Colline Emiliane is a tiny, family-run trattoria on a side street near Piazza Barberini. We were the first ones to arrive for Sunday lunch just as they were opening at 12.45pm but the restaurant soon filled up. Most of the patrons were evidently regulars, greeting the owners and staff, and even each other, like old friends - it made for a cosy family atmosphere.
We shared an antipasti of Culatello di Zibello - Ham in red wine from Zibello, to start. I couldn't detect the wine, but the prosciutto was very good nonetheless. I continued with an Asciutte of Tortellini alla panna - Meat dumplings with cream sauce, which was also very nice. The pasta was well made, with a fine texture, if not quite as refined as Le Jardin de Russie’s; the meat was of a good quality, and the sauce creamy but light. On the other hand, my main course, Giambonetto di vitella con purea - Slow-cooked leg of veal with mashed potatoes, might well have been the best version of this Emilian-style dish for all I knew, but just wasn’t my cup of tea. Another main course, Braciola di maiale ripiena - Pork Cutlet stuffed with ham and cheese, was enjoyable.
In a nutshell…
Warm and friendly service, good classic ‘home-cooking’, very reasonable prices.
Via degli Avignonesi, 22 - 00187, Roma
+39 06 4817538
Average Price: €35