17 Princess Road, Chalk Farm, LONDON, NW1 8JR
La Collina is a relaxed and authentic neighbourhood Italian for the boho-chic residents of Primrose Hill, its discreet black frontage slotted into an elegant terrace. Inside, the place is simplicity itself: cream walls without adornment, dark pine floors, black leather seats and white tablecloths, and a small bar in the corner, all flooded with light from large sash windows. A cast-iron spiral staircase coils down to the basement, where you get a ringside seat for the tiny open kitchen - the domain of chef Diana Rinaldo who sends out homespun regional, ingredient-led dishes offering a pleasing mix of tradition and more modish thinking. A starter of home-made pappardelle with cep mushroom sauce is just what Italian food is all about: simple, seasonal and fresh. Next up, spanking fresh sea bass fillets are flavoured with tomatoes, thyme, and white wine, and to finish, the house tiramis? is a paragon of its ilk. All-Italian wines, and friendly Latin service add to the appeal.
Tel: 020 7483 0192
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Dates closed: Xmas wk
Days closed for lunch: Mon
Cooking type: Modern Italian
Chef: Diana Rinaldo
Number of seats: 40
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £13.50
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