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.
Saturday: 8:00am - 10:00pm
The antipasto selection was unusual and so tasty - not a morsel left. Everyone in our group enjoyed their main course and the shared accompanying salads. Highly recommend. Lovely atmosphere in the evening and so good not to need to shout at the person next to you or across the other side of the table.
We love eating here, so Trattoria Emilia was our first thought when trying to pick a place for my husbands birthday dinner. We already had an early booking, but the staff were very accommodating and led us to our table though we were 40 minutes early. The waiter was great in explaining which dishes they could make vegetarian and these options did not disappoint. And a lovely complimentary fresh loaf of bread from the bakery, on our way out. Always a lovely gesture and very much appreciated.
Good food - authentic. However sometimes you want the classic Italian (in addition) - maybe few more pasta dishes, even pizza. I realise they are being true to the Emelia Regena area - however some dishes were bland, and more variety needed.
We had a fantastic dinner at Trattoria Emilia, I would recommend visiting, especially for a special occasion.
I marked 4 stars as there were a few mistakes made with orders and billing. There are also no vegetarian options on the pasta or mains menu, but there were some changes they were able to make to ‘vegetarianise’ dishes. Unfortunately I did not enjoy my dish but look forward to trying something else next time.
Otherwise, everyone enjoyed their dishes and had a lovely night.
Visiting our son in Melbourne it is one of his favourite places to eat, especially the ragu! Friendly, attentive service, beautiful home made bread (including a free loaf to take home), good wine list, wonderful authentic Italian food, what's not to love?!
It has good Italian Food. Fantastic Antipasta and bread. I can see what I eat and the noise level is low. Staff very friendly and accommodating. When in town I love coming here.
Entre, charcuterie, had some different items. Main, lamb shoulder with roast potatoes, very ordinary. Dry, didn't look as if much effort was made.
The food was the best Italian I had in a very long time. The service spot on, friendly and professional, felt like we were in Italy. The chestnut gnocchi with beef ragout was fantastic but my spaghetti with botarga and tuna was perfection, best pasta dish I ever had.
Can't wait to return!
Eight of us dined and everyone enjoyed the food and the atmosphere. Great food, great wine list - hope to return soon.
2 our of our 4 meals were sub standard with one having to be sent back as the pasta was hard and under cooked (chef confirmed same) and the other so bland it needed to be drowned in salt for some flavour. The bread was phenomenal and the wait staff attentive and apologetic but after hearing such great things about the restaurant we were rather disappointed and wouldn’t go back.
Really good service, $10 BYO Mon-Wed and I recommend trying the Tortelloni Emiliani.
Emila is a bit of a challenge to locate but well worth the hunt.
Our meal was faultless and delicious - 4 empty plates back to the kitchen
Service was friendly and one minor mistake was solved immediately and with an explanation (not excuse) as to how it happened.
Wonderful choice of great Italian food in a warm and very pleasant ambience. Excellent service by well informed engaging staff.
Amazing discovery. Great food, great wine, great venue.
Great little restaurant hidden up a lane way. Good and interesting Italian food. Good wine list and interesting beers. Cost, cool surroundings.
A return visit as my wife wasn’t very well on our first visit. Food was very well executed, service great and we loved the informal feel about the space. Great value too.
I don't remember it being this great! The salumi board, the beef cheeks and the ragu were our options on this visit, and it felt like heaven all over again (and not to mention the amazing complimentary bread!). Great pacing of the food - service was good, but could have done with a bit more warmth. Will be returning to our favourite Italian haunt in Melbourne!
Authentic. Welcoming. Care.
Really excellent place for lunch....nice ambience, excellent very friendly service....nice choice of wines, very good food [I had an excellent spaghetti dish].
I live in far north NSW & visit both Sydney & Melbourne regularly... I discovered Trattoria Emilia about 4 years ago & it remains in one of my top 5. The service is outstanding & the food delicious & deserving of the accolades it receives. I have recommended it to many & they have added it to their favourites. Long may they reign.
Excellent food. Relaxed atmosphere. Would definitely go again
Fabulous food atmosphere and the waiters are excellent
Very amicable atmosphere. Pastas were very nice. Kind staff.
Great food. Literally everything was delicious. Good atmosphere too and felt authentic Italian
Great, authentic Italian food. We had a really friendly waiter that added to the experience. My wife is Gluten Free and they happily modified (slightly) the tasting menu to accomodate her
Just really good, beautifully crafted, delicious and interesting Italian food. Great ambience, service and wine list
Absolutely superb Italian cuisine. We had the Winter Tasting Menu and every course was excellent.
The customer service was also above and beyond the standard.
Lovely Italian restaurant. Great food & wine, excellent service and a warm and romantic ambience.
Fantastic food and a good wine list. Experienced and courteous waiters
Such a lovely place people so friendly
Unfortunately we were very disappointed with our dinner. Order wrong, two dishes woefully undercooked (half the ravioli in one dish was perfect, the other pieces in the same bowl were inedible - very odd) and a 50 minute wait between entree and mains on a non-busy Monday night. Lovely wait staff let down by the food/kitchen. We had high hopes. Maybe just a bad night?
Lovely little hidden away restaurant in the heart of the Melbourne CBD
Recommended to us by friends and it didnt let us down. Great food and wine list.
We’ve been here twice now & both times trying different things on the menu have been fantastic. Good traditional food cooked in a modern way that really showcases the produce used. Will definitely be going back.
The food didn’t live up to my expectation. Service was great and ambiance was good.
Magnificent food, excellent service. Our server was there when we needed him and disappeared quietly when we didn't, everything was delicious and generous with extra bread etc.
Only thing I didn't like was thee 2 person tables are too small, otherwise perfect.
excellent food , easy to book! Thanks for a great night
Pleasant enough food and vibe for dinner but an expensive experience.
The food and service were excellent. The restaurant has good selection of Italian wine. Loved their bread , amazing! I had gnocchi and my friends had risotto and fish of the day. All food was excellent quality.
The atmosphere is really authentic and it is not very noisy, you can actually have conversation and really relax and enjoy your food.
I've been to this restaurant number of times and will definitely come back. Love it and it is reasonably priced.
Delicious dinner with my daughter; we have been there before on several occasions - its always good value and delicious food.
Very friendly wait staff and very good at their job. Knowledgeable about the menu, the cuisine, the wine etc. attentive but not intrusive . Food was authentic and well presented - very flavoursome.