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17 Princess Road
A canny neighbourhood restaurant for this well-to-do part of town, La Collina hits the spot by offering the comforting familiarity of Italian cuisine presented with a contemporary sheen. Staff are relaxed and eager to please, the interior offers soothing neutrality (neither too smart nor too homely) and outdoor tables make for a proper Mediterranean ambience when the mercury is up. The kitchen sets out its regional stall by offering pan-fried polenta with wild mushrooms, Asiago cheese and black truffles as well as carpaccio of salmon with lemon and pink peppercorn dressing. After that, pasta is always worth a shout (perhaps tortellini in brodo or homemade strozzapreti with wild boar ragù) – or you can proceed straight to a main of, say, pan-fried cod fillet with lentils or calf’s liver veneziana. Desserts are in the classic tiramisu mould, while Italy’s top wine regions get a good showing on the drinks list.
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17 Princess Road
020 7483 0192
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Wed-Sun 12N-2.30pm (Sat-Sun - 3.15pm) Mon-Sun 6-10.15pm (Sun – 9pm)
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Food + drink: 4
This place is small and feels authentic and homely, like places we've eaten in Italy. A selection of breads with fresh and grassy olive oil, a very light vegetable minestrone soup (without pasta or tomatoes thank goodness) and rich parmigiana di melanzane started us off, followed by a whole sea bass baked in sea salt for each of us, with green beans and spinach on the side and a bottle of Sardinian white made an excellent dinner. Not ground breaking, just enjoyable.
Looking at the previous reviews for this restaurant, let's be clear: it changed hands last year, and it is a vast improvement. We went on a hot day last week just after 6 o'clock and we were immediately shown into the garden at th back. For the next hour, we were the only ones in the restaurant; let's face it, who else is mad enough to eat at 6pm, unless, like us, you'd skipped lunch. So service for us was great. By the time we finished the meal, the restaurant had started to fill up, and I suspect it is full nearly every night. This means one thing: the food is good. It was still very hot in the garden, so we started with Vitello Tonnato and the Cold sliced suckling pig. Now, I know they both feature cold sliced meat; if I'd have known I'd be reviewing the restaurant, I would have chosen something hot to start. Never mind, they were both delicious. Then we had Spaghetti with Lobster: half a darling with the most delicious tomato sauce. Needless to say it went everywhere: if the next door table had been filled, it would have coated them, too. And a Veal Milanesa. Now, we're hot on Milanesas in our house: my other half comes from Argentina, where it's a benchmark. This nearly filled the plate (good sign) and certainly came up to scratch (sometimes it's not Veal, but here it was) and the biggest mistake we made was not to order a side dish of potatoes. Two courses with wine came to £88.50 plus service. That still keeps it in the neighbourhood price bracket. Now that Sarde Canale has gone, this is a great Italian restaurant to have on your doorstep.
Food + drink: 5
Lovely Italian restaurant. I have been at ‘La Collina ’ for a special occasion and we have enjoyed till the last second. Thank you to all the staff for their hospitality. Food is delicious. Strong raccomanded!!
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