Having been somewhat jaded after our experience at Lu's, we were very happy to find, thanks to Peter, this very good restaurant, so thought it really did deserve its own thread.
At the entrance there are several butcher style refrigerated meat display units offering an enticing array of meats fish and seafood, all beautifully presented. Following the tempting displays there was an old fashioned vegetable stand made up of a number of wooden boxes. Everything was as fresh as if just picked. Moving further along there is a pretty swish bar and several dining rooms. All very nicely decorated. The bar had one of those brass foot rails among other interesting decor items.
We ate in the outdoor patio area which permitted smoking. Peanuts in their shells were served and just as in some coastal areas in the States, everyone just dropped their shells on the floor. It was quite casual, and a fun atmosphere.
I'd say this place has something for everyone. Italian, plus an excellent selection of more American style main dishes.
Unlike some of the somewhat stuffy high end places we have visited in the past, Emiliano's was comfortable, casual but still, in the interior dining areas, quite elegant.
It seemed to be pretty popular as well.
My four cheese and Chipotle soup was outstanding. The big guy enjoyed his pepper steak, but would have liked a few more veggies. So, for those who really like their meat potatoes and 2 veg., you might want to do a side order of extras.
The desserts also looked really good, and were presented on a large tray, I think there were at least 12 delicious looking selections. Since I don't do dessert, I'll leave that for others to add their comments.