The Disney Parks Blog posted photos of the Grand Opening of the new Via Napoli restaurant at Epcot's Italy Pavilion. The Grand Opening celebration took place on August 5th, and guests have been able to dine since August 2nd. The Official Opening is still scheduled for September 10th, but the restaurant will be in soft openings until then.
On hand for the Grand Opening event were Dan Cockerell, vice president of Epcot; Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group (PRG), which operates Via Napoli; and Chef Joachim Splichal, founder of PRG and one of the most talented chefs on the American culinary scene. Other guests included Paul Bocuse, the French chef who opened Les Chefs de France at the Epcot France Pavilion. Architects, designers and others who created the light-filled restaurant were celebrating en masse.