October 3, 2005 1:40 AM | By Adam Roberts | 2 Comments

Homemade Pasta Near The Movies: Via Emilia

Going to see "Proof" the other night on 17th and Broadway, my companion and I were in the Tom Collichio district: Craft, Craftbar, the former home of 'Wichcraft.* [*Hey! You know how I'm also raving about how much I love 'Wichcraft? Well it's not there anymore. Sure it's in Bryant Park and somewhere else but no longer near me. I am mad!] [Hey, can someone teach me how to do HTML so that if someone clicked that initial * a tiny textbox would open with the text: "Hey! You know..."?] Anyway: Craft and Craftbar are way too expensive for a pre-movie dinner.

We wandered over to 5th Ave. and spotted a cute Italian joint, Via Emilia:


Now I'm going to confess something to you. See those blurbs and articles taped to the glass outside the restaurant? I'm a sucker for those. If those weren't up, I'd probably have insisted we go somewhere else. I need confirmation that a place is worth eating at. Either there are blurbs taped to the window or I've researched it online or I've heard about it by word of mouth. But I'd very very rarely just wander in somewhere without knowing anything about it unless the food looked amazing.

Luckily, these blurbs proved prescient. (Am I using prescient right?) The food here was very solid. The pasta's homemade. Check it out: seafood spaghetti.


This reminded me of a similar dish we ate in Sardinia only not quite as good. The mussels here were a bit gross and there was some sand near one of the scallops. But the spaghetti was homemade so I liked that. And for a cheap meal (this wasn't expensive at all) near a movie theater, you could do a lot worse than Via Emilia. So check it out and go see "Proof." It's a solid interpretation of the play which most people didn't have the chance to see. The Act One closer which comes halfway through the movie still gives me chills. Want proof? Go see it!


FYI, Via Emilia is at 240 Park Avenue South.


The quick and dirty way to do the html pop-up thing would be to use javascript. It does not seem to work when I place it in the comments, so I assume the blogging program blocks javascript for comments. The example does work when I put it on a page on my personal website. It will probably work in a normal blog entry, so give it a shot.

When you have your new site built you should have the developer create a fancy function to make a cooler looking box. That would take more code than you would want to do in an every day post. The programmer could set it up for you easily though.

Anyhow, on to the javascript example. You can make a regular href anchor (like any normal html link) and put javascript in it. Just do not put a destination for the page to go to and have the javascript portion also 'return false'. By returning false the link will not go anywhere, but the pop-up will work. If you do not 'return false' and there is no destination, the page will reload and annoy the readers (it will jump to the top of the page again.)

Here is an example:
<a href="" onClick="(alert('Hey! You know...'));return false">click here</a>

The message "Hey! You know..." will pop-up in a javsscript box when 'click here' is clicked. The page will not go anywhere though.

Hope this helps. If you want a fancier box which will take more coding feel free to let me know.

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