Touted as an authentic family owned Italian eatery, Colline Emiliane is recommended by many food blogs to try as part of the Italian experience without walking too far. While I found the food a solid experience, it fell short of other restaurants I tried in Rome, and I would probably not return again.
Where to Sit
If you do choose to make this one of your meals, I recommend asking for a table in the front part of the room (see photograph). While we had made a reservation months in advance, we were seated in a table in the back of the room in a small alcove, next to the bathroom. That alone threw off the ambience of the restaurant as it felt like we were dining in a strange isolated corner/closet.
What to Order
We ordered an appetizer recommended by our server called squacquerone (soft fresh cow’s milk cheese served with homemade traditional crackers), and two types of pasta.
The cheese left something to be desired, probably just a little too simple for a meal we flew thousands of miles for. For a local Italian family dining in at their favorite neighborhood haunt, I understand the appeal.
The pumpkin tortellini was cooked perfectly, although I found the filling inside slightly too sweet for my taste. The accompanying butter sauce soaking the tortellini was delicious and rich. The star of the show was the tagliatelle bolognese with a ragu sauce that was clearly made over long hours of simmering.
Recommend: …If the shoe fits. (3/5)
Make a reservation several weeks in advance, for we saw couples and families turned away at the door. Customers consisted of locals and tourists alike. Consider visiting this establish based on location and convenience alone.
It is a convenient five minute walk from Trevi Fountain, making it a desirable restaurant to try just based on its location. It is located on a small street (which looks sort of like an alleyway) that runs parallel to Via del Tritone. There is a small supermarket on the corner of the same street that the restaurant is on, walk past the supermarket and you will see the restaurant (covered in Tripadvisor and Michelin guide stickers).
Via degli Avignonesi, 22, 00187 Roma
Tu-Sat: 12:45 and 14:45 (lunch); 19:30 and 22:45 (dinner)
Sunday: 12:45 and 14:45 (lunch only)
CLOSED MONDAY (ALL DAY) AND SUNDAY (DINNER)