Virtual Food & Wine Festival: Italy

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In celebration of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival going on from September 19 until November 10, 2014, several Disney bloggers have put together a virtual version of this special event. We will each be sharing a recipe from one of the countries represented at the Food & Wine Festival. We invite you to join us as we virtually eat our way around World Showcase!

Virtual Food & Wine Festival: Italy

Italian food, especially pizza, has always been one of my favorites. Located in World Showcase, Italy’s new Via Napoli restaurant specializes in pizza. In fact, they actually import water from Italy in order to make the pizza dough as authentic as possible. Among the pizzas offered at Via Napoli is the traditional Pizza Margarita. This pizza features the colors of the Italian flag through the use of red tomatoes, white mozzarella, and green basil.

Pizza Margarita is a delicious Italian dish you can easily make at home. For my version of this pizza, we will actually be making a Pizza Margarita flatbread. This recipe makes two flatbreads, but can easily be modified to make as many flatbreads as needed.

Virtual Food & Wine Festival: Italy

Ingredients
2 Flatbreads
Olive Oil
1 Garlic Clove
2 Roma Tomatoes
Fresh Basil Leaves
Shredded Mozzarella

Before you begin preparing the pizza, put  your pizza stone into the oven. With the pizza stone in the oven, begin pre-heating it to 400 degrees. Pre-heating the pizza stone will help your flatbread to crisp as soon as it is placed on the stone. If you don’t have a pizza stone, this dish can be made on a regular pan; however, I did have a slight issue with the flatbread sticking to the pan when I tried this. Using a pizza stone will eliminate any sticking.

Virtual Food & Wine Festival: Italy

Once your pizza stone is pre-heating, you will need to slice up the roma tomatoes. If you don’t have roma, other types of tomatoes will work for this recipe; however, I prefer roma tomatoes due to their smaller size.

Next chop up the clove of garlic into small pieces.

Then cut the fresh basil leaves into small strips. If some of the leaves are rather small, you may just want to leave them whole.

Pour just a little bit of olive oil into a small dish.

Once the oven and pizza stone are pre-heated, use a pot holder to remove the pizza stone from the oven.

Place your flatbreads on the hot pizza stone to begin constructing your pizza.

The garlic and olive oil will serve as the sauce for the Pizza Margarita. Using a basting brush, brush each flatbread with olive oil. You’ll want to use just enough to lightly cover each flatbread.

Next, sprinkle half of your chopped garlic evenly across each flatbread.

Cover each flatbread with a layer of shredded mozzarella. There is no set amount of cheese needed. Just cover it with cheese until it looks right to you.

On top of the layer of cheese, place the strips of fresh basil. Again, there is no set amount of basil needed. It’s really up to you how much or how little basil you prefer on your pizza.

Once the mozzarella and basil have been placed on your pizza, top it off with the roma tomato slices. I generally use one whole tomato per flatbread, but really the amount of tomato needed will vary based on the size of your flatbread and the size of your tomatoes.

Virtual Food & Wine Festival: Italy

Once your pizza toppings have been added, it’s ready to  go in the oven. My flatbeads were baked for about 12 -13 minutes; however, I recommend checking your flatbreads after about 10 minutes. You will know they are done cooking once the cheese has melted.

Virtual Food & Wine Festival: Italy

 

The finished Pizza Margarita flatbreads are delicious! In fact, my husband and I have prepared this several times over the last few weeks. I love that we can use fresh basil from our herb garden for this quick and easy Italian meal!

Be sure to visit the links below for more Virtual Food & Wine Festival recipes!



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Kimberly's love of Disney began at an early age and grew even more when her family won a Walt Disney World vacation from a local radio station. She grew up visiting the parks every one to two years and is fascinated by Disney history and trivia. Whether at the parks or at home, Kimberly is constantly looking for hidden Mickeys. She enjoys sharing tips and helping others plan their Disney vacations. In addition to Frontierland Station, she can also be found writing for Park World Travel and selecting music for Park World Radio.

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  • Looks so yummy, I love the food in Italy, one of my favorite stops in Epcot. Thanks for tip on pizza stone.

    • This recipe works so much better on a pizza stone. It really helps make the crust crispy!

  • Oh we always use our pizza stone, but I’ve never pre-heated it, will have to try that next time. These look very good and good for a quick bite.

  • DisneyDonnaKay

    This looks really yummy Kimberly! Definitely pinning this one for later!! Thanks for sharing.

  • DIStherapy

    Mmmm, who doesn’t love pizza? We just love Via Napoli, and wish it were around in the days when my son ONLY ate pizza for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Your version is so clean, simple and healthy; I’m watching my fat intake so this fresh-style would be perfect. Our garden basil has a new function!

    • We actually first made this a few weeks ago because of our basil. We needed to make something with basil because it was kind of taking over our little herb garden since we hadn’t made much with it! It’s definitely a great use of basil. I also like to make tomato basil grilled cheese sandwiches with it. They go great with some tomato soup! I actually had that for lunch yesterday.

  • Yummy! It looks and sounds so good. I love homemade pizza and Via Napoli’s pizza is sensational! I too use a pizza stone but never preheated it. Will be trying it next time. An I hadn’t thought of adding my garden basil. I will next time. Oh I am so looking forward to making this! Thanks for sharing!

    • I haven’t had the chance to try Via Napoli yet, but I’m sure it will be one of my favorites when I do. I love pizza! Definitely try pre-heating the pizza stone; it makes for a crispier crust!

  • I love pizza margarita! Your recipe looks easy enough, even for me. 🙂

    • It’s very easy! My husband usually does the cooking, but this one is easy enough I can do the cooking! 🙂

  • Lisa Cameron

    We are huge pizza people and Via Napoli is one of our favorite places to get it. Your recipe is perfect for a midweek dinner with my kids. It’s so easy they can help too! Thanks for sharing.

    • I’m sure they will love being able to help fix such a tasty meal!

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