Photo: Jill Futter

Photo: Jill Futter

A shared vision for over a decade for Emily Hyland and her husband Matt has been to open a restaurant. Their search landed them in cozy Clinton Hill in 2013 where they rehabbed a space into a reflection of the warmth and hominess that they feel when being together and wanted to bring to the neighborhood.

"Our first shared meal was a pizza. It was 13 years ago – pepperoni and olive – while sitting on the floor of Matt's dorm room at school in Rhode Island. Two days later, on a casual drive to a beach in Newport, we stopped for lunch and had more pizza together. A few nights later, Matt took me on a proper date to our beloved Al Forno in Providence, and we shared their famous grilled pizza then, too. We do eat other foods (sometimes), but pizza has been the special fare that we have enjoyed sharing in since the moment our relationship began."

Now, at their restaurant EMILY, a wood-burning oven centers as the hearth of the space where you will find Matt cooking pizzas from dough he has hand-mixed and mozzarella he has made by hand. Matt's outlook on cooking for others is that when you put genuine love into the preparation of a meal, those who eat it can taste the sentiment behind it. Emily is the namesake of her husband's restaurant, and you will find her either chatting with guests in the dining room or hosting at the front door.