It’s always controversial ranking restaurants at Walt Disney World – everyone has their tried and true favorites, after all. Sometimes, though, it’s the only way to figure out where best to spend your precious vacation time and money. Luckily for me, I got to do all the hard work for you, and have definitively (for now, in my opinion) figured out where to find the best pizza in Walt Disney World. I ranked the pizza at ten of the most well-known “pizza” places on property (both quick service and table service) based on flavor, crust, toppings, size – all the basics you’d look for in your favorite pie! Let’s take a look and see how your favorites fared…
Best Pizza at Disney World
10. Trattoria al Forno (Disney’s BoardWalk; table service; $17-19)
I had never tried Trattoria’s pizza before a recent visit, but after that meal, it’s safe to say I can never afford to again. At 6-7 inches in size, the fresh-fired pizzas are tiny, essentially individual sizes, but that’s not the real issue. I can handle small pizza, especially if I have some great appetizers beforehand to complete the meal, but each pizza came with barely a handful of toppings on it, and a plain cheese pizza was $17 (the specialty mushroom was $19)! If you like overpriced, plain pizza dough, Trattoria’s your best bet – seriously, the only flavor we got was from dipping it into the house olive oil that came with our bread service. Otherwise, avoid this abysmal attempt at upscale pizza.
9. Pinocchio Village Haus (Magic Kingdom; quick service; $9.49-10.99)
I’ve never been a huge fan of Pinocchio Village Haus’ flatbread pizzas, as they have tended to be simultaneously dry and greasy every time I’ve tried them, with flimsy crust in the middle. These are definitely large enough for one person, if not two to split, and it does qualify as pizza with cheese, sauce, and bread as the basic ingredients. That’s about all of the positives I can offer here – if you’re desperate for pizza in Magic Kingdom, this is really it, but there are far better options elsewhere.
8. Pizzafari (Animal Kingdom; quick service; $9.99-13.49)
I reviewed Pizzafari’s pizza a few months ago, to positive results, and I still think it’s decent pizza for what it is. Though not too far off from Village Haus’ flatbread style, it still seems fresher and better cooked at Pizzafari every visit, and generally has more toppings than elsewhere. The additional specialty pizzas available (currently cheeseburger flavor or the shrimp and Mediterranean options I reviewed) are interesting and offer something a bit different than elsewhere, always a positive.
7. Wolfgang Puck Grand Café, Express, & Marketplace Express (Disney Springs; table service; $11-18)
With three locations to choose from in Disney Springs, Wolfgang Puck had a near monopoly on pizza in the area until recently. Though each of the locations offers a few different options, the pies are generally the same in size and quality of ingredients, and serve about 2 people. For the price, it’s fine pizza, adequate in amount of toppings with decently crisp crust and good flavor, but better options now exist in Disney Springs. With that in mind, I’d skip it and try those (see later rankings for Splitsville and Blaze).
6. PizzeRizzo & Catalina Eddie’s (Disney’s Hollywood Studios; quick service; $9.49-10.69)
I’m going to blow some people’s minds here with this revelation: PizzeRizzo and Catalina Eddie’s serve the same pizza. I know, huge news, right? Regardless, I’ve talked about my irrational love of PizzeRizzo pizza extensively in my review of the renovated restaurant, and I’m holding my ground here – it is solidly the best in-park quick service pizza available. With a decent amount of toppings, zesty sauce, and fluffy, firm crust, it fits the bill as “pizza” for me whenever I’m around Hollywood Studios and in search of a quick meal. Many hate on it, but you can definitely do worse.
5. Tony’s Town Square (Magic Kingdom; table service; $19-20)
Tony’s tends to get a bad rap, but they have a few “hidden gems” on their menu that can satisfy both your appetite and your tastebuds. A recent visit proved the flatbreads to be a reasonable option if picky family members lure you to Tony’s – perfect to split for an appetizer or entrée, flatbreads came with ample, fresh toppings, and though the dough is obviously not fresh, it’s suitable for this purpose while avoiding dry or cardboard territory.
4. Splitsville (Disney Springs; table service; $15-17)
Though Splitsville pizza isn’t mind-blowing in any way, it’s definitely better pizza than Wolfgang Puck’s, and comes in huge portions for the price. Each pizza is about 12 inches in size, easy to share between two or three people, especially if you sample an appetizer or two. To me, Splitsville pizza ranks about the same as your favorite off-property delivery pizza in terms of quality – a good amount of cheese with some browning on top, solid crust that is neither too floppy nor stiff, and a reasonable amount of toppings.
3. Mama Melrose’s Ristorante Italiano (Disney’s Hollywood Studios; table service; $14-17)
The dark horse of Disney pizza, Mama Melrose’s flatbreads are really high quality for the price and remarkably flavorful. Crisp and tender 11-12 inch crusts come topped with a ton of fresh ingredients, regardless of which flatbread you choose. The menu features a few traditional flavors (cheese, all-meat) but the true star is the mushroom flatbread with a sautéed mushrooms, Vidalia onion spread, and mild fontina and asiago cheeses. Alongside a fresh salad, these pizzas are easy to split between two people for a (dare I say it) semi-reasonably priced meal in a theme park.
2. Blaze Pizza (Disney Springs; quick service; $7.25-11.65)
The newest pizza to the Disney food scene, Blaze offers “fast fire’d” pizzas in 3-5 minutes with endless customization of nearly 30 fresh ingredients. For the price, Blaze can’t be beat, but you’d think it was not great quality given how cheap it is. From my first review all the way to today, Blaze continues to feature incredibly fresh produce for their toppings, and a great variety of sauces and finishes unique throughout Disney. Splurge with two sauces, 10 toppings, and a pesto drizzle on top on a high-rise crust (a bit thicker and more like traditional pizza), or keep it simple with a plain cheese pie on their standard thin crust. The pizza possibilities are endless, and results are sure to be satisfying.
1. Via Napoli (Epcot; table service; $18-48)
I know, I know – everyone says it’s the best pizza at Walt Disney World (I didn’t promise any surprises!). Honestly, though, it is! Blaze is coming up fast on its heels, but Via Napoli still offers the best bet for great pizza – charred crust with a bit of crisp and tenderness, incredibly fresh ingredients, and sizes running from individual to a half-meter. With the wide variety of options, pizzas here can get pricy, to be sure, but bring your whole family or a group of friends to split a mezzo metro and you’ll leave perfectly satisfied with your pizza experience.
There you have it – the best pizza at Walt Disney World (currently, according to me, your trusty dining reviewer). Apologies go out to Derek Burgan for leaving off one of his all-time favorites, the BoardWalk Pizza Window (equally as bad as Trattoria’s pizza, for what it’s worth). How would you rank your favorites?