South Floridians have so many choices for handmade pasta, especially in Miami Beach, that it makes Via Emilia 9's recently announced expansion all the more significant.
The restaurant, at 1120 15th St., which earned a 3-star (Very Good) Miami Herald review last January, will expand into the space next door, where it will sell imported delicacies (think prosciutto di Parma and wheels of Parmagiano Reggiano) as well as house-cured meats, its owner said. The meats will hang in a walk-in cooler, where customers can choose what they would like to have sliced and served.
The pasta-making station by the window, a curiosity on its own, will also be made more of a focal point when the expansion is complete this spring, chef Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori said.
And it won't just be expanding on South Beach.
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Cacciatori said he will open a sister restaurant in the Tribeca area of New York to be called Nonna Beppa, in honor of the grandmother who taught him to cook. He and his wife, Valentina, will commute between locations, but the staff will all be trained in Miami.
Cacciatori left his restaurants in the Emilia Romagna region in northern Italy for his family to run, and he moved to South Beach with his wife about three years ago to open Via Emilia 9. All the dishes are made with ingredients imported from the region of Italy.
“We hope New York City will welcome us and give as many joys as Miami has,” Cacciatori said.
The Miami Beach restaurant will remain open during its remodel.
Via Emilia 9
1120 15th St., Miami Beach