La Collina

4.6
202 reviews
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Italian
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  • Neighbourhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
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There are all too many restaurant’s in the Chalk Farm and Primrose Hill area of London claiming to be a ‘neighbourhood favourite’ and La Collina is one of only a few really living up to the title. AA Rosette, La Collina is a family run restaurant that just reach is 5th years, offering really authentic Italian food made with quality ingredients sourced to reflect regional flavours from throughout Italy but with a menu particularly influenced by the north of the country.Our fish and meat are British sourced. In addition to favourite Italian dishes, La Collina introduces visitors to less famous regional delicacies with seafood especially worth seeking out and the all-Italian menu equally worthy of attention. Modern but nonetheless unpretentious, the restaurant’s interior allows the menu to do the talking, both the ground floor dining room and the basement space, tucked away and accessible only by spiral staircase, decorated simply with a handful of modern prints and plain furnishings.
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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was lur 40 th wedding anniversary and Patrick made it the most perfect evening for us. We always love coming to La Collina, with family, with friends, dogs but this evening was something special for us. Thank La Collina and Parick

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I
London
1 review
Dined on 5 July 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

I booked at La Collina after it popped up in my inbox as one of the 'best restaurants with outdoor spaces in London'. Well, I haven't seen outside but indoors is slightly more crammed than my dining table at my tiny flat. As I opened the menu, I noticed that prices were much higher than advertised on OpenTable - clearly it's out-dated and deceiving of the value.
Never mind - I thought I'm in for a delicious plate of pasta so it doesn't matter. Oh boy...

My pasta arrived and it was WAY UNDER-COOKED. (trust me, I'm Mediterranean and ate pasta in Italy several times) - hence know what Al Dente is - and this wasn't. The sauce failed to blend in the pasta as hard as it still was - I could still see a raw line of hard pasta in the middle.

So I called the waiter/owner/barman/doorman altogether, and politely asked him to check my pasta as I think it was severely under-cooked. Without glancing at it, he said "that's impossible, the chef has been making it for X years and it's always 7 minutes in boiling water" suggesting I'm either a liar or a dumb that doesn't know how to eat good pasta.

Anyways, I stopped eating - I couldn't stomach it or it'll make me sick. Waiters passed by several times noticing my full plate of pasta on the side - they even took the plate off my table and no-one even bothered to ask what's wrong.

In the end, I wasn't charged for my dish - yet no one communicated anything at any time. All good money wise but all I wanted is a nice pasta dish and memorable experience. I guess I got the latter in one way or another.

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L
London
2 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Experience was very easy, the food is really good. I’ve been a few times and usually get the bolognese which is really good. I noticed that the waiters were really helpful to people around - they opened the back up to allow an elderly couple in and had preprepared their table with champagne and wine for them which was really nice.

As with all restaurants, must check the bill before paying in case of any additional unexpected items

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 18 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a very special spot! Great for everyday dining and special occasions! The food is spectacular and the people who work there are incredible!!!! ENJOY!!!

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AL
London
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is incredible. The quality of food is outstanding and the service is impeccable. I would definitely recommend it to people who are fed up of all these fake Italian chains and want to try authentic Italian food.

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A
London
10 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A really excellent "local" restaurant with a delightful team. Husband and wife are Maitre D and Chef respectively and have been running this establishment for a number of years. The quality of food (fresh ingredients, home made pastas, very good fish, authentic and well prepared), service and level of detail and attention are consistent and high. A super "local" restaurant. Recommended.

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CC
London
5 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely loved our dinner. Sat outside on the patio. All dishes were delicious. House red wine was delicious

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 19 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A superb London dining experience. We can’t wait to return!

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LL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really good Italian in a neighborhood setting. Pasta is amazing, fresh mushrooms and top quality ingredients. Love.

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OT
London
3 reviews
Dined on 31 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing dinner and atmosphere!

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A
Glasgow
8 reviews
Dined on 17 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a really impressive small local restaurant. Salads, main courses and tiramisu were all fantastic. Don't be frightened to order cheapest house white wine in 500ml carafe - it's really good. We drunk the Valpollicella Ripasso with main courses - really very good.

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i
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very pleasant meal, maybe a bit pricey

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P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 3 March 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Every aspect of dining in this lovely neighbourhood Italian restaurant is great! I go often.

