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Via Emilia 9



Name: Pamela Egan 
Occupation: Business Owner
Lives In: Palm Beach Gardens
Restaurant Pick: Pelican Cafe
Reviewed: Via Emilia 9

I absolutely loved this restaurant and atmosphere, it is my kind of place, I would go again by myself, however I love to share the experience with my friends and family. I was on my phone taking pictures and sending them to my sisters in South Carolina a Maryland. The trip to Miami was so comfortable and easy, the uber ride to the front of the restaurant and walking in the waitress greeted me right away and new who I was that I placed the reservation. The lunch special is so reasonable, and the food and portion sizes are perfect. Love the wine selection and then to top it off the amazing dessert oh my gosh, the gentleman brought out on a plate an adorable looked like a short mason jar with the gelato and on the side a small Baldetti with espresso and I slowly poured the espresso over the gelato and it was just amazing! I could have stayed longer but I had to catch my train back to West Palm Beach The overall experience was amazing!

Name: Patricia Stauber 
Occupation: Psychotherapist
Lives In: Aventura
Restaurant Pick: Via Emilia 9
Reviewed: Via Emilia 9

Authentic Italian cuisine, all dishes and spices were very fresh, all homemade pasta, basics sucj as bread, olive oil, wine! Excellent! A very varied selection of dishes, this restaurant would be greatly appreciated by any lover of Italian food, it’s a low key, unpretentious Italian restaurant. Their dessert was unexpectedly divine!!

Name: Michael Masciale 
Occupation: Software Engineer
Lives In: Boca Raton
Restaurant Pick: Nori, Boca Raton
Reviewed: Via Emilia 9

From the hotel we took a nice walk up Lincoln Road, made an awesome purchase at Britto work of art (our first) and walked to the restaurant. All ecstatic from how this mini weekend vacation was starting, we entered Via Emilia 9 with high hopes. We were immediately greeted by someone although very nice was not really sure what we were saying, and we were passed off to the head waiter. He graciously sat us in a room off to the right side at a table in the middle of the room. The room was very nice, old rustic Italian. Wood block table and chairs. The chairs were not comfortable at all. I liked the plates and silverware and the cloth napkins. I found the restaurant to have a very homey feeling. Water was provided quickly, and menus given to us. The waiter was knowledgeable of the menu and helped me decided what I wanted since I am a vegetarian. Some of the dishes that I felt I could not have I inquired about for I was puzzled based on the description what made it not vegetarian. Apparently, meat or pork was put into dishes and - although not stated in the description of the dish – they were in them. So I was very grateful for the little leaf or animal head next to the dishes letting you know what was vegetarian and what wasn’t. That is a big plus. Please note that the menu has no fish whatsoever on it. While ordering I asked if they could turn up the air conditioning at which time I was told it was broken. Uh oh! After we ordered we were presented with a brown bag. It was just left on the table by the person we originally tried to speak to when we first arrived at this location without saying a word. I had no idea what it was. Was it a present? Was it someone else’s leftovers? Was it my lunch for work on Monday? A small brown paper bag sat on our table. We looked at each other and I gingerly, every so lightly and gently opened the bag to find small slices of a round bread. Bread in a bag, well that’s a new concept or more likely an old concept that has gone by the wayside except at this location. Our appetizer showed up and it looked beautiful. Amazingly thinly sliced eggplant flowered out on a large plate with beautiful tiny bright red cherry tomatoes. What was more amazing was that there was zero flavor other than the raw taste of the eggplant. There was a slight hint if you tried real hard to taste salt/pepper and possibly olive oil. We both tried it and then I said hold on. I took the balsamic vinegar and olive oil that was on the table and sprinkled it over the dish, a little salt and pepper and mangia. So that dish obviously did not go over well. The waiter came over and asked if we did not like it based on how much was left and what I did to it for it did not look like it looked when he brought it to us. We both said, no it was okay but he knew. My vegetable flatbread was brought and my wife’s chicken dish. Again, we both looked at each other. My dish was basically a sandwich cut in half and each half was placed on top of a napkin. I have never ever seen flatbread served like that. Like a magician I pulled the paper out from the bottom of each half of the sandwich without moving the sandwich. I took the top of the sandwich bread off to see a number of vegetables thinly sliced, possibly roasted in some type of marinade. Once again lacking flavor. I picked a bit at the vegetables, picked a bit at the flatbread/pita/panini bread whatever kind of bread it was and left about 75% of it on my plate. My attention turned to my wife who was sort of swimming her fork through her dish. There were large chunks of chicken among a mass of grey goop. It did not look good, it did not taste good and after a few bites it went to wherever dishes go that customer are not happy with. The waiter came back and looked at the plates and looked at us and said “you did not like it?” We said, no it was okay just not what we thought it would be, we weren’t really hungry, it wasn’t all that bad, no we will skip desert, can we have the check please. He knew enough not to ask if we wanted the leftovers to go. Yeah, to go to the garbage. Upon his return he apologized and noted that he did not charge us for the Carpaccio dish and gave I believe a 25% discount on the bill or something like that. It was super nice of him. I told him it was very nice of him to do this and to please note I had no issue paying the bill in full and it was not necessary but greatly appreciated. By this time we were melting from not having any air conditioning and we could not pay the bill any faster (and gave the waiter a generous tip because we felt so bad and he was so nice). We couldn’t leave fast enough to get out into what seemed like cooler outside climate. So in summary, maybe we ordered the wrong things for our taste but from a scale of 1-10 I give it about a, forget it, I can’t rate it without feeling bad. Let’s just say I am not sure how this was a person’s pick to review as their favorite spot. I truly wish I had a better experience. But again, the parking was great ?

Restaurant Information

Location: : 1120 15th Street Miami, Beach, FL 33139
Phone: : (786) 216-7150
Restaurant Owners: Valentina
Executive Chef:
Pastry Chef:

Type of Cuisine: Authentic Northern Italian cuisine
Signature Dishes: Homemade Gnocchi, fresh seafood, variety of pastas
Vegetarian Options: Yes
Alcohol Served: Yes
Corkage Fee: N/A
Bottle Limit: N/A

Restaurant Hours: 
Monday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM 
Tuesday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM 
Wednesday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM 

Thursday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM 
Friday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM 
Saturday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM 
Sunday – 11:00AM- 11:00PM

Meals Served: Lunch and dinner
Prix Fix Menu:
Take-Out: Yes
Delivery: Yes
Average Dinner Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $55
Average Lunch Price Range (per person, full meal, tax, 20% gratuity, w/o alcohol): $45
Payment Options: do you accept credit cards and if so, which ones? Yes, all major credit cards
Accept Reservations: Yes
Need Reservations: No
How far in advance do you require reservations be made: Day of

Accommodations for Children: Yes
Dining Style: Casual
Disabled Access: Yes
Restaurant Size:
Accommodate Groups: Yes
Private Dining Room: Yes
Tables with Scenic Views: Yes
Outdoor Dining: Yes
Entertainment: Yes