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9 Reasons To Love Via Emilia 9

Chef Giancarlo at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Tortellin en brodo at Via Emilia 9, photo by lee kleinVia Emilia Owners, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Market at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Risotto at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Strawberry Tart at Via Emilia 9, photo by lee kleinIn The Kitchen at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Pasta At Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9Charcuterie At Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

I have written before about Via Emilia 9 (1120 15th Street, Miami Beach). Here are 9 reasons I’m writing about it again.

 

 

1. The husband/wife ownership team is as good as it gets: Chef Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori is one of Miami’s best Italian chefs, and Valentina is exemplary in running the dining room and putting the chef’s food into context for diners.

Via Emilia Owners, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

2. The context: Via Emilia 9 is named after the merchant road in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna that produces so many great foods (Parmigiano Reggiano, Prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar, truffles, tortellini, pumpkin ravioli, all manner of stuffed pastas)…

In The Kitchen at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

3. …and Bolognese sauce. It makes sense that the only Bologna-centric Italian restaurant would make a fantastic tagliatelle in Bolognese sauce. And a great polpette (meatballs) alla Bolognese. Plus the lasagna Bolognese ($15.90) is real good too.

Risotto at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

4. There’s an Italian market and an eat-in bar.

Market at Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

5. Via Emilia imports everything served except fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs (bread comes from the Vasalli Bakery in Ferrara, Italy).

Charcuterie At Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

6. Six words: Tortellini en brodo, the house specialty.

Tortellin en brodo at Via Emilia 9, photo by lee klein

7. Happy hour, 4 pm to 6:30 pm, with bottles of wine and “selezione di affettati e formaggi” at 50% off.

Pasta At Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9

8. The crostata di marmellata di fragile, also known as strawberry tart.

Strawberry Tart at Via Emilia 9, photo by lee klein

9. The ambiance is romantic in a simple, rustic way (more dimly lit at night than in daytime photo below). Valentine’s Day is fast approaching, no?

Via Emilia 9, photo courtesy Via Emilia 9