Mercato di Mezzo: Fast food, Bologna style
In the heart of the Quadrilatero a former vegetable market has been turned into Bologna's answer to a food hall. It seemed popular with locals at least as much as with visitors, and would be a good choice if you’re travelling with picky children or in a group with very varied tastes. There are lots of stands where you can choose your food and drink, each specialising in something different – seafood, pizza, gelato, baked goods, salads, coffee, alcoholic drinks etc. Once you have paid you can take your chosen items to enjoy at a table in the centre of hall or sit at one of the few tables outside on Via Clavature. We did the latter so we could people-watch. We’d chosen from a stall selling sandwiches, salads etc., and both had filled croissants – mine with spinach and ricotta, Chris's with prosciutto and mozzarella. These plus a lemonade each cost €11 in total and made a tasty lunchtime snack.
Refreshed, we can explore a nearby sight, the church of Santa Maria da Vita.
Il Calice: Lively spot in the Quadrilatero
On our first evening in Bologna we headed for the Quadrilatero area as that seemed to be a likely spot for pre-dinner drinks. I had read that many bars here charge for what can be a substantial apperitivo offering of antipasti plus drink. Our preference though is to save our appetite for dinner itself and maybe have just a small bite to eat with our drinks, so we were hoping to find places where you could buy just a drink. Luckily we were to come across plenty of these during our stay, and this first evening got off to a great start with drinks at il Calice. This is a small bar with an outside seating area on Via Clavature, the main thoroughfare (if a narrow pedestrianised street can be said to be a thoroughfare!) of the Quadrilatero. It’s one of those super-useful places where you can get anything from a drink through a light snack to a full meal. On this first evening we just had those pre-dinner drinks we sought - an Aperol Spritz for me (€7.50) and a small beer for Chris (€4.00). Although we weren’t charged for antipasti, the drinks did come with lots of free snacks – olives, crisps, tortilla chips and dip, celery and carrot sticks, bruschetta. More than we really wanted, but of course they were there in front of us and we ate!
We liked the buzzy atmosphere here and the friendly service, so we returned another evening for dinner. We shared a board of cold meats, pecorino cheese (with delicious fig jam) and local style bread, tigelle, a bit like a thick round pitta. For his main course Chris had lasagne and I had tagliatelle al ragù. Everything was very good, although my tagliatelle was rather too large a portion! Certainly we had no room for dessert. I drank two glasses of an excellent white wine, Progetto, and Chris two glasses of Sangiovese. All in all, a very good meal for €58 and with lovely friendly service too.
After drinks here on the first evening we walked just a short distance down Via Clavature to CliveT restaurant for dinnerRelated to:
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Clavature Clive T: Lovely dinner in a pleasant setting
We chose this restaurant for our first evening in Bologna on the recommendation of Ingrid/Trekki. We liked the look of the outside seating and there were a couple of tables available for us to choose from, so I never saw inside and can’t comment on that. But certainly sitting outside on Via Clavature on a warm September evening was a real pleasure, as was the tastiness of the food and the friendly service.
There is a tempting menu with local specialities and others from elsewhere in Italy. They state that all their pasta is hand-made on the premises – good to know. Chris and I both chose the same starter, strawberries and Parmesan with balsamic vinegar. In truth one of these would have been large enough for the two of us, and my only small complaint is that our otherwise friendly and helpful waitress might have pointed that out. To follow this we both had pasta dishes – for me tortelloni filled with ricotta, served with butter and sage (which were delicious – very light and just to my taste) and for Chris tagliatelle al ragù Bolognese, which he very much enjoyed.
Despite the large starter I couldn’t resist having a semifreddo for dessert as I love them! They didn't have the hazelnut one listed on the menu but the waitress offered me a choice of coffee or chocolate. I chose the former and it was really excellent. Chris didn’t want a dessert but had a caffe corettto. We paid €61 in total which included a glass of wine each, and thoroughly enjoyed our first Bolognese dinner.
On now to our next restaurant, Cesarina
Caffe del Mercato: A little disappointing
Having enjoyed all the meals we had eaten while in Bologna, and concluding that it certainly lived up to its foodie reputation, we were a bit disappointed with this last lunch-time choice. We needed to eat slightly early before leaving for the airport and spotted a vacant table in the narrow streets of the Quadrilatero at this traditional-looking café. The menu had the lighter options we were looking for and we both chose piadini with rocket, ricotta and prosciutto. These were unfortunately a bit under-filled and rather dry. People seated near us were eating salads, which looked quite nice, and pasta dishes which looked OK, so maybe we made a poor choice, but there are better places to eat than this in my opinion. It could however be a fun place for a pre-dinner drink as the atmosphere in these narrow alleyways is lively at that time of day – although you would be lucky to get a seat at one of the few tables.
Now it’s time we had some gelati
Trattoria del Borgo: Borgo di Monteveglio
The fortified village of Monteveglio is under a a hill where on the top ther is the Abbasìzia, a little fortified 'borgo' with some restaured house.
The tradiional Emilia cuisine is queen there, with hand made pasta with champignon, or 'Tartufo', Crescentine and salumi, mortadella, ciccioli and ham.
Try the crescentine with the jam too...superb!
This is the Colli Bolognesi Doc wine area...try them.
Bergamini Duillio: Cafè, Wine bar and more
If you are in San Giovanni Persiceto you have to visit this place: u can find good coffe, tea or pasty, but also a good wine cellar where u cand 'degustare' different wine with some appetizer...becouse you need don't be drunked!
The palce was established in 1902 and it's still there with is fantastic 'rosolio'.
La Torre di Iano: The best for a romantic evening!
The palce is magic, on a nice little valley near Sasso Marconi, 10 km from Bologna...it's a ancient borguoise mansion (1884), built on a medieval structure, with a great big terrace face to the valley where u can eat in the summer, but in the winter u can dining in front of the firepalce.
And if u want to stop here they have also rooms.
Favorite Dish: The cuisine is refined, bolongese and particular dishes with a special attention to a new way to prepare them and to the season products, the cellar is perfect and also the service and the ambience....when I want to give me a present I dine here!
If u want somethin more easy go to Osteria di Colle Ameno
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PIZZERIA "LA FATTORIA": The best pizza
This pizzeria is my favourite. Unfortunately this place is out of Bologna and you need the car to find this place in the countriside.
Open at h18:00-02:00, closed monday and thursday
Visa, Cartasì, Diners, Bancomat
40017 San Giovanni in Persiceto (BO), località Amola, Via Crevalcore, 84
Favorite Dish: ...here you can find about 200 different type of very good pizza (with and without tomatoes and also a sweet pizza). The last time I had the “Pizza ai qattro funghi” and the sweet pizza “mascarpone, fragole and noci al miele”. This last one is normally eaten by more people together, but you can ask one only for you if you like. The characteristic of this pizza is to be made by soya beans and wheat flowr and to be normal size or big and very thin. This last one is the one I prefer.Related to:
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Terere grill: Terere grill
On week-ends a live music is also played, so you wouldnt be bored when you would be finishing your 13th kind of meat.
Favorite Dish: There is one great thing for all the hungry ones. When you enter you pay 35 EUR and then all the food you see is yours. There are 15 different kind of meat and the waiter is always there to serve you. Bouno apetitto!
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The food is delicious.. If you make your way to this restaurant you'll probably be living with full paunch and very very satisfied..
Favorite Dish: My fave here is fiorentina and ravioli..
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