Featuring some of the most delicious cuisine anywhere in the world, Bologna is oftentimes considered being the gastronomical capital of Italy.
Dining and drinking are particularly important in the city, and its culinary tradition is one of the richest that you will find anywhere. The cheaper dining establishments offer outstanding food, so you won’t be breaking the bank for a good meal. Furthermore, people travel from areas that are miles away from Bologna just to enjoy the storied cuisine of the city.
Whether you venture into one of Bologna’s traditional late-night inns, called “osterie”, or one of the top restaurants in the city, you will never encounter a disappointing meal. In addition to the city’s famous pasta dishes, Bologna is renowned for some of the best culinary innovations in Italy, especially their pates. Even on nights during the week, the crowds are out dining in Bologna, and it is not unusual to find it hard to walk into any of these restaurants without having made a reservation first.
As was mentioned above, Bologna is well recognized for its fantastic cuisine, and food lovers are seldom disappointed, if at all. Bologna cuisine also features a wide array of other cheeses, meats, and pastas so choosing where to eat is often challenging when visiting the city. Here is a list of the more recommended restaurants in Bologna:
1. Drogheria della Rosa
Drogheria della Rosa – a crowded and small trattoria in a former pharmacy is the setting for this restaurant where the “in-crowd” often dines. The restaurant’s antique decor and fantastic wine cellar are well worth exploring, but the food is excellent and so are the prices.
2. Ex Forno
Located in the Museo d’Arte Moderna di Bologna, Ex Forno is a casual establishment that serves a more simpler fare such as salad niçoise and risotto ai funghi.
3. La Sorbetteria Castiglione
La Sorbetteria Castiglione is a classic ice cream shop that always has a long line but never has a long wait. The exotic flavors that they serve include cremino ludovico, dolce contagio, and dolce emma. Chances are if you visit the shop another time, they will have invented and added a few new flavors to the menu.
4. Marco Fadiga Bistrot
Decorated with a discarded champagne crates, framed Tintin pictures, and a graffiti-filled wall, Marco Fadiga Bistrot is a casual restaurant that serves up innovative dishes that feature unusual flavor combinations. Dishes such as bass tartar with ginger, hazelnuts, and mango, or salmon antipasti marinated in coffee, are standard on the menu.
5. Ristorante al Pappagallo
Rated as one of the very best restaurants in Bologna, the Ristorante al Pappagallo lands near the top of everybody’s list. In addition to a fabulous menu, there are low-calorie dishes available as well as a very impressive wine list.
Photo of tortelloni pasta in Bologna, Italy, originally posted by MMChicago