About Via Emilia

For over 20 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.

47 E. 21st Street
New York, NY 10010
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Italian, Wine Bar

Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 2:30 pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 505-3072

Website:
http://www.viaemilia.us/

Catering:
Catering menu orders typically accommodate between 25-50 people. Larger groups may be served with advance notice.

Parking Details:
Street parking available. Via Emilia also shares the block with two pay-to-park lots with valet service.

Public Transit:
23rd Street (6 Train), 14th Street-Union Square Station (N,Q,R,W Trains, L Train, 4,5,6 Trains)

Executive Chef:
William Mattiello

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, Beer, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Via Emilia Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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4.2

service

4.5

ambience

4.1

value

4.2

Noise

Quiet

76% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (5)
Neighborhood Gem (4)
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Cozy (3)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Good for Groups (3)
Quiet Conversation (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Business Meals (2)
Casual (2)
Kid-friendly (2)
Good for a Date (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Romantic (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Fun (1)
Healthy (1)
Seasonal (1)
Special Occasion (1)
Sunday Lunch (1)
Good Vegetarian Options (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

We live nearby, but this was our first time eating here. It was 7:30 on a Friday night but it was not busy, so the service was great but lacked any buzz or ambience. Lots of pasta choices - I had the lasagne and my wife had the tagliatelle. Both were good comfort food, but nothing special. $108 for 2 including a bottle of OK Chianti, so not expensive, but not inexpensive for what was a fairly basic dining experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Another excellent dinner with friends. Great food and good service. Too bad the noise level was deafening Beyond deafening! Maybe during the week is a better choice.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

The food is good, the prices are affordable. They give you a basket or two of warm focaccia to start, which is great. The fried gnocco is delicious, the pastas are fine. But the service, in an almost empty restaurant, was so indifferent as to seem rude. The waiter takes the drinks order only from two people out of a table of six, never brings cheese for the pasta, people have to flag him down to order individual drinks; it does not occur to him to ask everybody at the table if they need anything else. Via Emilia is reliable and affordable and perfect if you don't want to scream your head off. It's really a pity about the service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Extremely disappointing experience. .. The food was terrible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

We had evening plan, so we here there for an early dinner. The restaurant was starting o fill up shortly before we left.....and it was getting a little noiiser... but I do;t know what the noise level would be if the restaurant was full.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Delicious food lovingly prepared. I think that any dish you have will be a winner. Friendly low keyed atmosphere. Generous portions. Interesting wines.
I love it here.

Tags: Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Highly enjoyable place. Nice music background. Lovely waiters. Clean, fresh place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Healthy, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea
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·Dined on August 1, 2017

I go here every view months with friends. It's a great place. Food is excellent. Waiter is friendly and professional. The owner is also really nice.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

One of my very favorite places
Been going for years

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 23, 2017

As always, the food is amazing. True modenese cuisine. A must: lasagne, borlengo, spongata!!! Oh hell, try them all, the entire menu is fantastic. Also, great Lambrusco wine! Can't wait until my next visit.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Authentic, Business Meals, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Always a favorite; friendly service; fresh ingredients; excellent pastas.

Tags: Good for Groups, Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 29, 2017

Excellent hand-made Italian dishes. Fabulous sauces. Attentive service. Very good lunch/dinner value.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Comfort Food
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 (Nashville)·Dined on June 21, 2017

Visited here based on a recommendation from a business associate.
Don't bother. This food was underwhelming in every way. We ordered a wide variety across 7 in our party. There are nothing to report as a highlight from the meal. We rated all dishes less than average. An appetizer described on the menu as Gnocchi arrived at the table unrecognizable to the entire party. The pasta dishes were not trendy nor simple nor traditional.
In a city full of choices, Skip it......you aren't missing a thing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We celebrated our daughter's birthday; The food was amazing, and the service was outstanding. Our server/host Claudia was just delightful.
I love this restaurant ...it will be our new go to Italian restaurant.

Everything was perfect.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food
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vip
 (London)·Dined on June 21, 2017

We routinely eat at Via Emilia. Food is delicious always. The specials consistently surprise and delight in their variety and complexity of flavor. Service is always courteous and attentive even on the busiest nights.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

We told our friends visiting from Italy to meet us there since my husband, Mauro De Trizio, shot a movie there a few years ago with the owner. Great, great entrees, desserts, etc. Authentic food from Modena. Go there. It's excellent.

