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Dress Attire - Colline Emiliane

dzier Feb 26, 2007 02:44 PM

My summer Rome itinerary has us eating at Colline Emiliane just off the Barberini metro stop after a day at the Vatican, Spanish steps and Borghese Park. My question is does this restaurant have a dress code or will it be a problem walking in with casual tourist clothing? I've only seen one indication that this might be a problem...every other mention doesn't speak of a dress requirement.

Do most restaurants have a similar expectation?

Anybody been to Colline Emiliane recently?

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    pepoling Feb 26, 2007 03:48 PM

    I was there last Saturday. My mother and I just had on sweaters and black pants. I don't seem to remember seeing anyone really dressed up, I think you will be fine. Also, travelling in Rome in the summer, it is so hot that most people really dress pretty casually. I always wore the same thing all day sightseeing and going to dinner.

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      dzier Feb 26, 2007 05:12 PM

      Outstanding!...so nice to hear from an eye witness. I did read your post on another topic about your visit. Where did you eat on Sunday lunch or dinner?

      I'm trying to find a place within walking distance from the Coliseum or Caracala that's open on a Sunday...any recommendations? I'm considering hiking up to Cavour 313, assuming its open on Sunday afternoon. Just don't want to get stuck on a Sunday afternoon.

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        bglicklich Feb 27, 2007 04:05 PM

        We enjoyed DaGiggetto enormously ourselves, in the Jewish Ghetto. I have read vaying reviews here, but we were there about 3 weeks ago for an excellent lunch. They are open Sunday.

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          pepoling Mar 1, 2007 05:50 AM

          Sunday lunch we had at Gina, right by the Spanish steps.
          Dinner we ate at Margutta Ristor'arte (vegetarian restaurant, but extremely gourmet) on via Margutta. Both we loved, and are easy to get to via subway.

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          1. re: pepoling
            dzier Mar 3, 2007 02:20 PM

            Pepoling...I did come across Gina in my research and we're planning to eat there before heading into Borghese...perhaps a picnic...was it to your satisfaction?

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              pepoling Mar 4, 2007 10:21 AM

              Yes, we loved it. The portions are generous and the food is of high quality. We enjoyed a buffalo mozzerella and tomato sandwich, and a salad with ham and parmesan cheese. The menu is huge so there is a lot to choose from. The desserts are also to die for - try the apple tart/cake thing - it's amazing.

          2. jen kalb Mar 3, 2007 08:34 PM

            youve gotten several responses - all I will add is that something like "business casual" will generally work fine in Rome city restaurants; athletic clothing, tees, fleece, shorts, etc are less in keeping except in informal places, pizzerias, etc. Many of the restaurants in the "centro" are business and celebratory restaurants for Italians. A blazer, a sweater, a decent shirt - all will help a man blend in.

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              glbtrtr Mar 8, 2007 07:33 PM

              Female: Read a book once called Dress Like an Italian - and it started out assuming you had an Arrmani jacket (try ebay) and then you could dress it up or down, but that was your basic to work with. Jeans or a skit or dress pants with a crispy white blouse or light turtleneck still looks quietly elegant and casual. Real gold jewelry was all else you needed and some killer high heels with expensive leather bag. Still sounds like a good wardrobe to get you most anywhere in Italy. Go dark at night and add a lovely Italian silk scarf for dramatic effect and you are packed now and ready to go.

              1. erica Mar 9, 2007 04:51 AM

                I don't know what you mean by casual tourist clothing, but I would not go to Colline E. or any other nice trattoria/restaurant in Rome wearing white sneakers and/or shorts. I am sure you did not mean this type of dress...

                It is a nice place...we had dinner here in January.

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                  Campania Mar 9, 2007 12:29 PM

                  Look at the Italians around you and try to blend in. It seems to be a casual affair "Italian Style" which means casual business in the USA.

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                    dzier Mar 13, 2007 03:35 PM

                    Casual tourist, meaning jeans or casual dress slacks, capri pants, solid-color polo or collar-less dress shirt. We're coming from the Vatican and Borghese before dinner at Colline E., so we won't be in shorts ... does that help! Just don't want to be surprised when we walk in ...

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