I visit Mantova very often to spend time with my family,but only recently I've discovered la colonna. Unfortunately!!! I was in Mantova for 2 weeks and I came here 3 times. The pizza is amazing. I just love it. Thin, fluffy crust, crunchy, and loaded. I had pizza with octopus and sardines and it was amazing. I had risotto with shellfish and it was perfect to me: risotto is not easy to cook, so well done. Fish tasty and fresh. The only problem is that the portions are MASSIVE so I couldn't finish it. What a waste. My husband had 'la mangio tutta' once, a pizza for 2/3 people but he had it himself. Stuffed crust to die for and lashes of cheese. Desserts are lovely, mostly made by a couple of very famous pasticcerie in Mantova. Highly recommend the lemon one!!! The last time I was there for lunch with the whole family. Lunch is very busy, I guess because the prices are unbelievable considering what you get. Luckily we booked a table. There's a massive buffet with an amazing choice of food. Oh, the melanzane alla parmigiana... Just like grandma used to make!!! I had quite a lot of it... And the potato gratin and the veggie lasagne. I want to marry the chef! We had different things... I had a pizza (to be honest I was given the wrong one, but I ate it anyway... Lovely), my little daughter had a baby pizza (still pretty big, but you can take the leftovers home), my husband gnocchi with cheese, my dad spaghetti allo scoglio, my mum fritto misto. Every menu of choice includes the buffet, drinks (water and wine) and coffee, ranging from 10 to 14 euros. We paid 54 euros in 5. Everything was tasty and copious, only my mum had problems with the fish: she said it wasn't properly cooked and she felt unwell all day. I didn't try the fish so I cannot prove her right or wrong. I think she should have sent it back immediately instead of eating it all. I can only suggest to tell the staff immediately if there are any problems, because they are all very friendly and helpful.
The place gets packed quickly and can get noisy. Big car park.
I'll surely be back.
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