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Our philosophy of limiting choice to the best and the essential is as true of our menus as it is of our Wine & Spirits Lists. Inspired by the culinary traditions of Rome and our family’s hometown of Amatrice we aim to reintroduce and reinterpret the genuine flavours of the past through the use of the finest ingredients, many of them sourced from small craft producers in and around Amatrice. Among our chef’s must-try pasta dishes we find “Gnocchi Ricci di Amatrice al Ragu di Castrato”, Carbonara, Amatriciana, Gricia and Cacio e Pepe followed by main courses of beef cheek braised in Madreselva wine with basil oil flavoured potato purée. Our Gastronomy Kiosk boasts Razza Nera hams from Accumoli
PRICE RANGE
$14 - $96
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Italian, Mediterranean, Wine Bar, Romana, Lazio, Central-Italian
FEATURES
Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Wine and Beer
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Reviewed November 8, 2020

Well I can’t really disagree with the headline of the last review but if it’s “average” – why not give it an average score? Whatever… I had such high hopes of Collegio - being literally around the corner from our favourite hotel and having both...restaurant and bar. Under normal circumstances, it could have serviced all of our needs. Sadly for everyone, the Covid situation changed all that. Customer numbers inevitably took a nose-dive due to the pandemic. On the day of our visit, we were the only diners indoors. The few poor souls who ate outside, in the glorious, warm late autumn sunshine, had their ears assailed by the constant low-frequency “thrum” from a portable generator nearby. Piazza Capranica was quite the little gathering-place for protests and political party grandstanding. Being on our own didn’t bother us too much but the constant adjustment of the piped-music levels did. One minute raised voices were required – the next the music almost disappeared. The patron popped in on a few occasions to gauge the amplitude. Perhaps it was a brave but futile attempt to try and drown out the noise from the generator? It wasn’t too serious to be honest but the food? Now that’s a different story. The “Tagliere del Collegio” starter was a very good selection of cheeses and cold cuts, an excellent start to the meal. All the items were of good quality and there was ample for two persons. I followed this with a fillet steak which was well cooked, (having a good “crust”) and quite a decent sized cut for €24. It was served with some very “meaty” fungi, which again – were of good quality. The whole thing was almost spoiled by a “fruity” sauce that liberally dressed the steak and plate. It wasn’t unpleasant but it didn’t really bring anything to the “party” - as it were. That steak could have simply spoken for itself. My wife’s “Mezze maniche carbonara” was truly appalling. I can take poor versions of this classic – but not in Rome. The pasta tubes were well cooked but the carbonara sauce was simply a pale-yellow “soup”, with hardly any flavour whatsoever. When I say “soup” the pasta was literally floating in it. My wife could have eaten the sauce with a spoon. None of the richness of egg-yolk, or even the “heresy” of cream, with almost no cheese flavour. The guanciale had been fried to a crisp and sprinkled on top. Quite the most awful carbonara we had all week, with my wife being unable to finish it. On the basis of this, my wife nearly dodged the dessert, (very rare occurrence for her), but the sound of a coconut panna cotta drew her in and that brought things back to a more reasonable standard. Light, not too much gelatine and a lovely rich but not overpowering coconut flavour. With the meal we had a very good and competitively priced bottle of Primitivo and I had another glass of red, while my wife ate her dessert. The coffees and grappa were also excellent. Service was very good, (sound problems apart), and were it not for that appalling carbonara would have merited a strong four stars. That appalling mess dragged it down to an “average” three.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 28, 2020 via mobile

Such a bang average restaurant - Looks really pleasant from the outside but go in and it’s just super bland dishes devoid of flavour and a terrible ambience - Truly sterile. It’s genuinely difficult to find food cooked without passion and care in Rome, but...this is the exception. Avoid, and go to any number of better alternatives.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 10, 2020 via mobile

The entire dinner was amazing. The food was delicious, it’s beautifully located and the staff was really friendly!

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed September 7, 2020 via mobile

Worth seeking out! Prices for superb flavoured food with Lazio wine are very reasonable. Following the Covid lockdown the decor and menu have been very effectively transformed.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

Get Fulvio to make you a Bloody Mary - splash of sherry, celery, fresh fennel and singed rosemary. In short, outstanding and only matched by the playlist. Most definitely worth a visit no matter how limited your time in this great city.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 27, 2020 via mobile

We come here every time we visit Rome. It is consistent - food always good and staff always friendly.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 14, 2020 via mobile

Excellent food, drinks and service. We found this place at the last minute for Valentine's day and were seated immediately without reservation even though it was busy. We were even given a free valentine's dessert, a great touch. Highly recommended - Grazie!

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 17, 2020 via mobile

It was so promising but with the exception of one staff member the staff were utterly rude. It was our last Friday in Rome and wanted something nice. The food was good. However, the staff left very much to be desired. We were eight minutes...late for our reservation (acceptable in Australia). Our table was taken away. Just a terrible and disappointing experience. Ruined our last night in Rome. Avoid if you can.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Collegio, Responsabile relazioni con la clientela at Collegio - Cucina, Vini & Liquori, responded to this reviewResponded January 18, 2020
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Gentile Cliente, Ci dispiace leggere la sua recensione, e ci scusiamo. Riteniamo che sia leggermente sbagliato il suo punteggio, valutare...More

Reviewed January 2, 2020

Excellent! Thank you very much!food, service and ambiance was more than great.we love this place and strongly recommend to everybody! Еда качественная и вкусная! Обслуживание на высоком уровне! Ребята молодцы! Выбор вин отличный! Расположение самое сердце Рима, возлеПантеона.

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed November 8, 2019

I ordered a simple traditional Italian aperitif. They served me a different drink. The staff, especially the bartender, had no concern that the drink was not what I had ordered. The error was not corrected nor was I told what the drink was until I...pressed my inquiry. The bartender had not made a mistake he was just indifferent to give me a drink that I wanted.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Collegio, Direttore at Collegio - Cucina, Vini & Liquori, responded to this reviewResponded November 22, 2019

Dear customer, we are sorry to read your review, we are always very attentive to our customers' requests. He could ask about the room manager and we would find a good solution. We apologize again. Collegio – Vini Liquori & Cibo

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