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ššEmilia/
Jingumae 2-chome:
Italian
₯3402-5517
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Emilia serves great
northern Italian
cuisine in a re-
laxed, casual set-
ting - an ideal
combination for a
comfortable neigh-
borhood restaurant.
The chef spent sev-
eral years honing
his pasta-making
skills while working
in the Emilia region
of northern Italy,
and local dishes and
affordable wines
from that area and
nearby Piedmont are
well represented on
the menu.

At dinnertime we'd
suggest starting off
with the always
reliable mixed appe-
tizer platter. A
typical day's offer-
ing might include
bite-sized portions
of parmesan gelato,
liver pate, morta-
della, polenta and
the like. On a re-
cent visit we en-
joyed some excellent
smoked gizzard,
quite tender and
bursting with fla-
vor, while our mari-
nated artichoke
hearts and rata-
touille were well
balanced with just
the right touch of
tartness. The fra-
grant, freshly baked
focaccia was an
added treat.

The pastas - taglia-
telle, tortellini,
ravioli - are all
magnificent, but
save some room for
the main course. One
notable specialty of
the kitchen is the
selection of game
birds - squab, guin-
ea fowl and Barbary
duck - all raised at
the Ninomiya farm in
Ibaraki Prefecture
and all quite skill-
fully prepared.

The roast squab is
served very rare and
really packs a
punch, with concen-
trated gamey fla-
vors. Seasonal vege-
tables - turnips,
baked onion, baby
corn - are moist and
succulent and pro-
vide the perfect
foil for the inten-
sity of the meats.
Emilia's excellent
Hokkaido venison is
another standout and
well worth a special
visit when the au-
tumn season brings
it to the menu.

The dining space has
a laid-back, neigh-
borhood vibe -
chalkboard menu,
trattoria-style
tables, curtained-
off booths and a
spacious counter
area. Lunch starts
at just Y1000, but
the Y2000 and Y3000
prix-fixe options
are worth checking
out, as they include
many of the main
dishes from the
dinner menu. The
wine list offers
good selection and
good value, with
ample choice in the
under-Y7000 category
and a half-dozen
wines by the glass.
Budget around Y5000-
8000 at dinnertime.
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Shibuya-ku, Jingu-
mae 2-25-4.  Open
11:30am-2, 5:30-10:
30pm (LO). Closed
Thursdays.
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