Sunday, December 17

Via Emilia in Houston, Texas: A Brief Overview

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Via Emilia is an Italian restaurant located in the north side of the city, in the Champions area; the restaurant in 2010 just celebrated its 10th anniversary of their opening. The name of the restaurant comes from the name of a street in Modena, Italy, and the owners of the place are from Ravenna a city in the Emilia-Romagna region on the northeast side of the peninsula.

The restaurant décor is simple with white linen tablecloth and light green chairs, which gives a touch of elegance to the atmosphere of the restaurant.

 The prices of the restaurant are a little on the high side on some of the dishes and average  pricing on others, especially for the location that they are in, so they get a B- on that. The service is good and fast and the waitstaff always have a smile on their face so they get an A.

For appetizer you can order the shrimp Bertinoro which are jumbo shrimp sautéed in a whiskey cream sauce for $14, or the fried zucchini gorgonzola which come topped with gorgonzola cheese for $8, or get the cold appetizer prosciutto, mozzarella and tomatoes which comes drizzled with olive oil for $13.

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For their main entrées such as the pasta section go for the penne all’arrabiata (especially if you like spicy food) which comes with a tomato sauce with hot pepper for $11, or the spaghetti alla puttanesca which have capers, anchovies, black olives and fresh tomato sauce for $12, or stick with the classic lasagna for $12. The pasta comes out hot and “al dente” and the sauces all taste fresh and therefore it gets an A-.

For their second entrées go with the vitello osso buco, which is veal shank and comes served with risotto for $27, and the meat comes really tender, or order the filet mignon which comes with rosemary and olive oil for $32. If you prefer seafood then go with the cacerola di frutti di mare which is a blend of shrimp, squid, clams, mussels and scallops in a tomato sauce for $32 or even the salmon con salsa d’aglio (garlic sauce) and the fish comes with capers for $22. The second entrées get a solid B.

The hours of operations of the restaurant are Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. for lunch and 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. for dinner and Saturday from 58 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. and it is located at 3731 FM 1960 road West 


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