetarian) (gluten free)
I confess that I don't know the ingredients in this. But as far as I can tell, it's eggs with asparagus in them with some lightly dressed greens on top. If you really, really want to pay $7 for a small amount of scrambled eggs, I highly recommend this. Otherwise, not so much. Let's move on.
- Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini, and Spicy Sauces ($8)
This was pretty bland. Small-ish fried shrimp and zucchini with lots of breading and a generous drizzle of the aptly named “spicy sauces”. It made me feel like I was eating actual calories in Disney World, which is not acceptable. Even if I liked it, I wouldn't want to eat it in the hot sun…. If this picture makes you want to lick the screen, knock yourself out. Otherwise there are better places to spend your calories and money and then you can just get some firecracker shrimp at P.F. Changs after your trip.
- Ravioli: Maine Lobster Ravioli with Vodka Sauce ($12)
These are quite tasty, as they should be for $12. (Yes, that's $6 per ravioli….) They are nicely cooked and filled with lobster and topped with these funny little things that can only be described as lox-flavored boba balls. (If you don't like the taste of smoked salmon, do NOT eat the balls.) I don't really have any complaints here except that they were nothing extraordinary and they cost a fortune. If you're craving ravioli, they will do the trick.
- Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta ($5.50) (vegetarian) (gluten free)
This was absolutely lovely. A soft, melon panna cotta with a pretty little square of white chocolate and a fresh raspberry. If you, like many, are aiming to sample at least one food item from each festival booth, the panna cotta should probably be your choice at Primavera Kitchen. It was refreshing and smooth and not overly sweet at all. A perfect dessert for a warm Florida afternoon.
- Chianti ($8) and Prosecco ($9)
These are lovely. And help to wash down the bitter resentment of eating a $6 ravioli. Enjoy!