Critic’s Notebook: Do the new wood-fired ovens make a difference for the pizza at Naples Ristorante at Downtown Disney?

Brad A. Johnson revisits Naples at Downtown Disney to see how the restaurant’s brand new wood-fired ovens have impacted one of his favorite pepperoni pizzas.
Brad A. Johnson • Orange County Register • January 31, 2019
Downtown Disney’s Naples Ristorante recently emerged from extensive renovations that saw not merely the installation of completely revamped decor but also a brand new kitchen. Most notably: brand new wood-fired ovens. Naples has always promoted...
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