Over the past month, two-year-old South Beach Italian eatery Via Emilia 9 has gotten a face-lift. The traditional Italian restaurant's new additions feature an open kitchen, an expanded market with Italian goods for sale, an eat-in bar, and a dedicated pasta making station, where guests can watch its executive chef Giancarlo "Wendy" Cacciatori hand roll a variety of pastas and raviolis daily.
Via Emilia 9 owners, Cacciatori and his wife Valentina, tell Eater that they decided to open up the space to give diners a look into the daily workings of an Italian kitchen. Along with the new additions, the restaurant’s existing counter top and kitchen space was expanded, frosted glass was added on the bottom half of the street facing windows, and new tables and chairs helped update the dining room.
The menu remains similar to what it was before the renovations, with traditional fare from the Italian regions of both Bologna and Modena like housemade pastas, charcuterie boards, and flat-breads. Via Emilia 9 is located on 1120 15th Street in Miami Beach and is open daily from 11 a.m. until 11 p.m. for both lunch and dinner and brunch on weekends. Call 786-216-7150 for more info.