From traditional trattorias to rustic hideaways under the city’s iconic arched porticos, here are 5 of the best restaurants in Bologna, compiled by the local gastro experts at EmiliaDelizia.com.
When it comes to gastronomy, Bologna is one of the most popular and visited cities in Italy. As the historic capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in northern Italy – Bologna is home to a myriad of lavish restaurants and outdoor eateries. The region is also a haven for tourists that love sightseeing and Renaissance architecture. From the arched colonnades to the City Hall and Basilica of San Petronio, there is so much to see and do in Bologna, but it’s unquestionably eating and drinking that tops most visitors’ lists! Here’s where to do it.
Trattoria Anna Maria ~ Budget-Friendly Bolognese Fare
Trattoria Anna Maria is located in the heart of Bologna. With a cozy and friendly atmosphere – this popular restaurant is perfect for lunch and/or dinner. From mouth-watering lasagne and pasta courses to delicious meat dishes, this trattoria features a vast range of scrumptious dishes and entrees.
There is also an extensive wine list – and as always – the restaurant follows all Bolognese cooking traditions and styles. The Emilian tradition of the city is also reflected in several hand made pasta dishes such as the tortellini, which can be enjoyed with fellow tourists, friends, and local neighbours – the classic Italian way!
Osteria Bottega ~ Rustic and Real
Osteria Bottega is a fine Italian ristorante with a simple and traditional décor. It might not be the most stylish or fashionable place in town, but the food is excellent! This venue is also located near the popular Hotel Porta San Mamolo, which is an excellent choice if you want to stay in the heart of Bologna without breaking the bank (click here to check availability and rates).
From signature Parma cured hams to Bolognese mortadella, Bottega is a great place to sample and enjoy local meat delicacies.
The wine list is huge, along with traditional balsamic vinegars and a wide array of desserts. Whether looking for meat or even vegetarian dishes, this venue caters to all Bolognese culinary aficionados and enthusiasts. Some of the more popular dishes include fresh tagliatelle with a sauce made of asparagus and pork Culatello. There is also the roast chicken with potatoes and olives, along with parmigiano, fresh bread and piadina served with each meal.
Amerigo ~ Truffles and Tortellini (+ Rooms!)
Located in Savigno, a little town just outside of Bologna, the food at Amerigo is well worth the journey. It first opened its doors in 1934 and has been meeting the culinary needs of the Bolognese ever since. As a traditional osteria, the menu is reasonably priced and the food receives great reviews and testimonials from locals and visitors alike. Locals love the truffle dishes, as well as the signature tortellini.
There is also a great wine list, along with traditional Italian appetizers and a myriad of delicious dishes and entrees. The atmosphere is sophisticated with a smooth blend of modern and traditional décor. It is also a must for any patron to have the regionally-renowned balsamic vinegar fiordilatte ice cream.
This is one of the wonders of Bologna – and why this city continues to be haven for culinary delights.
STAY HERE: The family who own Amerigo also have five traditionally decorated rooms that they rent out to visitors. For a truly authentic stay in Bologna, it doesn’t get much better than this. Click here to check rates and availability now.
Address (Click to see on Google Maps): Via Guglielmo Marconi, 14-16, 40060 Savigno BO, Italy
More info: www.amerigo1934.it
Vicolo Colombina ~ Chic but Classic
Vicolo Colombina is another favourite venue of the Bolognese. Situated near the Saint Petronio Church, this modern restaurant truly captures the allure and essence of Bologna. From delicious homemade stuffed pasta and tagliatelle to succulent meat dishes, such as filet mignon of Piemontese beef, guinea fowl and rabbit.
According to the locals, everything here is cooked and served to perfection.
Huge wine selections and you will also enjoy the delicious ice creams and desserts.
Antica Trattoria delle Gigina ~ Pasta Paradise
This wonderful restaurant is hugely popular only with the locals. This restaurant is known for perfecting pasta dishes such as tagliatelle, tortellini and passatelli, all hand made on the premises.
As well as the authentic pasta dishes, the menu is extensive in both the meat and dessert section, so it’s definitely a must for those looking to try all of the traditional Bolognese flavours.
Where to Stay in Bologna, Italy
Small and compact, there are plenty of great hotels in the centre Bologna, ranging from the luxury five-star Grand Hotel Majestic to the mid-range Art Hotel Commercianti and budget Albergo Panorama just off Piazza Maggiore.
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