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i
London
25 reviews
Dined on 2 March 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very nice friendly service. Pleasant ambiance and good food. Hadn’t been for a while but will definitely go back

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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 24 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Don’t have anything new to write. As always everything was perfect last Sunday and if possible my paccheri was even better. We love coming on Sunday evenings as it is so peaceful and though we miss Patrick , Luca is a really excellent replacement and he loves Jama the Labrador who also thinks La Collina is his favourite restaurant.

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DB
London
1 review
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great food and good wine. Very decent veggie options - although would be nice to have s choice of main courses. Love this place.

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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 3 February 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always we had a great dinner at La Collina. Patrick was not there but Luca looked after us so well. What made it even more special was not only as always could we bring Jama the black lab in, but Koa the cocker spaniel came too!!!

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MB
London
6 reviews
Dined on 20 January 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific casalinga cooking, excellent value, lovely place all around.

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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had one of the best New Year celebrations at La Collina. The menu was amazing. The atmosphere very jolly. Patrick and his staff continue to amaze me at how such a small number of them cope so brilliantly

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S
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Lovely, small-scale neighborhood restaurant with excellent food (we went there twice and were only visiting the area for a few days) and super friendly service. Our group had pasta, fish and meat dishes and were happy with all of them. Reasonable prices. Not noisy! Wish we lived there, we'd go there all the time!

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H
Hertfordshire
2 reviews
Dined on 30 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An excellent family Italian restaurant, very close to Regents Park. Food was delightful and the service was impeccable. Thoroughly recommended.

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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 16 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always La Collina was superb. On Sunday we brought noisy great niece and nephew and Patrick dealt with it in his usual calm and warm fashion. We think of La Collina as our family restaurant.

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PH
London
39 reviews
Dined on 8 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good as usual, great local find, been coming here for ages.

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S
London
5 reviews
Dined on 1 December 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, good polite service, goof value for money. Nice ambience

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g
London
14 reviews
Dined on 25 November 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Meeting with friend emigrating. Very good service and adaptability.

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s
London
151 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Accommodating and helpful with good food and hospitality

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K
London
25 reviews
Dined on 4 November 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

La Collina is always brilliant whenever we go. Last Sunday we went with some visiting American friends. The food was amazing. For the first time I abandoned yummy pastas and had the veal chop with mushrooms and truffles. It was divine. Hope it’s on the menu again.

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AR
London
21 reviews
Dined on 26 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner enormously, thanks to the outstanding quality of the food and the splendid, unobtrusive service.

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D
New York Area
348 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

This location, in its various incarnations has been special for me for more than 30 years. When we lived around the corner it was our neighbourhood go-to destination. We now live more than 3000 miles away, but visit on every London visit.

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OT
London
7 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a great dinner and the service was outstanding.

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C
London
1 review
Dined on 14 August 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This place has so much potential - amazing neighbourhood, cute/simple decor, very friendly and welcoming, clean, etc. The staff is very good too and really try hard to please. But it's really undone by the food. It's not that the food is bad or bad quality necessarily - just very uninspired. It's kind of the classical Italian menu you would expect to find on a high street with nothing out of the ordinary. With a slight kitchen revamp this place could really be something special

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MR
1 review
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We have been to this restaurant loads of times as we love the food.

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J
London
7 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

A lovely cool courtyard, prompt service, delicious food, I will definitely go back & would recommend it for good quality Italian food. I thought the price of the alcohol was on the high side but otherwise reasonable value for money.

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C
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really great food, service and nice environment. Love it and will definitely come back with friends!

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EJ
London
10 reviews
Dined on 21 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Very good local restaurant. Excellent friendly service and delicious food.

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P
London
10 reviews
Dined on 15 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great neighbourhood Italian restaurant. Good food, decent price, attentive and courteous staff. We go here often and it’s consistently reliable.

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AD
London
9 reviews
Dined on 7 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A very pleasant meal, out in the garden on an extremely warm evening so very pleasant indeed

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EE
3 reviews
Dined on 1 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual the staff is super friendly and food is amazing! they always try to vary the menu with seasonal ingredient, but still keep some of the starred dishes - so there is always the option of confy food as well

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OC
London
2 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic. Excellent food and service.

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PH
London
39 reviews
Dined on 10 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

This is an excellent local restaurant, serving up consistently good food. Highly recommend.

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