Bologna is known as the fat. The city is characterized by a particularly hearty and flavorful culinary tradition, here below you will find some of the best restaurants throughout the city and surrounding areas.
The Best restaurants in Bologna to eat the regional specialties.
Al Pappagallo is an historic restaurant to eat the local cuisine of Emilia-Romagna. It is located downtown, just close to the two towers. It pays tribute to local recipes but sometimes they are revisited with a contemporary twist. It is has been opened since 1919 (check the suggestive photographs on the walls). Within the city center there is another restaurant that allows you to enjoy the best dishes of the Emilian tradition namely Trattoria Pizzeria Delle Belle Arti. The restaurant is located inside a palace dating back to the fifth century and it is not far from the university area. You will be welcomed by the owners, the 2 Favaro brothers. In the menu you will find dishes ranging from lasagna bolognese, tortelloni with porcini mushrooms or meat sauce. Just outside the old town you can find several restaurants serving local cuisine. For example in San Lazzaro Di Savena you can try the Antica Osteria dell’Oca. The chef has been awarded several times with prestigious awards. For those who come here should try the hand-rolled pasta, tortellini with meat sauce and tagliatelle noodles, as well as ravioli stuffed with guinea fowl and black truffle. You can also try the main meat dishes that apparently are very good! Emilia Romagna is also home to the restaurant La Bottega di Franco. It is located in an old manor house just outside the city center. People come to enjoy delights such as mortadella mousse, tortellini and ravioli squacquerone cheese, pancetta, black olives and rosemary. In the surroundings of Bologna, one the best restaurants to eat the Emilian cuisine is la Corte dei Molini located in the town of Castel Maggiore. It is born from the idea of combining the rich local cuisine with an extensive wine list, it is like paying tribute to the rich heritage of the territory by offering the famous crescentine combined with regional meats and cheeses. Here you can not miss the Lambrusco .
What the Bolognese eat in the best restaurants in Bologna ?
The restaurants of Bologna are particularly famous for their homemade pasta that is stuffed or simply made into strings or shapes and served with a variety of sauces. In some restaurants you can still find a the sfoglina. She is the person in charge of creating the dough by hand, and she literally manufactures all the fantastic dishes that Bologna is famous for. In fact Bologna is the only city that has even a school to learn how to make tagliatelle namely La Vecchia Scuola run by pasta chef Alessandra Spisni . In Bologna among the most common types of pasta you will find noodles or tagliatelle. The recipe specifies that each string needs to be 8 mm wide and less than a millimeter thick . In the first gastronomic book of united Italy (Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well , 1891) it states that the noodles have to be long and never broken. In the restaurants of Bologna are almost invariably topped with Bolognese sauce, and the recipes change from restaurant to restaurant. Sometimes the meat sauce is prepared only with the beef, for others the recipe also includes pancetta, and sometimes a combinations of chicken and pork . However the chefs all agree that the cooking should be slow and last for at least 3 hours. Another classic of Bologna cuisine is the tortellino which is also one of the most popular dishes of the Emilian cuisine. The legend narrates about its shape that has been inspired by the navel of a charming aristocrat. It seems that originally the tortellini was a dish of the poor, it was created to reuse meat scrap which was wrapped in a thin sheet of pasta. The best restaurants in Bologna serve the tortellini strictly in a broth made with capon and beef. Friggione is another dish from humble origins that you will find in the he menus of the finest restaurants in Bologna, it is is often served as a side dish. Not to mention the mortadella of Bologna which enhances the Bolognese restaurant menus and it is turned into delicacies such as mortadella mousse (made with mortadella, ricotta cheese, parmesan cheese and cream). Mortadella often accompany fried dumplings. In Bologna these are called crescentina fritte. I hope that this short guide will help you choosing the best restaurant and the most traditional food from the area. The guide is a rough translation of this article.
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I visited the Food Tours with my wife, we were looking forward to this some time ago and I can state that this tour bring to us very interesting time and experience in spite of the fact that we departed from Milano by morning train at 5,50 am. Our guide was young man and we enjoyed all morning together talking not only about the parmazan, balsamic and parma ham. I really appreciate it. He was very communicate, his driving was safety, very polite. Parmazan farm - amazing, balsamic farm -
My boyfriend and I thoroughly enjoyed the Foodies Tour, which included stops at producers of cheese, balsamic vinegar and cured meat. Paolo was an amazing tour guide – he's extremely knowledgeable, kind and a great communicator. We learned so much! It was really nice to be in a smaller group and most of the producers we visited were small so we were able to get a close up view of the processes. We'd highly recommend Emilia Delizia as this tour was truly authentic and a highlight of our trip!
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The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.
We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
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