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    Ristorante Da Nello al Montegrappa del 1948: Cucina Tipica Bolognese (Authentic local cuisine)

    by lee.evelyn Written May 19, 2011

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    The restaurant is celebrating its 65th year in 2011. Most of the waiters here have been working in this restaurant for over 33 years or more. They all have a profound knowledge of their wonderful food and excellent wines on the menu.
    The ambiance is cozy-elegant with wooden panels on the wall and white tablecloth.
    Everything is home made and even the vegetables and salads prepared when ordered. I you have a table upstairs you can watch these being prepared.
    The restaurant is very popular with people from the opera and theatre. It is always busy especially in the evening. Pre-booking is essential.
    Open for lunch and dinner.

    Favorite Dish: Depending on the season:fresh mushrooms: Funghi Porcini or Spugnole (morels) or grilled oyster mushrooms
    fresh home made pasta, excellent veal or meat dishes and seafood or fish
    Home made Zuppa Inglese or fresh berries from the forest

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    Pizzaria Pino: Pizza and street cafe

    by DSwede Updated May 4, 2011

    Walking around for several hours, we found ourselves hungry and in a pinch to find something that was open between the regular dining hours and willing to make a meal rather quickly since we had limited time. The man at Pino was willing to take the challenge. The restaurant has many indoor tables, but also a dozen tables outside on its own private patio.

    The restaurant is rather new, with no decoration particularly noteworthy, but nice nonetheless.

    Favorite Dish: Obviously being a pizzaria, you really can't go wrong with these. The were quite sizeable and had sufficient toppings. The pasta dishes were also good, but focus on the pizzas.

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    Sorbetteria Castiglione: Sorbetteria Castiglione - top class ice cream

    by sue_stone Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    I had read about a very special place to have some gelato - apparently locals travelled from the other side of town just to sample a creamy scoop or two.

    Sorbetteria Castiglione was its name, and it was worth our walk in the rain. This gelateria/pasticceria/bar was thankfully open on a Sunday afternoon. I was pleased as I got to see evidence of locals pulling up in their cars and not only buying a couple of scoops to eat then, but also some takeaway tubs to eat later.

    Favorite Dish: The staff were smiley and friendly, and patient while we scanned the various flavours. Alex opted for the chocolate and coffee flavours, while I had the coffee and coconut. The ice cream was lovely - nice and creamy.

    Go there!

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    Caffè Opera e Tulipani: A Meal by a Waterfall

    by von.otter Updated Nov 10, 2010

    The fare at this cafe is standard.

    What is not standard is the location, directly next to one of Bologna’s little-known canals. The rear dining room looks out onto a raging waterfall, spilling into a canal.

    Eat here for the wonderful atmosphere!

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    Ristorante Diana: Authentic Local Cuisine

    by MM212 Updated Nov 8, 2010

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    Conserving old world feel and decoration, Ristorante Diana has been an establishment in Bologna since the 1920s. It serves authentic emiliana cuisine, including tortelli, tortellini, lasagne and fritti misti al bolognese. With the white table cloth and high end service comes a slightly higher price than other restaurants in town, but nothing exorbitant. Diana is conveniently located in the centre of town on the wide thoroughfare, Via dell'Indipendenza.

    [Note: Ristorante Diana is closed on Mondays.]

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    Ristorante Rodrigo: One of the "musts" in Bologna

    by MM212 Updated Oct 15, 2010

    Do not be fooled by the picture of a wide-eyed "Rodrigo" outside, Ristorante Rodrigo is one of the "musts" in Bologna. It serves excellent and authentic bolognese dishes. The dining room has a very old-world feel to it with dusty old bottles of wine and books - quite atmospheric. Although Rodrigo is on the expensive side for Bologna, where restaurants are generally inexpensive, there will be no regrets when you walk out of the restaurant!

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    Nicola’s: Bologna’s Best Pizza

    by von.otter Written Oct 13, 2010

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    Nicola’s is the best pizza in Bologna: the crust is excellent, there are plenty of toppings to choose from and the price is reasonable. It is located in Piazza San Martino. The interior is welcoming with wood paneling, pastel colored walls, where local artists display their work.

    The best time to eat here is the spring and summer, when tables are set up outside in the square.

    They also serve a variety of well-prepared fish dishes.

    Open Hours: Noon to 3pm and 7pm to Midnight Wednesday through Monday

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    Sorbetteria: We All Scream for Ice Cream

    by von.otter Written Oct 13, 2010

    For a quick afternoon pick-me-up head to Sorbetteria.

    This stylish gelateria offers traditional flavors such as vanilla and chocolate and pistachio and coffee and coconut. More daring flavors include Sicilian Cassata, named for the cake made with ricotta cheese, and candied citrus peel and Stracciatella, which resembles chocolate chip ice cream, but instead of the chips and chunks, Stracciattella has fine bits of chocolate throughout, which results in a smooth texture with just the slightest crunch in every bite.

