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Emilio's in Harrison-- review


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Emilio's in Harrison-- review

i_eat_a_lot_of_ice_cream | | Dec 6, 2008 03:10 PM

My family and I had dinner here the other night-- my dad had been a few times and insisted we try it. We really, really enjoyed it! The place is a bit quirky and old fashioned in terms of atmosphere (kind of formal in a weird way, but not fancy, and there were drop ceilings, which I thought diminished the "nice" feeling a bit), and was a little too quiet for us at the beginning of the night, but by the end of the night it was full of diners enjoying themselves.

They have a nice selection of wines by the glass and quartino-- I had the sauvignon blanc, which was very good. We started off with a selection of antipasti, which you choose from a cart that they bring to the table. I sampled the veal meatballs, eggplant caponata, artichokes, roasted peppers, and bruschetta, and everything was very well prepared. They also serve crusty bread and breadsticks with olive oil, olives, and a hard cheese.

They had a number of specials for the entrees in addition to the regular menu, and there were so many things I wanted to try that I decided to get a half order of two different pastas. (They will do half orders of all pastas. Pastas are housemade.) One was a special... linguine with shrimp and clams sauteed with garlic and oil, which was fantastic, and the other was tiny ravioli stuffed with ricotta and swiss chard in a walnut cream sauce. Getting a half order of each was one of the best food decisions of my life, because each was exquisite in its own way. Other entrees at the table were the monkfish wrapped in prosciutto (good, but I'm not a fan of monkfish), pasta with plum tomato sauce, and the risotto of the day, which was with sweet sausage and mushrooms. Everything was great. I should note that they are a little heavy handed with the salt, but this is not a complaint.

For dessert, we got the tartufo, which was served with a mountain of thick, sweet whipped cream, the cheesecake- a very light version, so good, a warm chocolate cake (boring), and some sort of pastry with blueberries. They had excellent coffee and cappuccino.

Service was a little frenetic but very hospitable. The server who initially took our order was very knowledgeable about their offerings. It's a cavernous restaurant with numerous dining rooms as well as several different sized party rooms, and there appeared to be a huge party going on the back, so perhaps they were short staffed.

I would say the prices are fair considering the portions and quality of the food. I was pleasantly surprised and I would definitely return.

Note: no shorts or jeans. Most men were wearing ties.

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