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Jul 14, 2011 03:20 AM

Emilio’s Bay Harbor Island

What another Italian Restaurant? Yes and a damn good one. Emilio Di Carlo’s pedigree is evident in the quality he is offering at his handsome 75 seat eatery. I’ve been twice with friends and we were ewing and ahing dish after dish. Open only a couple of months it is a well-oiled operation from the warm enthusiastic welcome of Romo, manager/host who must have been born in a restaurant, to his knowledgeable disciplined staff. It really is a gorgeous place with a small private dining room behind the glass walled wine case. The salmon and sea bass carpaccio marinated with truffle oil and lemon was a tasty refreshing starter. The carrot soup had an outstanding depth of flavor. The homemade spinach pappardelle with Amatriciana sauce was a glorious mouthful. I have tasted three different outstanding ravioli stuffed with veal mousse, mushrooms and ricotta with pear. Each had its own sauce, creamy tomato, cheesy mushroom that were fabulous. Talk about sauce, the delicious chicken cacciatore was the best I ever had. Not too sweat or too acidic as it can be. The quality veal dishes are perfectly cooked and as tender as can be. Oh, and the zabaglione alle fragile, well you just have to go. It’s a great menu at REASONABLE PRICES. It’s the kind of place that helps you understand how Italian food conquered the world. The wine list could use a little tweaking as it is from the ho hum "Southern Wine" catalogue.

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  1. I would like to pass on to those who enjoy great food and great service at a reasonable price.
    Today, we are all looking for great value and enjoyment when dining out.
    This GEM is is all about the diners enjoyment from the time you walk in.
    Upon my first visit there, I was dining alone which is sometimes awkward. But as I sat at the bar looking over the wine list and menu ,I was greeted by Stephanie with complete knowledge of the menu and gave me some personal favorites that were delightful in taste and preperation. She made me feel very comfortable and was one step ahead of my requests. I enjoyed everything and was delighted with my check, amount...not stunned.
    I must comment that I was also made very welcome by the general mangager, Romo who was very personable and helpful in choosing my dessert. By the time I was ready to go, I was already planning to make my reservations to bring my friends and family to enjoy this wonderful expierience. Easy to find, easy on the budget, and hard to beat!

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    1. re: Elgrandegringo

      I third those sentiments. I have had dinner there twice and both times execution, flavors and presentation were exquisite!! Thought I was in Italy!! Papparadelle with wild mushroom sauce was one of the best I have had anywhere and as mentioned above sea bass carpaccio is stunning and so fresh. We'd better stop now or we won't get in next time we go.

    2. After my first initial visit was impressive alone, I followed up with a few guests.
      We went last night for dinner and were very pleased!
      The food was great, good size portions and well prepared for the true tastes of Italy!
      Our guests were very impressed that the manager, Romo came to the table to ask how things were and what we had ordered. He suggested a few wines to go with these entrees.
      We enjoyed the wines and the attention from the staff and manager right up until the end.
      The wine list is good for this type of dining, medium priced wine, great tasting for dinner.
      The place was packed, a little back ground music might help to tone down the talking and make a great mood with the meal and wine. And on my way out... I made another reservation with Romo for this weekend, because soon you will be in line for this jewel.
      Life's quality time, enjoy great food and wine with great friends at a great place!