47 E. 21st St., New York, NY, 10010
By pki on 2/14/2008
No longer than 3 days a place like this would survive in Italy. Food is almost inedible. (Although you could eat it if, you ask them to heat it up for you.) All in all one of the worst italian food we had in the city.
By bunnefufu on 3/2/2003
Every thing was so over salted. I sent back my main dish twice something I have never done. I could not belive that people were eating this food . I have been here 3 or 4 times before never thought it was great but it was ok for the area. sad not any more.
By marillahiltz on 12/4/2007
I hated the decor- the bands of bright color on the walls made it look like candyland. We tried the tortellini in brodo and the gnocco frito. The tortellini had a suprisingly tangy flavor but the suprise was muted by the murky chicken broth in which it was floating. The gnocco were good but I would have been happy with more prosciutto. The Chicken Tortelloni was awful. The tortelloni were dressed with truffle olive oil, which was diluted by an extra helping of pasta water on the plate. The tortelloni was filled with minced chicken, which reminded me more of a bad chinatown dumpling than anything else.
By nancydistler on 1/2/2003
The food is out of this world, especially the mushroom tortillini, but the the mannerism of the staff is not so great....the host is not friendly, but truthfully i just ingnored it becuase the food was so good. If you want a place to go with your girlfriends....this is the place. Great wine list and great prices!!!
By torsola on 3/11/2003
The food is savory and true to it's roots. I Loved it and will be back often.
By focaccia9 on 12/15/2005
I went in before the dinnertime rush so I had the whole place to myself. The service was quick and courteous and the food delicious especially the duck salad. The pumpkin tortelloni was interesting and sweet; quite good actually but I was craving something a little meatier so I think next time I'll order something along those lines. And you get good-sized portions for the money. Such a better experience than last week's disastrous trip to Le Zie, a restaurant purported to be of the same caliber. Not even CLOSE. I'll definitely be back!
By ScottK18 on 1/30/2006
The food is fresh and the menu eclectic. The salads integrate interesting mixes of fruits and cheeses. The lasagne is total comfort food. The pastas are fresh. Very cute and young wait staff -- they could perhaps relax a little bit and not rush to clean off plates (would make for a more relaxed atmosphere). Overall one of the best values in the city. Consistently excellent. Go early as they don't take reservations.
By jarret on 10/7/2008
I love Via Emilia. Just like Cafe Asean, I take all my friends there and they all fall in love. Clean, simple meals focusing on good ingredients -- just like in Italy. The simple pastas: pomodoro, ragu, etc. were all killer. Beautiful interior referencing Gerhard Richter, cute friendly waiters and a relaxed atmosphere only add to the dining experience. Go now! Plus Scores is next door so you can watch desperate men go in and leave which is always fun.
By bentobox on 5/9/2003
Wonderful appetizers, incredibly delicious lasagna and pastas and terrific desserts at a great price. I also love the selection of Lambruscos; something not seen frequently. In a sea of tepid restaurants, this is a gem. And you won't find a better value, just bring cash.
By mandlmania on 7/24/2003
It's a delight to have a REAL neighborhood restaurant in the midst of all the upscale, noisy bars/cafes. We've lived in the neighborhood 15 years and watched our "local" spots give way to flashy places with mediocre and/or expensive food. Via Emilia offers fabulous value for the $. My favorite is coteccino (sp?) with lentils as appetizer and tortelloni witih truffle sauce entree. Both are different, succulent, unusual and delicious. Lasagna is the best around; one night I had corn unlike any I have ever tasted. I also like it for a late lunch,while reading a book and eating a sandwish/salad for under $10. Best deal in town, at least for me. Anyone we've taken there has really liked it...and now we can eat an excellent meal in our own backyard. this is a delightful discovery...