If you are in the mood for a grand Italian experience, then look no further! This adorable, simple, yet romantic Italian restaurant is located in Midtown Miami. It has a delightful garden outside where they have a wonderful seating area, or you may choose to sit indoors. This restaurant’s highlights vary from more than a dozen fresh made pastas to a variety of fillings and sauces. These delicate dishes are made by the chef and owner, Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori. His idea was to create dishes based on some of the most iconic Italian foods while traveling the Via Emilia, including Bologna, Modena, and Parma.
When my guest and I arrived at Via Emilia Garden, we were welcomed by the hostess and were seated at our table. Our waiter promptly set a glass of water for each of us, bread, and menus. We couldn’t wait to dig in to their simple but impressive Carpaccio di Polopo, a carpaccio with thinly sliced octopus along with arugula, olive oil, and cherry tomatoes. Next, we had the Capellacci di Zucca al Burro e Salvia, which is hand-rolled and stuffed pasta filled with pumpkin, then tossed with butter and sage. It tasted like fall with the warm smooth pumpkin texture and the earthy savor of the butter and sage sauce. The chef exceeded my expectations and I can safely say this is now my favorite pasta dish!
Once we finished our rich-flavored meal, we were ready to glance through their dessert menu, which offers many desserts such as Crema della Nona, a caramelized custard cream, and Crostata di Fragole, a homemade strawberry tarte. It was a difficult decision to make since we really enjoy dessert, but we opted for the traditional Tiramisu, which consists of layers mostly of cream, along with coffee-soaked Savoiardi ladyfingers. We accompanied this creamy dessert with a cup of cappuccino, which satisfied our sweet cravings. We will definitely be coming back to try more dishes and more desserts!
3500 N. MIAMI AVE., MIAMI | viaemiliagarden.com
By Vanessa C. Guzman