Tuesday
May012012

Italy - Tutto Gusto Wine Cellar


This Wine Cellar is connected to Tutto Italia and right next door to Via Napoli. The simple maroon awning and heavy dark wood doors open to welcome you into this hidden wine treasure room. Along with a massive selection of wine, unique liqueurs and beer, this is also a full-service bar with standard liquor available.

Wines
The list of wines here is one of the largest we've seen (over 200), so any fine wine connoisseur or a wine novice will find something they will love. We're not even going to try to list every single one, but know that select wines are available by glass, starting at $7 and most are available only by bottle, with some bottles priced over $200.

Wine Flights - $14-18 (2oz. pours)
A variety of wine flights are available as well including champagne, whites, reds, and even a dessert flight that pairs one wine with 3 different delectable desserts. Each wine flight consists of 3 different wines. 

Best of Italy Wine Flight - $26
Includes a pallet cleaning glass of Prosecco, and includes 2 wines of the day. (2oz. pours)

The Grand Tour Wine Flight - $29
The Grand Tour gives you six wines to explore Italy in depth. (2oz. pours)


Cocktails & Liqueurs


Aperitivi

Spritz - $9
White wine and a splash of sparkling mineral water with a lemon twist.

Campari & Soda - $11

Cynar & Soda - $11
With a slice of orange.

Carpano Punt E Mes - $11
With a slice of orange.


Sangria
Special Italian Sangria - Glass $8 | Pitcher $20
A refreshing blend of Italian wine and fresh fruit.


Cocktails
Americano - $13
Campari, sweet vermouth, club soda with an orange twist.

Bellini - $12
White peach and raspberry puree, Prosecco.

Bruschetta Martini - $14
Oraganic crop tomato vodka, Martini Rossi Dry Vermouth.

Espresso Coffee Martini - $14
Vanilla vodka, coffee liqueur, Italian espresso.

Frizzante - $14
Campari, mandarin juice, Prosecco.

Italian Margherita - $12
Patron Silver, Caravella Limoncello, fresh lime juice.

Martini Your Way
- $14

Pomegranate Cosmopolitan - $14
Citrus vodka, triple sec liqueur, pomegranate juice.

Red Passion - $14
Campari, grapefruit juice.

Rossini - $14
Strawberry puree, Prosecco.

Sicilian Ice Tea - $14
Amaro Averna, Caravella Orangecello, lemon juice.


Amari E Liquori
Averna Amaro - $9
Semi-bitter with bittersweet taste that is velvety and warm on the palate.

Cynar - $9
Artichoke liqueur.

Disaronno Amaretto - $9
Bittersweet almond taste that reflects the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits.

Fernet Branca - $9
A bitter aromatic made from over 40 herbs and spices.

Luxardo Amaretto Di Saschira - $10
Attractive sweet almond, caramel and orange aromas. Enticing, flavorful finish. Sweet, but balanced.

Montenegro - $10
Orange peel, fresh coriander, red cherry, pekoe tea and cucumber, palate is sweet and botanical.

Ramazzotti Amaro Liqueur 60 - $9
Smooth and delicate taste; perfect balance between sweet and bitter.

Caravella Orangecello - $9
Cloudy orange-peel appearance, fresh citrus zest aromas with a distinctly sweet orange quality; syrupy and sweet, with a strong orange blossom character.

Frangelico Hazelnut Liqueur - $10
Toasted wild hazelnuts with hints of vanilla and dark chocolate.


Limoncello
Capri Natura Lemon Liqueur - $8
Intense lemon verbena and merringue flavors, crisp finish.

Luxardo Limocello Liquor - $8
Fresh, bitterly sour scents of lemon zest. Tastes of delightfully lemony-citrusy sour; the aftertaste is long, lemony and sweet-sour.

Marcati Limoncello - $8
Natural lemon and citrus flavors, sweet lush finish.

Villa Marzia Limoncello - $10
Tart, lemony and citric bouquet that features keen smells of lemon zest and fresh lemon juice with a juicy and intense lemon finish.


Sambuca
Averna Sambuca Di Licorice - $9
Combination of star anise and licorice that produces an invigorating Sambuca.

Averna Sambuca Di Sicilia - $9
Natural spirits infused with Sicilian lemons and other natural fruits that introduce a fresh citrus taste.

Borghetti Sambuca - $9
Pure with a smooth palate and a soft finish.

Luxardo Sambuca Dei Cesari - $9
Clear, spicy, heavy anise aromas. A touch drier than expected, thick mouthfeel and a lingering finish of intense anise.

Sambuca Basilica Nera - $10
Italian liqueur flavored with anise, elderberries, sugar and a secret combination of herbs and spices giving a unique licorice taste.


Grappa
Batasiolo Grappa Barolo - $12
Apple blossoms and orange peel, the flavors continue to evolve well into the finish.

Batasiolo Grappa Moscato - $12
Full dry flavor, savory with considerable body, concentrated blend of citrus aromas, delicious.

Candolini Grappa Ruta - $9
Aromatized by infusion of oil from Ruto Plant and addition of Ruta twig that enhances digestive properties.

Castello Banfi Grappa - $10
Brunello di Montalcino, aromatic and complex with a long finish.

