This post is a pumpkin post masquerading as a restaurant update. The restaurant is Colline Emiliane, which has been serving well made food from central Italy in Rome for decades. They specialize in food from Emilia Romagna and their strong point is, not surprisingly, hand made pasta. So primary are the sheets of thinly rolled egg pasta to the identity of the place, that they have a pasta kitchen with windows opening onto the dining room and the street.
While this is one of the few places in Rome I’d permit you to indulge your cravings for lasagna or fettucine Bolognese, I highly suggest you go the pumpkin route (I warned you). Their tortelli di zucca are the best, lightest, most exquisite pumpkin tortelli around. They come to the table bathed in a sage-infused butter, and just a light dusting of parmigiana.
Another nice thing about the tortelli? They are so light you don’t have to feel guilty about ordering a second course. I recently had the fegato alla Veneziana: smothered in onions, it was perfect and hard to find this well made in Rome. Also? Came with a side order of mashed potatoes. Which is a good thing.
Do. Not. Skip. Dessert. They are all home made and superb. A recent slice of Lemon Chiffon Pie (for real!) still has me dreaming.
Note: I tend to go at lunch time, when there is only one seating and things are a bit more relaxed. Their ‘hidden gem’ status has long since fled out the window, and they now have two seatings in the evening. Make sure you reserve, whether for lunch or dinner. And when I do go in the evening, I go for the first seating, at 7:30, since the 9:30 reservations are always waiting on the street. Just saying.
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