When Sam Governale opened Emmaline a little under two years ago, he dreamt of creating a laid back yet luxurious neighborhood restaurant. He did just that, but recognized there is always room for growth. Since opening, he has absorbed all of the feedback and worked closely with his chefs to completely revamp the menu. Staying true to their roots, the new menu is inspired by both American and international cuisine.
Named after his grandmother, the restaurant reflects aspects of her personality, passion for bringing people together, timelessness and a love for style and bold flavors. With Emmaline being his muse, the team worked to ensure the menu was full of items that are unique yet un-intimidating and of course, shareable.
Governale strives to ensure every individual who walks in the door enjoys themselves fully. This is exemplified by one of the first things on the menu, the Caviar Cicchetti (chilled soubise cream, fresh cut chives, brioche crisp) and vodka pairing. Because, is there any better way to kickoff a wonderful evening than with Caviar and a smooth vodka shot?
Both the dinner and lunch menu include items to satisfy everyone in your group and all hunger levels, from the Scallop Crudo (passion fruit habanero dressing, watermelon sorbetto), Pizza Bianca (pancetta affumicata, fontina sauce, stracciatella, onion, truffled honey), lavish meat and cheese boards, to a range of meat and fish cooked in a woodfired grill and much more. The use of a classic woodfired grill was incredibly intentional as Governale hopes to evoke the thought of “Oo, I wonder what Emmaline is cooking tonight!” from guests the moment they walk in the door.
The decor is full of charm and welcoming warmth with a color scheme of green and white complimented by wicker and marble accents. Throughout the space you’ll find antique mirrors and tableware, plants and art that shine thanks to the abundance of natural light. Every detail is memorable and designed to make you feel at ease.
Visit Emmaline for lunch, dinner and brunch, Monday – Thursday 11 am to 11 pm, Friday 11 am to 12 am, Saturday 10 am to 12 am and Sunday 10 am – 9 pm.
All Photos Courtesy of Kirsten Gilliam Photography