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Jan 25, 2011 01:46 PM

La Collina

I have never been to La Collina but was looking for a special place to take my mother for her 92nd
It was recommended to me. Has anyone been there lately?

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  1. Was there last about three years ago. Very old style Italian, with captains, sort of a classier South Phila Saloon. Food and wine were fine. Experience was enjoyable, price was a little higher than would expect, but the rooms are pretty and seating is quite comfortable and distanced from your neighbor.

    1. I haven't been there in years, but I can still remember having a wonderful meal stuffed calamari and a great view.

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      1. re: cgarner

        It sounds good, thanks for the info.

      2. The food at La Collina is good but the place is pricey and the place is overly rehearsed. Reminds me of when I took my Father to a La Collina-type restaurant when he was 93 -- when he received his $26 miniature lamb chop dinner, he loudly announced "I could have bought the whole lamb for TWENTY-SIX DOLLARS." He, of course, was acting out. He might not have been so chintzy and brash if the place had been more welcoming.

        1. We have been there a few times in the last year and each visit was consistently excellent. The food and level of service are what you would expect of a fine dining restaurant. I disagree that theya re overly "rehearsed." The waitstaff is well schooled in service.

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            1. re: bocellifan

              It was a long time ago that I was there so was not going to post, but have to say, my experience then matched jgottlob, would definitely go back.

              1. re: bonappetite

                La Collina is an excellent choice for what you want. A great special occasion feel, your mom will be made to feel special. its the kind of place where you will want to get a little dressed up.

          1. I feel obligated to add this to my earlier comments about La Collina for a 92nd birthday dinner. Dinner out with somebody who is 92 should be based on their perspective and limitations rather than the preferences of people half their age. In old age, eating becomes a matter of survival rather than a source of pleasure. La Collina might be the best place in the world for your Mom, but it's possible that she might be just as satisfied with something more simple, more intimate, less expensive and less time-consuming. Wherever you celebrate your Mother's birthday, YOU (not the food, ambiance, waitstaff or decor) will be her main focus.

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            1. re: Enjoy Good Food

              my 90 year old mother would give you an earful. My siblings think she won't eat - funny how that's never the case when we cook for her or we take her to one of the restaurants we enjoy. I was counting on her not eating all of the courses of the vetri tasting menu - I was sorely disappointed!

              1. re: Bigley9

                Lucky you, Bigley9, to have a Mom with a robust appetite. What her favorite restaurant?

                1. re: Enjoy Good Food

                  She loves alot of places - the aforementioned Vetri was her 89th birthday dinner. She is always up for a trip to Matt Ito's Fuji in Haddonfield. We go to Cucina Forte because it is close to our house. Had a great dinner at Southwark in the fall. She lives in NE Phila, not much there but she used to go to Paloma, now Emma's Cafe and Moonstruck.
                  My siblings take her to chains - then fret that she doesn't eat!
                  (edit: and I am very lucky!)

                2. re: Bigley9

                  Yep my mom is young (82), her sister is older (90). They are both very small women and can eat me under the table. Both enjoy fine dining, but prefer quiet places (hearing isn't what it used to be) with nice decor.