Grand opening ceremony

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VIA NAPOLI: (L-R) Mickey Mouse; Dan Cockerell, Vice President of Epcot; Clay Shoemaker, Walt Disney World Ambassador; Nick Valenti, CEO of Patina Restaurant Group; Joachim Splichal, Founder and Chairman of Patina Restaurant Group; and Minnie Mouse celebrate Aug. 5, 2010 during the grand opening of Via Napoli in the Italy pavilion at Epcot World Showcase. Via Napoli, operated by Patina Restaurant Group, features wood-burning ovens – and will use water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy, home of some of the world’s best pizza dough. The 300-seat pizzeria features a menu inspired by the famous pizzerias of southern Italy. The menu also features pastas, salads, sandwiches and Italian wines. (Gene Duncan, photographer)
VIA NAPOLI: Executive Chef Charlie Restivo poses with Mickey Mouse and a special Mickey-shaped pizza Aug. 5, 2010 during the grand opening of the authentic Neapolitan pizzeria in the Italy pavilion at Epcot World Showcase. Via Napoli, operated by Patina Restaurant Group, features wood-burning ovens – and will use water from a source that most resembles the water in Naples, Italy, home of some of the world’s best pizza dough. The 300-seat pizzeria features a menu inspired by the famous pizzerias of southern Italy. The menu also features pastas, salads, sandwiches and Italian wines. (Gene Duncan, photographer)

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