Emporio at 231 Mott St in the Nolita neighborhood of New York falls under the Aurora Restaurants, and rightfully so. It is an excellent representation of the group and has an amazing decor, ambience, waitstaff and food that falls right in line with the Aurora reputation. Emporio embodies all the elements needed for the perfect, yet not too formal, laid back Italian restaurant. It has all the elements to make the right impression on your first date or to just have a really good Italian experience – charm, personality and a menu that is completely in Italian, the official seal of authenticity. Walking through the quaint front section of the restaurant which passes through the rustic, open kitchen space, definitely for the moment, puts you in the middle of Sicily somewhere. The food itself is positively soul stirring. As one would expect at an authentic Italian restaurant, the ingredients are fresh and the pasta is made to order. The seasonings in the Agnolotti were absolutely breathtaking and I was head over heels for the valley of mushrooms. The chicken was equally as good. ….I was happy.