Whittling through the lists of recommended eats in Rome was quite the task. Reviews for any number of places would range from “outstanding” to “mediocre” so it became hard to find places that truly elicited true excitement. The reviews for Colline Emiliane seemed solid enough. I’m glad I made a reservation because the restaurant had to turn away many people without reservations.
Porcini Friti fried porcini mushrooms
Porcinis were in season and part of the specials for the day. These were ever so lightly battered and fried, allowing the natural juiciness to shine through. I can’t say these were the terribly flavorful. Maybe my American tongue is used to more heavily seasoned fried things.
Tagliatelle con Porcini homemade tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms
Wonderfully light flavors. Simplicity was highlighted here.
Triangoli di Ricotta, Bieta, e Salsiccia homemade ravioli stuffed with ricotta, chard, sausage
Not a special of the day, but was recommended by our waiter. It did not disappoint. They do pastas very light and delicate here.
Giambonetto di Vitella con Purea milk braised veal with mashed potatoes
This turned out to be quite a lot of food for us. This was just a half portion of the veal. The waiter really had high praise for the tender braised veal, but we found it to be underwhelming. It ate a little dry, and the sauce tasted and looked broken. You can skip this one.
Colline Emiliane was a quaint spot with solid food and warm service. If we just stuck to the pastas the place, I would have awarded an extra point. Does it warrant reservations weeks in advance? Probably not, but I prefer to eat plan for something decent/solid things rather than have to stumble upon something random/mediocre. Sometimes you’re lucky and you may stumble upon a real jewel, but that’s a risk I’m not willing to take. I guess I’m not that sort of traveler.
10 – You NEED to eat here
9 – Awesome
8 – Very good
7 – Good
6 – OK
5 – Average
4 – Not bad
3 – Not good
2 – Terrible
1 – Do NOT eat here