Via Emilia
Via Emilia

Via Emilia

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.viaemilia.us/
  • Phone: 2125053072
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Wine Bar
  • Executive Chef: William Mattiello
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar/Lounge, Delivery, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering menu orders typically accommodate between 25-50 people. Larger groups may be served with advance notice.

Getting there

  • Public Transit: 23rd Street (6 Train), 14th Street-Union Square Station (N,Q,R,W Trains, L Train, 4,5,6 Trains)
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Street parking available. Via Emilia also shares the block with two pay-to-park lots with valet service.
A word from Via Emilia
For over 10 years, Via Emilia has been providing the Gramercy/ Flatiron neighborhoods with quality home-style Northern Italian cuisine. The authentic fare includes fresh-daily pastas, locally sourced vegetables and meats, as well as regional specialties like Modenese lasagna and Borlengo mountain bread. Our wine list focuses on Emilia-Romagnan wines, and boasts the largest selection of Lambruscos in the US. Whether you are looking to book a large party or an intimate dinner, Via Emilia can accommodate your needs.
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Via Emilia reviews from OpenTable diners
51 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.2
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (26)fit for foodies (18)good for groups (16)notable wine list (11)romantic (7)kid-friendly (5)special occasion (5)late-night find (4)great for lunch (2)great for outdoor dining (2)vibrant bar scene (1)great for brunch (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • Overpriced and Underwhelming
    DiningManVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Food was overpriced and nothing to write home about. Service was as cold as the food. Atmosphere was nice with art throughout the restaurant (all for sale). Like how they support local artists. Won't be going back.
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  • My favorite
    CarltonVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    This terrific little spot never disappoints. Had three simple dishes that all were prepared flawlessly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    The atmosphere is very casual. The service is very good. The food is very average. I had a balsamic salad that was 11 dollars and nothing special. The béchamel lasagna was very salty. We ordered many different wines, but couldn't find one that tasted right. Would not recommend.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • truly authentic modenese restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great gnocco fritto. Probably the only place in NYC where you can find borlengo.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • lmbc7
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Enjoyed a delicious meal here Saturday night. The gnocco fritto simply melt in your mouth…what a treat! The mussels Emiila were small and tender and I could have used another loaf of bread for the sauce they were floating in! My husband's lasagna was a wonderfully different version than any we have ever tasted and my fileto di pomodoro with handmade pasta was perfect! The food was fresh and so tasty. And the service was just right! AND the prices were just right too!! Highly recommend Via Emiia!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • Love Via Emilia!
    LoveViaEmilia
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We go to Via Emilia often, even though we live on the Upper West Side. It is our favorite Italian restaurant in NYC, and possibly our favorite restaurant overall! Delicious food, great service, lovely ambience - a great dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Creative Homemade pasta
    BAM17
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    The pasta here was terrific. I had a lemon and fig sauce over fresh made noodles that were light and flavorful. I have never had anything like it before. My companions all ended up having pasta as well after we saw the orders coming out of the kitchen. Not a scrap left on anyone's plate. And yes, the lasagna is THAT good. The prices were more than reasonable and the wine list offered a good selection and again, very reasonable. The service was attentive and helpful. The bonus was the booths in the back that were spacious and quiet. There are only about 5 of them but I would totally make sure, if you are in a group, you reserve a booth. We'll go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of Our Favorites
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Via Emilia never disappoints. It is one of our favorite restaurants. The tortellini in brodo is as good as any we've had in Italy. Overall, the menu is original and creative. Service is warm and friendly, especially when chef/owner William comes out of the kitchen to greet diners.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great choice!
    AllergiesAreAnnoying
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The first thing I noticed was that the walls were extremely brightly colored! I had seen pictures of the place, but seeing it in person made it much more intense! The food was of top quality and the perfect quantity. Our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, and offered recommendations. Everything was wonderful!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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  • Pasta dishes are fabulous
    NativeNYer
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Always a delight to eat here ... in terms of both food and service. In season, must eat his fig pasta dish. Fresh & light; very satisfying. Meal is enhanced by very attentive and pleasant servers.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Great neighborhood place. Authentic Italian food and wine from Modena. The owner, William could not be more helpful and congenial. Reasonably priced.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Real Italian restaurant
    MirkoBMedolla
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    The quality level of the food is vey high. In that restaurant I have found the real taste of the Emilia Romagna region cuisine, Parma ham, Balsamic vinegar, lasagne, Tortellini, Tigelle and gnocchi fritti (fried flat bread) that you can tast with salami, Mortadella ,... and Parmiggiano Reggiano chese. The red sparkling win , Lambrusco complete the experiance to taste a real North Italy cuisine.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Not what I thought it would be
    BorlengoGirl21
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    No area in the restaurant has internet service, so if you want to look up your dish online before ordering it you better do that before going to the restaurant. I went there once last year and had some very interesting bread(borlengo), however when I asked the waiter and described it to him he still brought me the completely wrong (and cold) bread. They emphasize that most of their pasta is made on the premises, but it all tasted extremely generic. I ordered the spinach pasta and while it was so romantically described on the menu, it tasted more like a supermarket brand. A member in our party had lasagna and described it as way too salty, as were the french fries that came with the steak. Overall it was edible, but meh, nothing special.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always Great!
    LauraB
    Dined on 7/1/2014
    I love this place. The food is great the service is good, nice wine list. The dining room is not cramped. They don't rush you at all. It is consistently a very nice experience. The recently changed the menu, but kept my favorite, the ragu! I keep coming back to Via Emilia time after time!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very good
    Pearl
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Very good northern italian food, good and pleasant service, and very helpful chef who made me feel very welcome!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden Gem
    ECCT
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    Great small restaurant tucked away near Union Square. Food is excellent and it has a clean, simple decor. I went with a group and we all loved our food. This will be on my short list of go to restaurants in the city.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Arturo
    aserranor
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    We went there as we were looking for a place in the Iron Building District and we found this one on open table, and we liked it a lot, both the food, ambience and the service was great. We would go again.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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  • Good every time
    CarltonVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Love this place. They always have interesting specials and the regular menu items are all solid.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Food from Modena, Italy
    WestVIP
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    This is one of our favorite neighborhood restaurants. The food quality is consistently excellent - and only 13 blocks from our apartment - well worth that short walk. Best selection of Lambrusco's in Manhattan.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious
    NJsis
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    This was our second time dining at Via Emilia, both times with at least six people in our party. No one was disappointed with the meal he/she ordered, we all loved the food. I don't usually go out for Italian food, frankly, but have chosen to go to Via Emilia twice, and will return in the future.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 31 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 86 reviews are from the Via Emilia reviews archive.
  • awesome
    unhapppy
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great food and incredible wine. Get the tortellini or the lasagna or the pork or veal, or just get it ALL. The restaurant staff is friendly
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner
    CarltonVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    Love this place. Right in the neighborhood and has terrific food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • NicknameVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Very good Italian cuisine via Modena at modest prices. A meal at Via Emilia isn't fussy or luxurious, but with cooking this good, who cares?
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  • Great meal and service
    Bernie
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    I've been here twice in the past month, once on a date and once with friends, and both nights were super fun with great food. The service here is attentive but not pushy, the staff knows their wine list, and all in all it's a great place to eat.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Genuine food from Italy!
    Chicca
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The food at Via Emilia is genuinely Italian and more specifically of the Emilia region. The service is excellent and the experience really nice. Real tastes from Italy! Don't miss it if you want to eat real Italian food.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Unpretentious
    PomodoroVIP
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    The lighting is a little too bright and the design of the place is rather spartan and uninteresting but the food is fresh, homemade and generous at very reasonable prices. The wine list is rather limited and could use a wider selection. Given its location in a rather, non neighborhood, it's rarely packed so you can enjoy a conversation over dinner without having to shout over the table as in many nyc restaurants. A good choice if not a particularly romantic venue.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Loved it
    Jillian
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    Went there last Saturday, great food, great serving, would go there again!
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Spring Break.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    My friend and I traveled to NYC for our spring break this year. While looking for places for a nice dinner we stumbled upon Via Emilia. All the reviews were good and the price was right so we made reservations. We were definitely not disappointed. The food was great and the restaurant was so adorable! I would totally come here again next time I'm in NYC.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Late-Night Find, Notable Wine List
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  • Always yummy
    TTHope
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    True neighborhood gem. Food is consistently delicious. The menu is interesting but authentic-at reasonable prices. Not your run of the mill "Italian".
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Blissfully quiet when there are few diners--probably not if there's a crowd.
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    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Hidden away, great find
    ahk330VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    Saw a review on this place before and my love for Italian food had me going here one night. The portions are huge and everything was so filing. One thing was that the food was a bit salty, my boyfriend and I were downing water for the whole night. We'll definitely be back to try other things on the menu
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service slow
    Lunch
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    For a restaurant that was not at all crowded, service was very slow.
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    special occasion
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  • We love Via Emilia!
    LoveViaEmilia
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    This is one of our favorite restaurants in NYC. Great food and wine, great service. Warm, friendly chef/owner William is a wonderful person, and very accommodating to his patrons. Highly recommend Via Emilia!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • No go, again
    AnticatVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Via Emilia used to be a cheerful place on Park Avenue at about 19th Street. Since it moved to the side street (21st) we've tried it a few times, always hoping to get back to the original, when we sat at wooden tables, paid in cash, and ate excellent food. Now it is all cast in darkness, and the lit part of the décor seems to be taken from a public restroom. The service is ok., though basic (reaching across one diner to plonk the plate in front of the other) and the food itself is so unremarkable that you trend to get bored halfway through and stop eating. Not recommended.
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  • The manager was very accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    The manager was very accommodating about the fact that we were 1/2 hour late on our reservation (traffic problems). All the dishes were good, and the spaghetti neri and spaghetti al frutte di mare were particularly tasty,
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    CarltonVIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    Love this little spot. Torn about saying how good it is and risking it getting even more crowded than it already is.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic piece of Emilia in NY
    Pepenero
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    This place has the only lasagna I would ever order in NY. The staff is super nice and the place feels trendy, new, and vibrant. I love it and come back every time I have to choose an Italian restaurant in the city, as I am often asked to do since I am from Italy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    NYer
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    We went on a Friday night and had a great experience. We have high standards, and we really enjoyed our food. Also, the noise level is quiet to moderate, so our party of three could converse easily and pleasantly without having to strain. We've been to Via Emilia twice now, and both times were great!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistently Great Food and Service
    PhilCVIP
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    If you are looking for a new Italian restaurant to try give Via Emilia a chance. Every item on the menu is a delightful dining adventure, and if you are afraid to try a new dish, don't be. We've never had an entre that disappointed. Special treats: the lasagna is unique and one of the most raved about, based, as many dishes are, on Modenese recipes. Another favorite of ours is the smoked salmon farfalle in cream sauce with asparagus. For dessert try the key lime tiramasu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food, less intimiate decor
    Jamie2499VIP
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    The layout of the restaurant was less intimate and more industrial modern which almost makes the place appear to be more empty than it is. The food was definitely good though, and I enjoyed the ravioli with goat cheese & sundried tomato. However I'm in no rush to go back again next week.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.