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Colline Emiliane, Italian Regional Cuisine in Rome

colline emiliane tagliatelle bolognese

You know all those places in Rome that people write nice things about in magazines? Then it turns out the author has never actually been to the venue, is on the take or doesn’t have the slightest clue what good food is supposed to taste like (or all of the above). You’ve wasted your precious time and hard earned money by buying into the hype (inexplicably) surrounding Giolitti, Pierluigi, La Rosetta, and the like. It happens all too often and it’s enough to make any serious gastronomic traveler skeptical of venues that get a lot of coverage.

That’s what makes places like Colline Emiliane all the more comforting. For decades, this family owned and operated restaurant near the Trevi Fountain has been serving satisfying dishes from the Emilia region in northeastern Italy. The place has been in business since 1931—current owners, the Latini family, took it over in 1967—and year in and year out, the kitchen turns out reliable, consistent food that tastes genuine and homemade. It has been in virtually every guidebook, travel magazine and newspaper and it live up to the hype.

colline emiliane lasagna rome

The menu, rich in homemade pasta dishes, changes slightly throughout the year to reflect seasonal variations. In the summertime, you’ll find prosciutto e melone, tortelli di zucca (pumpkin pasta with butter and sage) in the fall and baked apples for dessert in the winter. Year-round you will find tagliatelle alla bolognese and on Sundays, besciamel-laced lasagna is served.

The dishes aren’t the only things to depart from the Roman tradition. They are nice to tourists. In spite of its decades of positive foreign press, the Latini family has not taken their clientele for granted. They are kind, accommodating and respectful of their foreign visitors. The place has become an institution and they know this is thanks, in part, to their foreign fans.

colline emiliane tortellini al brodo

Its popularity with tourists means Colline Emiliane is packed everyday at lunch and dinner, beginning at 12:45pm and 7:30pm sharp (early by local standards). To bypass the early birds and dine amongst locals, reserve a late table and be sure to book or you will likely be turned away from this (deservedly) beloved destination.

Colline Emiliane is located at Via degli Avignonesi 22
Tel: +39 06 4817538
Open Tues-Sat 12:45-2:45pm & 19:30-10:45pm, Sun 12:45-245pm

2017-02-17T15:16:55+00:00 February 2nd, 2013|Categories: Food & Wine, Restaurants, Restaurants in Rome, Rome & Lazio|Tags: |5 Comments


  1. Lou Sernoff April 7, 2013 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Lunch at Colline Emiliane was a culinary highlight of our trip to Rome in 2011. My main dish was tagliatelle bolognese, apparently pictured at the top. Excellent. My wife had the lasagna, pictured second. Beyond wonderful. Normally a light eater, she grudgingly offered only a tiny taste.

    Service cheerful and efficient; prices reasonable. Go!!!

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  4. Lesley Phillippe November 26, 2016 at 11:00 pm - Reply

    I would disagree about how they treat foreigners! After reading this I was so excited to dine there, welcoming the chance to dine somewhere authentic and not touristy. I made a reservation for the following night. I’m not sure if the man was the owner or head waiter but he never came over and spoke to us, although he spent 5-10 minutes at all the other tables being very friendly and chatty. My daughter and I were ignored until finally the young man that cleared the tables came and took our order. We waited so long for our second course that someone came over to ask if we wanted to see the desert menu?!?! This was our last night in Rome and I wanted to have a special dinner with my daughter, but that was not to be. Don’t waste your euros!

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