Image: Bucatini “Cacio e Pepe”
Last Updated: September 2021
Current Status: They are open Thursday to Sunday, 5:00 to 9:00 pm. Take-out and delivery are available. Proof of vaccine or recent test required to dine inside.
Overview: La Collina sits next to its sister restaurant The Duck and The Peach and even share the same kitchen and executive chef. The food is straight-forward Italian done well. It is a little newer, shinier than a typical neighborhood Italian spot, and it is a little more refined than a simple red sauce joint, but it does have that warm, comforting vibe that welcomes walk-ins, serves wine in liter carafes (and smaller sizes), and will almost assuredly have a ragu dish on the menu. They do right by the classics. The meatballs are not dense, the arancini are cheesy, and the fried artichokes are meaty. The whole branzino is a dramatic presentation, but actually is flavored simply. The one nit was that the focaccia could use some help. The wine list is broken up by style. There is a sparkling, sparkling rosé, rosé, white, big-bodied red and a lighter red. All are served by the glass, ½ carafe of full liter carafe. Producers, vintages, appellations be damned. The chocolate budino is both visually and gastronomically appetizing. This place is a treat for those on the Hill and for those who happen to be nearby.
A charge of 22% is added as their way to get around increasing prices or relying on tips. According to the site, all of it goes directly to payroll and benefits of the team.
Washington Post: Tom said nice things in a paired review with The Duck and The Peach.
Washingtonian: Story on the set of restaurants coming, with indications of paths not taken.
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