Via Farina- Italian meaning for, "the way of flour" (hence the pizzeria and pasta dishes served here) Hidden in the "Little Italy" of south Omaha. This dine -in or take out Italian cuisine was fantastic. This is hands down worth a try if you are craving the carbs but not the guilt.
Walking into the restaurant the layout, lighting, decor, and ambiance was filled with bright but relaxing vibes. Via Farina opens at 11 and if you are trying to have a casual, but quick lunch-- I recommend getting there shortly after 11, to beat the afternoon lunch rush.
The appetizer that we indulged, was the famous "Fried Cauliflower". This dish was a savory twist including parsley, capers, chili flakes, and some lemon to add some tang. Before hitting the restaurant I read so many people ranting over this plate. Turns out they were all right, and no doubt I will be back to chow down on some more. A huge BRAVO to Via Farina for inventing such a delicious curve on creating a fried veggie.
The main courses we chose were the Rigatoni Pasta Dish, and the Fungo Pizza. I think this was the best decision I suggested all week, because we got the best of both world. The Fungo pizza was a very delicate pizza, but is served in a huge portion. Not only was it cooked in a stone oven that made the flavors enjoyable but it was the perfect balance between soft and just the right amount of crunch. It was topped with a white sauce that was not overwhelming. The pizza had big fancy mushrooms, potato confit, and smoked prosciutto *insert drooling emoji.
Now-- the Rigatoni was mouth watering. I am such a pasta guru and this plate was so delicious. Via Farina made this dish with chicken liver ragu. chili, and topped it off with some yummy bread crumbs. if you are a pasta lover like myself, I wouldn't reccomend sharing this tasty plate.
My favorite part of dinner is always the sweet treat I get to pick right after. We chose 1 of the 2 desserts they served called the, "Basil Ice Cream". The ice cream was such an off beat flavor but so appetizing. Think of eating healthy ice cream... and if that doesn't say it all, then I don't know what else will.
Once we were done chowing, a man had a gift card with a remaining balance a little over $5.00. Although it was a tiny amount, he told the waitress to put it on our tab, to pay it forward. This was genuinely refreshing and really encouraged us to pay it forward in the future. We challenge you to partake in these random acts of kindness. not just for the holiday season but all year round. (Stay tuned for a paying it forward blog post to see how we are giving back to the community, big and small) It was such a kind gesture to end our lunch. So thank you to whoever paied it forward, you warmed our hearts and really made us smile.
Next time you are headed downtown and maybe want to skip the busy lines of the old market scene- hop on over to Via Farina and try all their savory goodies.
The go to outfits for this lunch date: something casual, comfy, and a little spunky.