Emilia's Restaurant has to be a stop on everyone's dining itinerary in the Belmont section of the Bronx. Founded by its chef Nunzio Sapienza, and his wife, Emilia's recently won a Golden Apple award from the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Emilia's has become quite popular in the lore of Arthur Avenue, though it is relatively new in comparison to some of the other well-known restaurants. Their extensive menu speaks for itself and there is no reason to re-hash its diversity on this page. Simply put, Emilia's menu offers 14 pasta dishes, six chicken entrees, four veal entrees, three meat, and seven seafood entree.
What I can attest to is what I have eaten at the restaurant. First, the homemade gnocchi with meatball was spectacular and lived up to the hype. I highly recommend it for gnocchi fans. Also, the pork cutlet arrabiato is to die for.
The appetizers that I have tried all pass the test: the cold antipasto classico, and mussels marinara. Similarly, the desserts I have tried are the tiramisu and the homemade cannoli.
Within the past year, some friends of mine who frequent Emilia's have made some recommendations to me about several items on the menu. Among them are the seabass papilotte, the chicken cutlet siciliana and the braised lamb shank over risotto.
Furthermore, the selection of appetizers, six cold and five hot, should not be skipped.
Emilia's Restaurant always has an extensive list of daily specials. Their lunch specials run Monday thru Friday from 12pm - 3pm and are reasonably priced at $11.95. Reservations are not required, but are recommended.
Let the Sapienza family show you all they have to offer. You will be impressed at their family-run business and how they strive to make you feel at home.