La Collina – Little Brickhill
01908 764 381 or 01525 261 298
La Collina at The George Inn, Watling Street, Little Brickhill, MK17 9LZ
La Collina – the taste of Italy is closer than you think!
2017 saw the Zeolla family celebrate ten years at La Collina. In that time, a lot has changed. We’ve seen the boys Gianluca and Fabrizio, grow into men. The little girl Gabriella; si è fatta una gran bella donna – ‘she has become a beautiful woman.’ Their father Antonio, might never forgive us for saying so, but his hair is now a little thinner and a litter greyer than when we first met. But what hasn’t changed is Angelina’s lovable, beaming smile every time she greets you. The latter is Antonio’s wife who is responsible for many of the secret ingredients that go into making so many of the fabulous dishes at La Collina.
What has also changed is the quality of the food which was always to a high standard, but can now be called truly outstanding. Somehow, year after year, this venue has continued to improve in everything they do. My guest for the evening hadn’t eaten here before and promptly stated that they never knew food could taste this good!
A restaurant for all occasions
La Collina is very much a restaurant for all seasons and all occasions. Our review was conducted in the summer. As we arrived, the sun was shining, some subtle Italian music was playing in the background, and the garden was full of families enjoying great food and drink. There was a genuinely authentic Italian feel to the place and with such a lovely ambience, we forgave ourselves for thinking we were on holiday.
I started with the Mozzarella in Carrozza. Mozzarella in breadcrumbs with a homemade sweet chilli dip. This might appear in print to be a simple dish – but it looks beautiful and tastes even better. Simplicity at its best! My guest started with Rustic Bruschetta Calabrese. Stone baked bread with Calabrese spicy sausage with sundried tomatoes, garlic, capers, spring onions and olives. This is a gorgeous looking dish, full of colour and in terms of flavour, it really packs a punch. Oozing with freshness, the ingredients combine superbly. The spicy Calabrese is to die for!
For mains I opted for one of the now famous Panzinis. These are dishes totally unique not just to Milton Keynes but anywhere in the world. So much so that Panzini is now protected with its own trademark. I opted for the Panzini Salsiccia Napolitana. Fresh Neapolitana Sausage with sauteed red onion, Vesuvius brocoletti and cheddar. This arrived with a beautiful Mediterranean slaw and hand cut fries. I probably made a mistake in ordering onion rings too but I am not ashamed to state that I finished the lot!
Panzinis really need to be sampled to be believed – there are a number of varieties. It was as if my dish was snuggling me! I was comfortable, happy and extremely content. For those of you arriving here feeling a little hungrier than normal – you might wish to try the extremely tasty Classico! Double homemade gourmet burger with layers of mozzarella, caramelised onions, pork belly and cheddar. Have I been a little greedy and worked my way through the nine different varieties of Panzini? No comment!!
The silent guest….
My guest plumped for an old favourite of theirs and decided to order Bistecca alla Griglia. Slices of rib eye steak on a bed of sautéed peppers, red onions, mushrooms and a spicy garlic tomato sauce with hand cut potato wedges. This dish arrives on a skillet. I heard little from my guest over the ensuing minutes – that might say it all, but when they did stop eating, they ran out of superlatives. With each bite you could taste all the ingredients. They liked the fact that this dish wasn’t too spicy – and their steak was cooked to perfection. The potato wedges were delicious too – bigger than expected but somehow still crunchy on the outside, beautifully soft on the inner and well-seasoned too.
When food is this good, you simply want more….
When you’ve eaten this much you could argue there shouldn’t be room for dessert. The problem is – with food this good, you simply want more. I ordered La Collina’s famous chocolate fudge brownie with vanilla ice cream. Wow! For another relatively simple dish, this looked exquisite and proved a brilliant way to finish. What you cannot help but love about La Collina’s menu is the fact it is continuously brilliant from start to finish. An abundance of choice without the slightest hint of compromising on quality.
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