Via Emilia by FOOD ROOTS

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49 reviews
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£25 and under
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Italian
After our first restaurant "In Parma by Food Roots" in Central London, we opened Via Emilia. Once upon a time an Italian guy proud to be from Emilia-Romagna region, up-north Italy, the region where the home-made egg pasta was originally invented, decided to create a whole restaurant using every single product, pasta recipe, beer and wine that come maniacally and exclusively from his region.
Covering the typical fresh pasta dishes from each Emilian city hand-made in front of you and following the original Grandma’s own recipe and maintaining an outstanding value.
Also Launching the real Gnocco Fritto in London, the typical gently-fried bread to enjoy with meat&cheese.
Offering just 40 covers, Via Emilia is intimate yet light and airy with its traditional white marble and dark stained wood. At 5 minutes walk from Old Street station and 10 from Liverpool Street
What 49 People Are Saying
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OT
London
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibes and food

AB
London
1 review
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The food is incredible, a completely authentic italian. Service was a little slow (very italian i should say!) but super accommodating of my huge party (9 of us) and recommended plates to share. Would definitely come back. I'm a proper italian foodie and can't believe i found this little gem!

f
London
15 reviews
Dined on 27 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

A great Italian restaurant quite intimate which is nice for date night! Food was good nice selection. Very happy 😊

EE
London
5 reviews
Dined on 22 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely brilliant!

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was in food heaven- loved it !

C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Place was a bit draughty, but... fantastic food... excellent quality... almost faultless!

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Authentic Italian food in a no-frill environment in the heart of Hoxton.

BT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Excellent value for freshly made pasta

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

The pasta is lovely, very fresh and tasty. I would also recommend the cheese and bread.
Then place is tiny, 3 people was put on a small table usually for 2 people.
Very busy and loud, so many people in a small restaurant.
The waiters were lovely, but kept forgetting our drink orders, possibly because they were too busy.

m
London
36 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Delicious, authentic food. Our large group had the set menu which went down very well. Service was great and they made us feel right at home.

N
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 April 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The food was of good quality and the prices are not expensive. However, the service could have been better and it was way to noisy in the restaurant. I could barely hear my partner speaking.

AD
London
1 review
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food is amazing. It is now our go to place for pasta! Definitely recommend

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Good but loud, no music

T
London
56 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great local gem. It would be good if the menu was to change from time to time

DH
London
303 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Very enjoyable tasty simple food with good flavour. Relaxed friendly but at the same time efficient service. Room is a bit dark and spartan. Happy to go again.

m
London
3 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2018
Overall 3food 5service 4ambience 2

Great pasta. But way too loud on Saturday evening. Like eating in a club. Go for the food not conversation.

T
London
56 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Food was not as good as the previous time I have been. Also it would be good if they were to change the menu sometimes to time

OT
London
14 reviews
Dined on 13 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

If you like pasta with a difference, it's a great find. A limited menu, but they really care about their food and that you enjoy the eating experience. Lovely!

TC
London
8 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Really delicious food, good service and really great value. Looking forward to going back.

Only downside was the fact that we were right next to the door, which opens out on to the street. So every time it opened we got blown out of it with the wind. We asked if they could move us but they couldn't.

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best pasta in town! Very authentic Italian recipe. Def come back again :)

O
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The handmade pasta is excellent, as is the fried bread. Our waiter was just the right degree of attentive and explained our choices very well.

KS
London
14 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Really amazing food and wine - a new favourite - have advised all my friends and family that this is a go to spot! Will be returning as this is happily in our neighbourhood!

D
Melbourne / VIC
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went to Via Emilia for a birthday celebration and it was lovely. Food was spot on, service was great and everything was reasonably priced. Would highly recommend.

L
London
5 reviews
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was there for my Birthday and we had a great time with my friends.
I highly recommend this lovely restaurant - the food was delicious and the staff very kind and friendly!

AS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual superb food and service.

VS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Stumbled upon this Hoxton Square restaurant and with no regrets. Hand made pastas and cheese from Emilia-Romagna region. Delicious.

OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great experience booking and organising a menu for a party of 11 diners. Never had to wait long for help.

ML
London
2 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 3

The food was delicious, small portions but the point is to share and try as many things as possible, we had the gnocco fritto (fried dough pillow) with a soft cheese to start and three pastas between two people. All of them were very good and the prices were not bad. All of that plus a beer was around £20pp. The only downsides were the seating, it's mainly stools which is not very comfortable, and the service was a bit overwhelming/overbearing. Even though I mentioned I had lived in the region the food was from, the waiter recited a memorised speech about the food to us, which was unnecessary. There was a bit too much talking from the waiter, it would be better if he asked if we had any questions, rather than recite things to us.

BP
1 review
Dined on 6 May 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal at Via Emilia, and made the right decision in following the staff recommendations: some delicious dishes - and a great wine - that were new to us. The short menu demonstrates a commitment to executing a limited number of dishes really well, with the result that even the simplest plates were full of flavour and interest. Highly recommended.

E
London
4 reviews
Dined on 22 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

It was great

AS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The quality, preparation and presentation of the food is fantastic and genuine! Wine selection is excellent for the Lambrusco and the staff very friendly, informal to the right degree and professional.

AS
London
7 reviews
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Fantastic food and very high value for money. Just a little too loud due to the place being small with many tables but it is absolutely acceptable as it helps to keep the prices right! The only suggestion is maybe to book for a late table if you are planning a romantic night out so there will be less people or maybe try on a week day instead of week ends.

Excellent choice of Lambrusco and absolutely you must try the gnocchi fritti with squaquerone and proper Parma ham!

EJ
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow this place is an amazing discovery of delicious beautiful food and incredible wine. Love the regionality of the menu - truely felt like we were in Emilia romagna in Italy. Lovely service - very friendly team. A joy.

J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 20 March 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 3

Pasta Pasta or Pasta
Good for that but no other choices on the menu.
Authentic from a northern region of Italy but small sharing portions gives the place a certain style. Low stools instead of Chairs makes the experience a little rushed and uncomfortable.
Not for a romantic meal.

HP
1 review
Dined on 24 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food. Very good value for money. Nice atmosphere ! WIll definitely come back!

A
London
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great little restaurant! Really simple menu of pasta and gnocchi but all done amazingly.

They were a bit swamped because it was valentines so the service wasn’t flawless but they said it was the busiest day since they opened - so it’s totally understandable, and they were really nice.

CN
London
5 reviews
Dined on 27 January 2018
Overall 5food 4service 2ambience 4

Really nice food from Emilia Romagna. The portions were generous and the lambrusco really good.

LE
London
51 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Non-cooked food such as cheese and a meat platter was great. One pasta dish was cold and the other one (tagliatelle al ragù) was distinctively average. What bothered us most, however, was the service. We were shown to a counter table upon arrival and when we expressed our discontent (as we had booked in advance), a waiter just said “it’s busy”. When we told the same guy about the cold pasta, he just said, “Really? No way!” He was friendly, but we just found him rather inexperienced. This place has a lot of potential and hope they will improve their service and quality of cooked food over time.

MP
London
1 review
Dined on 5 January 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Ottimo prezzo/qualità. Particolarmente buono il gnocco fritto con salumi (Coppa, crudo, salame ). Tortelli ricotta e spinaci buoni e tortelli di zucca più che buoni. Dolce poca scelta...ma un classico tiramisù che non delude mai. Vino un Lambrusco sorprendentemente buono.

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FT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2017
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

The fried bread appetizer is delicious

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