Chef-owner William Mattiello hails from Modena, near Bologna, the birthplace of tortellini, so his menu features the little ring-shaped pasta filled with pumpkin and served with sage-and-butter sauce, or giant-sized and stuffed with ricotta and spinach. Another regional specialty: gnocco frito, a shareable appetizer that lets diners make sandwiches from hot, airy bread pillows and a large plate of cured meats. Via Emilia’s interesting wine list has lots of lambrusco, a sweet, fizzy red that’s priced cheap and goes down easy.
|Venue name:||Via Emilia||Contact:|
47 E 21st St
|Cross street:||between Broadway and Park Ave South|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu noon–3pm, 5–11pm; Fri noon–3pm, 5–11:30pm; Sat 5–11:30pm|
|Transport:||Subway: 6 to 23rd St|
|Price:||Average main course: $11. Cash only|