Following the staunch success of Via Emilia 9 on South Beach, Italian native Giancarlo “Wendy” Cacciatori has opened a second intimate showcase for his skills, Via Emilia Garden in Midtown Miami. It’s the latest plot point in a career that began during Cacciatori’s childhood in San Giovanni, rolling pasta dough with his grandmother and working at his parents’ restaurants. At Via Emilia Garden, Cacciatori perfects traditional Italian favorites like parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant parmigiana) and carciofo grigliato (grilled artichokes) plus an array of house-made pastas and sauces, made from scratch daily. Choose from more than 15 options, such as the sublime cappellacci di zucca al burro e salvia, pasta pillows stuffed with fresh pumpkin and lightly dressed in brown butter and sage; tagliolini with shaved seasonal truffle; or the chef’s signature, tortellini alla panna (tortellini in cream sauce). Dine alfresco, practice your language skills with the all-Italian staff, and enjoy wines representing some of Italy’s most popular and lesser-known growing regions.