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 6, 2017

Poor quality food and expensive!
The food was far to be a good Italian meal..
And I am Italian, I know my food well.

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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on June 3, 2017

Nice spur of the moment dinner made possible by OpenTable app. I tend to make reservations on the fly as we are heading out the door. Lobster ravioli was wonderful as usual. Other guests had salmon and veal. All were delicious. Large wine list. All good.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Just ok. The location is good and the service was great but the food was nothing to write home about. Had no problem getting a table though for 7:30 on a Saturday night.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 11, 2017

A find in my neighborhood! I've passed it many times but never considered it until now. Much better than I expected. THX. Very pretty Room with tables nicely spaced. Excellent service. I'll be back. Possibly host a special birthday party here!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 9, 2017

Food was excellent. Service was good without being intrusive. My favorite Italian in the city.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 21, 2017

Took a friend for a birthday dinner. She is vegan, I am not. We were both able to find menu selections that were tasty and satisfying. Lasagna was very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on April 19, 2017

Terrific food at amazingly reasonable prices.

Service a bit scattered but endearing.

We will definitely return. Many times.

Tags: Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

the food and prices were OK, not remarkable. We enjoyed the sixties music on the sound track, played low enough that we could easily converse. Main course took a bit longer than it should have to arrive. Waiter was exceptionally helpful in figuring out our bill as though he had done separate checks.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 11, 2017

If you like Italian this is a must. If you know enough to like Modenese Italian then you can't miss. The lasagna is off the charts. If he has grilled meats don't order anything else! Great basic Italian recipes and a great emphasis on regionality. Try anything with the aged balsamic and try the spongata- a recipe from medeival times!

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Was a bit disappointed with my favorite dish the pumpkin tortelloni, in the past the pasta was thinner and melted in your mouth, this time I found it a bit undercooked and the pasta part way too thick. Still a great atmosphere and love the Lambrussco wine!

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (Denver)·Dined on March 28, 2017

Outstanding food and service

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 23, 2017

The homemade pasta was fantastic! Everything was delicious. The server was wonderful and had many spot one suggestions. Thanks for a wonderful lunch!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 10, 2017

Always reliable and delicious dinners. Our family always looks forward to visits to via emilia

Tags: Outstanding Value, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Nice place, kind people! Perfect for every type of occasion! And the food is like at home in Italy! So everybody should try this restaurant!

Tags: Romantic, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Organic, Sunday Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 14, 2017

Good food and nice staff Not too noisy and good location

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vip
 (Savannah)·Dined on February 13, 2017

I work in the neighboorhood and have been coming to via Emilia for years. The Italian food is regional and delicious !

Tags: Outstanding Value, Authentic, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Cozy, Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2017

Love Via Emilia - great food in a warm and inviting atmosphere. Lots of great pastas to choose from and everything comes out piping hot and tasting fresh. Would highly recommend.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 4, 2017

The best lasagna outside of Italy, and fabulous Lambrusco. Very friendly owner. Wonderful experience.

Tags: Notable Wine List, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Quick Bite, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2016

Food was exquisite as always, fresh pasta and ingredients well prepared and presented. Service was attentive and pleasant but not intrusive. A mainstay in the Flatiron district.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2016

Via Emilia is a good spot. Very good food and the price is not too bad. The modern décor is pleasing. The only slight ding is that the service was a bit slow and indifferent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2016

A mediocre experience. Service was lousy. Had to go find the waitress to ask for the bill after we had already asked and apparently she forgot. Food was good and prices ver reasonable. Ambiance could use enhancement. Probably wouldn't return with so many other good Italian places in the neighborhood.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 22, 2016

The most flavorful mushroom risotto I have ever had. Could eat the warm almond cookies and sorbet every night. The staff is great - so welcoming.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on November 5, 2016

Food was okay - not great and salty. The bigger issue was the service! Took us 3 hours to finish a normal meal only because the service was so slow! They were very slow to even initially stop by to get our drinks and appetizer order. And the waiter didn't return for our dinner order until after we had already finished all the appetizers. Very slow to get the check too. Even after we asked the waiter for our check we waited another 20 minutes to finally receive it.

I would not recommend this restaurant to anyone - just not worth it for the slow service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2016

味よしサービスよし値段よしでした
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