We discovered Colline Emiliane Ristorante through Italy Magazine, a free guide we received from purchasing TrenItalia train tickets.
Located along Via degli Avignonesi and near to Trevi Fountain off a quiet alley this is a cozy place to enjoy a meal. They make their own pasta on site. You can watch the chefs through the glass windows preparing the pastas. We arrived with no reservations, however this was not a problem and we were guided to our table in the front room. Our server was friendly and spoke English which helped make the communication easier. We started off with a refreshing mushroom salad with celery. Nicely presented, the flavour of the mushrooms were complimented by the celery. We ordered Tagliatelle alla Bolognese (homemade tagliatelle in a ragu sauce) and Polpette di Manzo Fritte con Purea (Fried meat balls with mashed potatoes). Our respective dishes were delicious. My meat balls were nicely flavoured and crumbled apart quite easily. A balsamic drizzle and three different dipping splashes provided some extra flavouring. Fig was pretty good but I liked the balsamic drizzle the best. The mashed potato was very soft and creamy.
We finished our meal with an espresso and shared a Torta Meringata al Limone (Lemon meringue pie). This Torta Meringata al Limone was the best we ever had. The crust was like a cookie. The lemon custard was very thick. The meringue had a very crispy outer shell while fluffy the n the inside. Outstanding!!
We enjoyed this experience so much we returned the next day for lunch again. This time we made reservations. We started out with a platter of assorted meats with crackers and fried porcini mushrooms with basil mayo dip. Both of these dishes were delicious! What stood out most for us, though was the basil mayo dip. This was outstanding! The refreshing flavour of basil in a creamy dip was amazing and complimented the fried porcini mushrooms so well.
For our meal, we ordered a porcini mushroom pasta plate from the daily specials menu and Taglioni con Culatello (Homemade thin tagliatelle with cured ham). This was my favourite dish of the entire trip. The pasta was nicely al dente. The cured ham meaty and was a generous portion. Together, very delicious!! We finished things off with the Torta Meringata al Limone again. I miss this already. With delicious homemade pasta, friendly service and a delicious menu, we highly recommend Colline Emiliane Ristorante when visiting Rome.
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