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.
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)…
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.
4. There’s an Italian market and an eat-in bar.
5. Via Emilia imports everything served except fruits, vegetables, flour and eggs (bread comes from the Vasalli Bakery in Ferrara, Italy).
6. Six words: Tortellini en brodo, the house specialty.
7. Happy hour, 4 pm to 6:30 pm, with bottles of wine and “selezione di affettati e formaggi” at 50% off.
8. The crostata di marmellata di fragile, also known as strawberry tart.
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?