out at enoteca emilia

At the beginning of this week (I’m talking Monday) I already knew I would need a midweek happy hour.  By lunchtime that day, I had a date set to catch up with my good girlfriend, Lauren Shacklette (last seen here).

We went back and forth about where to meet, and I’ll admit that I was being picky because I knew I wanted a cute, quaint place to park.  I mentioned trying something in O’Bryonville and a quick Google search yielded Enoteca Emilia as a viable option.  She had been before, I had not, and luckily she was willing to indulge me.  So glad she did.  This is one of the cutest spots I’ve been to in a long while.  Located right on the corner of the little strip of shops, this is exactly the kind of place to go to if looking for boutique-like fare and experience.

The restaurant’s layout is worth talking about for a moment.  There’s a second floor seating area, where Shack dined the first time she visited, and then there is the main floor, which is split into two rooms with a bar in the center that is open on each side.  The back side is more for seated dining, with beautiful vaulted ceilings, and the front side is more the casual bar space with the best wallpaper I’ve ever seen.  We sat on that side.

We both opted for glasses of their house wine, which was totally delicious (and just five dollars a glass, four dollars during happy hour hello, thank you) and then decided to split a flatbread pizza.  Per the bartender’s suggestion, we went with the lamb bacon.  Good. Night. Sally.  Lamb, bacon, caramelized onion, kale, fontina?!  Had they been reading my diary?!  Add egg?!  Obviously!  We were both dying.  It was so flavorful, so perfectly savory, so all that two dainty ladies needed to be satisfied but not stuffed.  Everything about the place fulfilled exactly what I was looking for in that kind of evening.  Good company, great spot, excellent options.  Enoteca Emilia for the win.  Go everybody, go.

enoteca emelia enoteca emiliaDSCF2511Lauren is wearing an Urban Outfitters boyfriend shirt and Anthropologie earrings (similar) | I’m wearing a Forever 21 sweater (similar), J.Crew Factory gingham (different colors), and Pretty Pony Boutique and Stella & Dot necklaces

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