Fantinel Sup Grappa Refosco - $15
Refosco dal Peduncolo Rosso, concentrated fragrance with elegant palate and a fine amber color.

Fantinel Sup Grappa Tocai - $15
Friulano Tocai, a distinctive nose and a dry superior palate.

Marcati Grappa Colli Veneti - $8
Dry and intense, aromatic flavor of herbs and flowers, bright and fresh finish.

Michele Ciarlo Grappa Gavi - $18
A smooth, balanced grappa with elegant nutty and floral notes.

Michele Chiarlo Grappa Nebbiolo - $18
A smooth, balanced grappa with an earthy, slightly bitter almond quality.

Nonnino Grappa Lo Chardonnay - $16
A bouquet of bread crust, vanilla and pastry with subtle hints of chocolate and almonds.

Poli Grappa Sarpa Di Poli - $16
Delicate aromas of fresh herbs, mint, rose petals and geranium, rustic yet smooth with a generous finish that keeps giving.

Poli Grappa Torcolata - $20
Aromas of dates, dried apricots, raisin, honey and sweet spice, rich and persistent.


Brandy
Stock 84 Brandy - $9
Smooth and mellow flavors. It has a soft aroma with a very faint fruitiness.

Vecchia Romagna - $10
Full flavor with a very smooth, sweet finish.

Ue Di Decennale Brandy - $20
Light, floral with fruit notes; both fragrant and refreshing. 


Birra
Moretti - Draft $9 | Bottle $9 | Pitcher $22
Clean, bright golden, slightly hoppy with a hearty light flavor and a short clean finish.

La Rossa - Draft $9 | Bottle $9 | Pitcher $22
Key ingredient is hops; variety used is particularly aromatic, giving a characteristic bitter after taste and delicate fragrance to the beer.

Birra Amiata - Draft $12
Contessa Pale Ale 

Birra Amiata - Draft $12
Tuscan Chestnut Ale

La Nove - Draft $12

Tutto Gusto - Draft $10
Coffee Porter

Build Your Own Beer Flight - $18
Choice of any four.

Pour Quality
 
Above Average

Food
 
A "I've died and gone to Italian cuisine heaven" selection of meats, cheeses, pastas, desserts and more. They have changed their menu recently and instead of choosing items a la carte, you now choose from "Gusto Plates for 2 or more". Each selection consists of 3 different items, and prices for these plates run from $24-$29. Ouch. We liked it better when we could pick the individual items we wanted. No more ordering just cheese. There is also a selection of pastas, panini sandwiches and desserts. 

Atmosphere
 
Walk up to the heavy, dark wood doors and a friendly greeter will welcome you. If you want a table, you may have to wait, but if you want a drink at the bar you can go right inside. The Wine Cellar truly lives up to its name as it feels like you've actually gone down into a dark, old-fashioned cellar. Brown stucco walls with breakouts of brick accents add to the charm of the bar. Wraught iron candle holders can be found on the walls, as well as chandeliers with grape-shaped accents. The bar itself runs along the back wall with dark wood and shiny brass accents. No stools or chairs at the bar. There is a variety of seating options, from tables for 2-8, to high-tops to a comfy couch area with a real fireplace. There is a deli counter that houses the meats, cheeses and desserts. In the back corner of the cellar, there are 2 full wall height wine cabinets. The themeing is exceptional and Disney has taken it to another level. Once inside the cellar, you could easily forget you are in the middle of a theme park.





Review
 
We were able to stop by on the first day of operation, May 1, 2012 to do some research on this new bar. We ordered a glass of Moscato which was lightly sweet and crisp. We also tried the Americano cocktail (Campari, sweet vermouth, club soda with orange twist). A very bitter, sharp drink thanks to the Campari, but with a crisp citrusy orange spark at the end. Not a drink for every palette, but if you enjoy a drier, bitter liquor, give this a try.

We also tried an assortment of dishes to go with our drinks. We ordered the 3 Choices for $14 and chose: Bufala (Neapolitan style Mozzarella), Cacciatorini (Beef and pork, black pepper, garlic, spiced dry wine), and Robiola (Aromatic, tangy, cheese with a fruity finish). We also ordered the
Insalata di Mare Trapanese (Shrimp, squid, octopus, lemon, extra virgin olive oil) for $11. Our thoughts? Exquisite. Quite possibly some of the finest food we've had at Epcot yet, and even rivals other fine Italian restaurants in Orlando. This place isn't meant to be an option for a dinner, (you'd go broke filling up), but a great stop for an appetizer or dessert on your trip around the world. Overall, we highly recommend Tutto Gusto and can't wait to try more items. Look forward to more drink and small plates reviews to come in the future. 


Updated 1/13

Reader Comments (1)

We stopped by the wine bar last week and had some samples of the new craft beers. We didn't know what to get so the server picked two lights & two darks. I must say the Tuscan Chestnut Ale was disgusting!! My wife and I agreed on that. We asked the server to switch it which she grudging agreed to do. We also had the coffee port which my wife liked but I didn't care for. The lights were the two Morettis. The white and red tap hadles int he picture. I liked both of those. I think the other one we got to replace the chestnut ale was la rossa. I seem to remeber liking that one too. Just stay away from the Chestnut Ale!!

February 4, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbhunjp

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