Trattoria Emilia

4.5
280 reviews
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$41 to $100
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Italian
Top tags:
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
  • Fit for Foodies
Trattoria Emilia is an authentic Italian restaurant focusing on seasonal produce and fresh pasta. Head chefs Francesco Rota and Luca Flammia hail from Modena in Emilia Romagna.

At Trattoria Emilia we seasonally change the menu and source a large majority of our produce from regional Victoria, our meat is organic and sustainably grown in Tasmania and we import some of the best Italian DOC products. Some dishes that are not to be missed are the Antipasti board which changes daily as well as the Tortelloni Emiliani, and don't forget to try the crowd favourite salumi e gnocco fritto with mortadella mousse (and if you have a bottle of something special bring it along Monday - Wednesday when we offer BYO!)

Rustic, yet refined, Trattoria Emilia boasts fantastic ambience, attentive and professional service whilst all the while remaining a great casual dining spot perfect for a quick lunch, a long relaxing dinner with friends and has always been a romantic date spot.
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AH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Simply awesome. Everytime. Can’t fault the food and service. Pasta and meat plates are excellent!

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NJ
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Intimate and romantic restaurant. The food was faultless, fresh and full of flavour. Wonderful staff. Would definitely recommend to others.

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AU
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Trattoria Emilia was outstanding in every way.

The wine was a real highlight too. Absolutely delicious.

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VC
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Second time here, and super happy to be back. We had an amazing dinner for partner's birthday.
Food was amazing, from entrees to dessert. I couldn't find a fault.
We were greeted and treated very well, with very professional manners.
What can I say? I cannot wait to be back again!!!

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GH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Good environment without being in the hustle and bustle but with reliable and good food

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RP
1 review
Dined on 11 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Trattoria Emilia is my go to place for business lunches mainly because the food is great and the size of the tables allows for conversations. The pasta is some of the best in Melbourne. At times the service can be a little rough.

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TR
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

What a great meal we had and the flavours were fabulous. We were a group of 4 that shared all the meals (we like to taste everything!) and were not dissappointed by any of the offerings. I was most impressed by the Tagliata - great presentation, great taste and was more that enough for the 4 of us to share. The wait staff were very professional, patient while we were trying to working out what we want and very very friendly. Looking forwared to going back.

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RM
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Perfect choice and outstanding.
I was never disappointed by them.

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GY
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

It was my fourth visit, and once again it was an authentic and enjoyable experience! I’ll be back!

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AT
1 review
Dined on 1 February 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Amazing food and delightful service. Great experience all round!!

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LC
1 review
Dined on 25 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Excellent birthday dinner! Limited options for vegos, but what we had was fantastic. Definitely leave room for dessert and try the tiramisu.

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T
9 reviews
Dined on 24 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Excellent Northern Italian cuisine in a casual dining room that feels like a neighborhood restaurant in Milan. Lovely attentive staff and you know the food is the real deal because there are Italians dining there. Recommended!

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V
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent service and delicious food. Cosy location.

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MP
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

stumbled across this honest little gem in the CBD.
Had two pastas and a beautiful salad. All was very enjoyable.

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YC
1 review
Dined on 19 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Outstanding food and great service. Definitely somewhere to go for a special occasion.

A little on the pricey side.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

Delicious, genuine Italian food starting with amazing sourdough bread, prosciutto and mozzarella. Homemade pasta was made by a genuine chef from Modena, Italy. Top quality Italian food!

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VH
1 review
Dined on 18 January 2019
Overall 1Food 4Service 1Ambience 1

I was dining alone. I had a booking (so not a walk in) but was placed at, by far, the worst table in the restaurant. I was next to a swinging door that entered the kitchen. There were several tables in the restaurant that were in a lovely position that were unoccupied the whole time I was there. The restaurant has a lovely atmosphere and vibe and is quiet, but I didn’t get to enjoy any of that.
The waitress was one of those with a haughty, I’m better than you, feel about her. She hardly spoke with me.
Food absolutely delicious- spaghetti with mussels and melt in your mouth home made bread. Wine average.
Wouldn’t go back there if you paid me.

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GJ
1 review
Dined on 15 January 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Food was great, pasta cooked to perfection and the bread is to die for. We loved this restaurant.

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PW
1 review
Dined on 12 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 3Ambience 4

A somewhat patchy experience here.
Most of the food was lovely. In particular, the cavolfiore and eggplant entrees were fantastic, and the tortelloni was outstanding (among the best pasta dishes we’d ever had). Unfortunately the sardines didn’t taste very fresh, and the risotto while tasting ok had rubbery scallops.
The service was a bit up and down: bordering on rude by the girl at the door when we arrived, but improved substantially with the charming young man who took care of us throughout the night.
Overall an enjoyable dining experience, but could do with a few improvements which would make it wonderful.