    If you visit Bologna in the cooler months, make a stop at Il Coccolato, near-by to the gelato shop and part of the same company. Il Coccolato opens at the end of September and closes at Easter.

    Open Monday to Saturday, 9am-6pm

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    Ristorante Franco Rossi: Bravo Franco Rossi

    by von.otter Written Oct 12, 2010

    This lovely restaurant takes its name from Franco Rossi, who along with his brother Lino, owns the place. They are masters of hospitality. The night we dined here friends of Franco were celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary and everyone in the place was treated to some of the cake. You also will find truly exceptional service from the Maitre’d Giuseppe and the waitress Simone!

    The atmosphere of this restaurant, on a corner between Via Goito and Vicolo delle Donzelle. is cozy. It is a great way to spend an evening in this lovely city. The regional wine list is excellent. The sliced Parmigiano-Reggiano with Balsamic is outstanding. This is not silly tourist food.

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    Ristorante Teresina: A Bit of Sicily in Bologna

    by von.otter Written Oct 12, 2010

    “I am at length joined to Bologna, where I am settled like a sausage, and shall be broiled like one, if this weather continues.”
    — from a letter dated 6.June.1819 written by Lord Byron to Mr. Hoppner

    Ristorante Teresina is a charming, small, family-owned and operated restaurant. The owner waits tables, as does his daughter.

    The entrance is down a tiny alley (see photo #2) filled with potted plants and tables where guests can eat when the weather permits. The menu (see photos #4 + #5) is small with both meat and fish dishes, mainly Sicilian classics of good quality. They had homemade pasta in sauce or in broth, grilled or fried fish dishes, grilled or roasted meats.

    The traditional Sicilian dessert, cannoli, (see photo #3) is a must to end your meal.

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    Trattoria Meloncello: A Mellow Lunch at Meloncello

    by von.otter Updated Oct 12, 2010

    “If the first father of the human race were lost for an apple, what would he not have done for a plate of tortellini?”
    — An old Bologna adage

    Bologna is known for its food; one of its nicknames is la grossa, the fat. Tortelloni was created in this city. At this great local trattoria my choice for lunch was tortelloni al burro e salvia, tortelloni with butter and bage (see photo #3). You can choose tagliatelle con ragu (see photo #4); this is the famous tomato meat sauce, which Americans incorrectly call Bolognese sauce. Spaghetti Bolognese is considered unauthentic by the Bolognese and by Italians in general. Bolognese sauce is meant to be eaten with tagliatelle or fettucine and not spaghetti. Tagliatelle is better with ragu because this pasta is flat, giving more surface area for the ragu cling to, as opposed to the narrower spaghetti, where sauce falls off and remains on the plate.

    This trattoria is the perfect place to stop for lunch after your morning hike up Colle della Guardia, southwest of town, to visit Santuario della Beata Vergine di San Luca. By lunch time you will have worked up a healthy appetite that can be satisfied here.

    The trattoria takes it name from the Arco Meloncello, the architectural folly, completed in 1732, that unites the porticoes along Via Saragozza with those that run up the hill to the church.

    The service, by a young woman who was eager to practice her English, was great. In mild weather, ask to be seated at a table on the terrace (see photo #2).

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    Pizzeria La Mela: Great value pizzas and wine!

    by SWFC_Fan Updated Aug 2, 2010

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    My girlfriend and I ate at Pizzeria La Mela on our first evening in Bologna in June 2010.

    This popular local trattoria and pizzeria is located on Via de Fusari, just a few minutes walk from the central Piazza Maggiore square.

    We arrived late in the evening (around 10pm), having eaten earlier in the afternoon and taken an early evening siesta.

    The dining area is split in two; one half was bustling when we arrived and the other was about half full. We were given a table in the less busy part of the restaurant.

    Being a “trattoria”, La Mela was less formal than a “ristorante” and had the laid back unpretentious air that I really enjoy. The décor was fairly simple; pastel coloured walls, patterned tiles and large pizza plates decorating the walls. Despite its informality, the tables were well set with fabric tablecloths and sparkling wine glasses.

    It was our first night in Italy, I was feeling in a romantic mood and the idea of eating food was secondary to the idea of enjoying the relaxed Italian lifestyle. The evening was all about unwinding, enjoying a leisurely pizza and sharing a nice carafe of local wine. In this respect, La Mela served the purpose perfectly. As the night got later and the restaurant gradually emptied, we idled over our meals, chatted, laughed and generally made merry with the help of the fabulous local wine.

