Emil’s Italian Restaurant emphasizes its family heritage and calls itself a family-friendly eatery. With the soft lighting and intimate booths, many also consider it a romantic destination for first dates or anniversaries. In business since 1921, Emil’s is the oldest restaurant in Lansing, and is still owned by the same family.
Emil’s is a warm and inviting restaurant, filled with patrons out for the traditional Italian-American fare Emil’s has been serving for generations. The dining room is lined on either side with booths, backs are high and it makes you feel like there’s no one else in the room and the extensive woodwork, stained glass and Tiffany lamps hanging from ceiling add to the ambience and charm of the restaurant.
You can go a number of different directions in regards to what to order. From the BBQ ribs, the pizza and of course the spaghetti (on special Monday – all you can eat for $5.95 and again on special Tuesday for $5.49). Other options include Italian sausage and peppers; shells stuffed with ricotta cheese, shrimp, and crab meat, eggplant primavera, and the lasagna (layers of spicy sausage, tangy sauce and silky ricotta).
Emil’s is a very popular spot for students, residents, and visitors to dine while in Lansing. There need not be a special occasion to visit Emil’s other than the fact you want a fantastic meal and maybe start a family tradition of your own.