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OT
1 review
Dined on 9 January 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

We had the $79 tasting menu, which is good value. The first course was a sardine course with a side of eggplant. The sardine didn’t taste fresh or particularly interesting and the eggplant was soggy. A plate of cured meats followed which we really enjoyed. The tomato and ricotta pasta looked great and would have been delicious if not over smoked and our main of pork was average and a little tough. We were disappointed and not likely to return.

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FC
1 review
Dined on 22 December 2018
Overall 3Food 5Service 2Ambience 5

Fantastic food but again we were seated in a corner and completely forgotten about. The restaurant has a great atmosphere and you easily have a conversation but unfortunately if you are not positioned in front of a waiter, you can wait for sometime to be served.

I apologise for the criticism.

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G
7 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 4

We had our Christmas lunch and the food and service was outstanding. Well done to everyone.

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MW
1 review
Dined on 18 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Great ambience, consistently high quality food. A unique restaurant.

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HE
2 reviews
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good service, great food, byo Mon thru Wed. Authentic Italian.

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CA
1 review
Dined on 17 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Everything we ordered was delicious and service was just right.

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GL
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 3

Great service. Great food. A bit noisy

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LH
1 review
Dined on 11 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 4Ambience 5

Having visited Trattoria Emilia some years ago, I'd forgotten just how fantastic it is. We were seated in the mezzanine with lots of light - a great spot for lunch. Service was warm and friendly. And the food - it was spectacular. We enjoyed the antipasti platter with moreish white bat fitters, tender vitello tonnato, light arancini as well as bacilla, eggplant melanzane and a flavoursome spinach pie. It was the perfect start to the meal.
I had mortadella and veal tortelloni for main which was stunningly fresh with beautifully thin pasta. My father had spaghetti vongole - equally fresh and flavoursome.
It was just sensational food and I'll be going back again soon!!

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IH
1 review
Dined on 10 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Mostly excellent food served by an outstanding waitress who not only explained the menu options clearly but also had an excellent knowledge on the extensive wine list.

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S
1 review
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 4Food 3Service 4Ambience 3

The whole restaurant experience was terrific. We were early so didn’t experience any problem with noise. Main courses were all flavoursome. The fish special was lovely if a bit small. We decided the chocolate desserts were not nearly as good as the tiramisu. Service was good. We’ll be back.

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CL
1 review
Dined on 5 December 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Exceptional as usual, the food is always of such a high calibre.

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MC
1 review
Dined on 3 December 2018
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

The setting great, the service good, the wine selection excellent, the entre ok but both risottos Luke warm at best and fractionally undercooked. Sent one back to reheat. In summary average value for money.

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LC
2 reviews
Dined on 30 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Not my first time here and certainly not my last. The food is very good, tasty and fresh. It was my guest's first time and she'll return with her husband.

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c
1 review
Dined on 22 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Great food, service was quick and friendly. Will definitely be back.

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GD
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Excellent and authentic cucina emiliana. The gnocco fritto with salumi and the tortelloni brought us back to Modena. Monday nights is BYO, so for a very moderate corkage charge, you can bring a special bottle, which I would strongly recommend.

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G
1 review
Dined on 19 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

We celebrated my sons 21st with small family gathering at Trattoria Emilia. This was a first visit. Sensational and knowledgeable service, divine pasta, fabulous bread and a terrific ambiance. They even managed to provide a small cake and candle when we put in a last minute request. We’ll definitely be back!

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DW
1 review
Dined on 15 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 4

Food very good and staff very friendly. Good value.

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M
1 review
Dined on 10 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Group of 4 for catch-up. Attentive service beginning to end. Food was fresh and tasty. One star off for espresso at end of meal being cold (warm the cup!).

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HJ
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Visiting the lovely Melbourne from Sydney we were so pleased to have booked a table here. We had a fabulous dinner. Loved the food, the ambiance, the attentive and friendly service from Christie and other staff, overall a really enjoyable evening.
We look forward to returning in the future.

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PH
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2018
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Delicious Italian cuisine. Loved the menu options and the owner Matteo was extremely helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed the pace of the delivery of the courses. We were offered a Lemoncello to round of the lunch which was a lovely touch.

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GG
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2018
Overall 4Food 4Service 5Ambience 5

Trattoria Emilia is a little tricky to find hidden down a side alley off Little Collins St however it was well worth seeking it out.
We shared the antipasto for 1 which was terrific with lots of unusual tasting surprises followed by two pasta dishes which were also very good.
The house wine was more than adequate and the service cheerful and efficient.
Everything made for a very enjoyable lunch and then off to the nearby Sky Bus for my flight back to Sydney.
Perfect.

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