    The menu at La Mela featured a vast array of pizza and pasta dishes, as well as numerous seafood options. Having eaten pasta at lunchtime, we only really focused on the pizzas.

    I ordered:

    Pizza Rucola - Cost: 6.50 Euros

    A large, typically Italian thin base and crispy crust pizza topped with tomato, mozzarella and rocket leaves. I’ve only recently become aware of rocket leaves and they are so much tastier than their appearance suggests. A great pizza, not too heavy or filling and just what I was looking for on this evening.

    Emma ordered:

    Pizza Prosciutto Cotta - Cost: 5.00 Euros

    A similar pizza to mine, but topped with tomato, mozzarella and wafer thin slices of local ham.

    We shared a carafe of white wine (Cost: 8 Euros per litre) – a fruity white wine from the Rimini region.

    The menu included a 2 Euros per person cover charge. Given that we hadn’t received any complimentary bread or olives, we took this to be a service charge and so didn’t leave an additional tip. We didn’t begrudge paying it as the service was efficient and friendly. Besides, the food and wine were very good value and looking back I’d say that this was the best value for money meal during our stay in Italy.

    Overall, we enjoyed a great evening at La Mela. I left with a light head, a satisfied stomach and a smile on my face. (The wine may have been responsible for at least one of those things!).

    A great place to enjoy a leisurely evening with pizza and wine! Highly recommended!

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    Bar Roberto: Cheap bowls of pasta!

    by SWFC_Fan Written Aug 2, 2010

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    We ate lunch at Bar Roberto on our first afternoon in Bologna in June 2010.

    We’d been searching the back streets around Piazza Maggiore for somewhere to enjoy a cheap bowl of pasta, when we stumbled across the menu board outside Bar Roberto.

    While many of the restaurants in the area were charging between €10 and €15 for even a simple pasta dish, here we found a number of options for less than €5.

    Bar Roberto is located on Via Degli Orefici, just a few minutes walk from the central square of Piazza Maggiore. On this sunny summer afternoon, there were a dozen or so tables outside on the street, shaded by large parasols. A small TV outside the entrance was showing the crucial World Cup game between Italy and Slovakia (a game which Italy ultimately lost 3-2 and crashed out of the tournament), so I was able to watch some of the action while enjoying my lunch.

    The sub-€5 pasta options included tortellini, lasagne, spaghetti, tagliatelle and ravioli. Pizzas were a similar price, while calzone and paninis were cheaper still (around €3). The menu was only in Italian, but we recognised the majority of the dishes without any problems.

    I opted for:

    Tortellini panna e prosciutto - Cost: €4.50

    I was determined to sample Bologna’s famous tortellini pasta; a type of pasta for which the city is internationally renowned.

    I received a medium sized bowl of pasta parcels (often referred to as navel-shaped or ring-shaped) filled with minced meat, in a creamy white sauce with diced prosciutto ham.

    The dish was tasty and filling and, at just €4.50, was one of the better value meals that I enjoyed in Bologna.

    Emma opted for Bologna’s other famous dish:

    Tagliatelle alla Bolognese - Cost: €4.50

    Not too dissimilar to the internationally famous Spaghetti Bolognaise.

    This dish consisted of long ribbons of pasta (tagliatelle) in a meat and tomato based sauce.

    As with my dish, Emma found it to be tasty, filling and good value (particularly compared to the price we paid for pasta dishes elsewhere during our stay).

    While the pasta dishes represented good value, the drinks were pretty costly. I paid €3.50 for a small glass of lemonade. It was tasty lemonade; the type of lemonade that is usually described as “Sicilian” lemonade in more upmarket restaurants in Britain, but not worth €3.50. Emma opted for a 500ml bottle of mineral water (€1.50).

    Bar Roberto offers an extensive choice of coffees, ice creams, pastries, beer, wine, cocktails and other spirits.

    Good value pasta dishes and expensive drinks to be enjoyed at this pavement café!

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    Cremeria Sette Chiese: Gelati

    by MM212 Updated Apr 12, 2010

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    Named after the seven churches of the Complex of Santo Stefano, this "Cremeria" serves delicious artisanal Italian gelati of all flavours. It is located on Via Santo Stefano, near the religious complex. I stumbled across it one evening while walking back from dinner and indulged on a delicious gelato. No seating is available, so it is mainly a takeway place.

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    Clavature Clive T.: Ristorante & Wine Bar

    by MM212 Updated Apr 12, 2010

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    Located in a historic building, Palazzo Pepoli, in the heart of the old city, Cavature Clive T. is both a wine bar and a restaurant. On its small menu are simple but deliciously prepared specialties of Bologna, including tasty tortelloni, accompanied by local wines. The restaurant hosts local events on occasion, which has made it quite popular in Bologna. When the weather is clement, outdoor seating day or night is hard to resist.

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