Via Emilia by FOOD ROOTS

4.5
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66 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 66 People Are Saying
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GI
London
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Amazing Starter, hams and cheese... pasta not as good.
Good service

JF
London
5 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great food. Good service. It was very quiet but it was a Wednesday lunchtime

VS
London
2 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favourite Italian restaurant in London. The best fresh and tasty pasta.

j
London
27 reviews
Dined on 13 February 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Great find, good food and attentive service. Tables a bit too close together, but given the relatively small restaurant understandable.
Three ladies of a certain age, found we only needed one pasta dish per person more than met our needs. Great value for money

J
London
2 reviews
Dined on 4 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great pasta, reasonable price and nice service! Liked the fact menu and wine list is short and excellent. Will definitely be returning. Not a place if you want to linger and have peace and quiet..but if you want quick, utterly delicious pasta at a good price, this is the place!

GK
London
1 review
Dined on 2 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely little find. Small menu but creative and delicious options for vegetarians were great. Definitely I would recommend this restaurant to family and friends. Excellent value for money. 5 stars 🌟

LV
Chicago
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great homemade Italian pastas. Cheeses with puff bread and wine was great to start too

JB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing food, tastes like Italy. Great value for money.

KE
1 review
Dined on 17 January 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Very bland pasta, overall poor food experience, would not recommend

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 8 January 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Insane food and kind waitresses

N
London
5 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Food was great. The service could be much better. We were forced out of our table after 1.5 hours which I think is unfair policy for restaurants to have.

M
London
5 reviews
Dined on 10 December 2019
Overall3food4service3ambience2

Lovely food, reminds me very much of what I ate when I worked in Emilia Romagna in the 1990s, but served on cramped tables with a compulsory 90 minute turnover time. An introduction to the glories of Northern Italian cooking for those with a short attention span.

SW
London
7 reviews
Dined on 18 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice little restaurant, friendly, helpful staff and fantastic food.

TC
London
9 reviews
Dined on 15 November 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Still one of my favourite places to eat in all of London

f
London
16 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All dishes are delicious and filling. Proper Italian food at best. A small place and best to make advanced reservation. Will definitely go back again

OT
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant, very cosy and chilled atmosphere. Highly recommend the Cacio e Pepe and the tiramisu (I had 4 lol), thanks Daniela for the great service!

PM
London
1 review
Dined on 21 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is an outstanding, authentic Italian restaurant. Since first visiting we have returned with many different friends and they are always blown away by the wonderful food, great service, lovely wines, ambiance and the value. I can't recommend Via Emilia more highly...it is without doubt my favourite restaurant in London right now. Book and go!!!

OT
London
1 review
Dined on 11 October 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great vibes and food

AB
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely brilliant!

OT
Oxford
1 review
Dined on 9 July 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I was in food heaven- loved it !

C
London
3 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

OT
London
9 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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

BT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent value for freshly made pasta

W
London
4 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

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
37 reviews
Dined on 16 May 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

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
Overall3food4service2ambience2

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

OT
Brighton
1 review
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Good but loud, no music

T
London
63 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

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

DH
London
306 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

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
Overall3food5service4ambience2

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

T
London
63 reviews
Dined on 1 November 2018
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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
9 reviews
Dined on 6 October 2018
Overall4food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

O
Cambridge
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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
Overall5food5service5ambience3

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
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.