A new delivery-only Italian restaurant has opened on the Upper West Side. Emilia is located at 475 Columbus Avenue, on the corner of 83rd Street – which is also where Tarallucci e Vino is located.
Emilia was conceived as a collaboration between Taralluci e Vino’s owner, Luca Di Pietro, and two long-time customers, husband and wife Anastasia Kozlovska & Sergio Serafin Spera, who have years of experience doing marketing and design for the hospitality industry.
Sergio tells us that when the pandemic first hit and Di Pietro launched Feed The Frontlines to deliver meals to healthcare workers, “they noticed how much people kept asking for their lasagna,” further adding that “one health care worker even called them ‘the lasagna guys’.”
This inspired the trio to deliver more of that home-cooked goodness throughout the city. And, since Taralluci’s kitchen has had some extra space due to the indoor dining ban, this allowed for the birth of Emilia.
Sergio tells us that both his and Luca’s families are from Abruzzo, a region of Southern Italy, and that the name “Emilia” comes from a combination of Luca’s parents’ names, Emilio and Elvira.
Emilia serves Italian comfort food, with menu items including pizzas, pastas, salads and more. The new restaurant is also participating in Restaurant Week To Go.
In addition, a breakfast menu comes with a selection of pastries, a ham and cheese croissant, quiche and frittatas, and desserts include a tiramisu and maple cheesecake.