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About Via Emilia - The Woodlands
Named after an ancient Roman road that spans from Rimini to Piacenza, Via Emilia Italian Restaurant is known for their house-made pastas, braised meats, seafood specialties, and delicious desserts. The family-owned restaurant served Houston diners for over 13 years before moving to their current location in the Woodlands. We welcome you to experience the most authentic northern Italian cuisine in the Woodlands - no passport required.
The Woodlands, TX 77381
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 3:00pm Sunday Brunch:10:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00pm, Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm
The Woodlands Parkway
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, JCB, MasterCard, Visa
Via Emilia features live music Wednesday through Saturday 6-9pm.
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, Wine
Via Emilia - The Woodlands Ratings and Reviews
Came here on prom night with my partner and this place had a great, romantic ambiance. The garlic bread they bring out in the beginning of the meal is delicious and our server Abraham was very nice and quick with his service. The only thing that bothered me was that our waters were not refilled unless we asked, but overall we had an extremely pleasant time. I absolutely loved the live piano music and the intimacy of the restaurant itself. I will definitely be coming back to try some of their delicious sounding eggplant dishes since they were unfortunately out of eggplant at the time we were there.
We come here for all special occasions. We were celebrating a late Mother's Day.
I had the carpaccio as an appetizer. I would have liked more arugula and less Parmesan. I love Parmesan, but it was just swimming in it. I had escargot as a main course, and it was excellent. My husband had a taste for spaghetti and meatballs, and it was very good, with Ensalata Caprese, also excellent. We always pick a moderately-priced wine- $35-40, and we are never disappointed. We chose a Syrah and it tasted great. Limoncello for dessert hit the spot!
Mother's Day - We waited one and a half hours to get our food, including an appetizer and our kids' food. They kept saying that our food was three minutes away. There were very few check-ins to let us know what was going on. Other people that had just arrived started getting their food before we did. They comped most of our food, but a manager never came out, and it kind of ruined Mother's Day. It really stinks because we always enjoyed this place, and now I don't think we will be going back. Time to find another go-to Italian place.
I have been going to Via Emilia at two different locations over the last ten years and the food continues to be outstanding. I particularly like the variety and authenticity of the home made entres. I hope they continue to stay with their winning ways as they continue to grow. Certainly worth the drive but make sure you have reservations as it can be crowded with long waits
I went to Via Emilia for brunch for the first time. The restaurant has a nice ambience, but we were the only people in the restaurant the entire time we ate. I'm not sure if brunch was new for the restaurant or not, but we did go at 10am when they first opened. On to the food. My daughter had waffles, nothing special she enjoyed it. My husband had bananas foster French toast which he liked very well. I had a frittata with spinach and mushrooms along with parmesan potatoes. The potatoes were way too salty, the frittata was just okay. I would not make a special trip for brunch here, dinner is much better. I did enjoy the fig bruschetta which was excellent as a starter. Our server was great.
The wait staff was very professional and very attentive throughout the entire experience. The food was authentic Italian and delicious. My wife and I love Italian dinning and wanted a quiet place to share a great meal. That is exactly what we experienced. We are excited for our next visit and to try another authentic Italian dish.
This was such a disappointment for my family. This was one of our favorite places but it appears to have digressed. Beginning with a very sour faced hostess (blonde) we were greeted by a waiter that showed less interaction than a fast food drive thru. The food was below what we previously experienced. Our waiter was often hard to find for drink refills and did not even ask if we wanted a dessert. We were anxious to have one of Via Emilia's signature desserts, a bread pudding. This was also disappointing from previous visits as it was cold in the center and had obviously been warmed in the microwave. Really not the same restaurant we had become accustomed to with all but one gentleman with a constant sour face. We missed the amazing service and food we had previous experienced. It will be a long time before we consider returning.
My daughter was in town and she and I decided to have Easter lunch there. We arrived at our noon reservation and were immediately seated in the far end of the restaurant. We walked past the piano being played and a couple of other large rooms of tables, and were taken to a rectangular shaped room with a dozen or so tables lined up on either side of the room. The decor was beautiful in the restaurant and we were immediately tended to by our waiter. My only complaint is that my daughter and I are adults, and we were sat amongst the families with children. They then sat a family with a baby right next to us. I'm all for family time, but when we splurge for the ambiance with a special meal, I don't expect a high chair and toddler next to me, and the sounds that are associated with children at the table. Our section also lacked vibe of the other main areas, being that we were behind a wall and had no view of the rest of the place. I would have thought a reservation for 2 adults would not have landed us at a 4 top in the family section. It made it difficult to enjoy a bottle of wine and what was a delicious lunch! If I go back there, I will ask about other seating options! Compliments to the Chef and wait staff on Easter Day
I have had a few meals now at this restaurant. The pasta dishes are almost perfect... I just ask for them to be not overflavored, and they come out great. Great wine list. Helpful staff. I had lamb shank another night.... very very tender, but could have used a bit more garlic and tomato
We ordered a second bottle of wine and the waiter opened It and poured it in our glasses without showing us the cork or letting us taste it. It turns out the wine was bad and the bottle had to be replaced. The problem was we still had wine in our glasses from the first bottle. We do not expect this from a restaurant of this caliber
Like many Italian restaurants in Texas, the food can be over flavored and over sauced, but that can easily remedied by coaching the chef to underdo it. I had their pesto pasta and it was fresh, al dente, and perfect. Fabulous wine. Lumache are great. Beef carpaccio was plentiful and very fresh
Was looking for a restaurant in the Woodlands area to celebrate a birthday that we hadn't been to before. Via Emilia was highly recommended so we decided to give it a try and we are sure glad we did. Phenomenal food and service. A little noisy as we were seated on the piano bar side but overall an enjoyable experience. New favorite Italian restaurant in the area!
Truly a disappointment for the four of us. There was a singular flavor to all our entrees. The veal osso buco, chicken Parmesan , gnocchi , and pasta aoli all had such an overwhelming flavor of garlic that no other flavor could be discerned. Could have stayed home and chewed a clove of garlic and achieved the same degree if enjoyment!
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