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Bologna is famous all over the world for its gastronomic tradition, and it is not a coincidence that it is also known as 'la grassa'—the fat city! You simply can't leave Bologna without tasting its typical products or hanging out in one of its authentic taverns until late into the night. Plus, there are still plenty of restaurants where you can savor plates prepared just like they were in the old days—grandmother's cooking at its very best!

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  • Like a Local

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10 Places

Trattoria Tony

Restaurants

Gelateria Gianni

Restaurants

Osteria dell'Orsa

Restaurants

Caffetteria Al Salam

Restaurants

Osteria Broccaindosso

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La Tua Piadina

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Tamburini

Gift & Speciality Shops

Green River

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To Steki

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Elisa Z's City Tips

  • Many restaurants are in the city center and easily reachable by foot.
  • You can easily catch a taxi at the train station or in Piazza Maggiore.
  • Don't order spaghetti alla bolognese—bolognese sauce is normally served with tagliatelle or maccheroni and not with spaghetti.
  • Bologna has restaurants and menus suitable for all budgets—prices are always displayed at the entrances of the premises.
  • I would recommend booking a table in advance to avoid disappointment, especially during the weekend.
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    Trattoria Tony
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    In this family-run restaurant—which is centrally located in Via Indipendenza—you will find original Bolognese food such as tortellini, tagliatelle, bollito, and lasagne. My favorite plate is the Cotoletta alla Petroniana, a chicken or veal cutlet topped with Parma ham and Parmesan cheese. Delicious!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • This friendly atmosphere is always very busy—go early or book a table in advance.
    • Closed at lunchtime and on Mondays and Sundays.
    • Behind the restaurant, in Via Piella, you can see an exposed part of the Canale delle Moline. This spot is also known as Little Venice.
    • After dinner, have a drink in the lively university district nearby.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #189 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Lovely tagliatele with ragu 23/04/2018
    • Vera cucina emiliagna 29/01/2018
    • Trattoria Tony
    Address:
    Via Augusto Righi 1/B
    40126 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 232852
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$43
    Hours:
    Tue - Sat
    12:00 - 14:00
    19:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Gelateria Gianni
    Restaurants (Italian)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    In Bologna, homemade ice cream is an institution. Each ice cream shop has its own recipes and famous flavors, and the 'best' shop is an inexhaustible topic of debate. My favorite parlor is Gelateria Gianni, which offers both classic and unusual ice cream flavors, as well as sorbets made with seasonal fresh fruit. Yum!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • If you are intolerant to cow's milk, ask for the special flavor made with female donkey's milk.
    • There are three branches in the city center. The oldest one is located in Via Montegrappa, a side street of Via Indipendenza.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #71 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Delicious 24/04/2018
    • Cool 04/04/2018
    • Gelateria Gianni
    Address:
    Via Monte Grappa 11
    40121 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 233008
    Price range:
    US$2 - US$12
    Hours:
    Sun
    11:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Osteria dell'Orsa
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, Soups)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    For an informal lunch or dinner with friends, I strongly recommend this tavern in the university district. Thanks to its reasonable prices, Osteria dell'Orsa is mainly frequented by students and young people. The atmosphere is friendly, the food is delicious and the portions are big—what a fantastic combination!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • The restaurant does not take reservations—and it is always very busy, so be ready to queue.
    • In summer, you can eat at tables outside beside the San Martino Church.
    • Have a coffee in the nearby Caffè Rubrik—an alternative and cosy bar where you can still listen to music on old tapes.
    • The menu offers mains, salads and sandwiches—don't miss the Tagliatelle al Ragù.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #307 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    • Incredibly rude 22/04/2018
    • Simple ostería with delicious food 22/04/2018
    • Osteria dell'Orsa
    Address:
    Via Mentana 1
    40126 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 231576
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$13
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:15 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Caffetteria Al Salam
    Restaurants (Middle Eastern)
    Elisa Z Says:

    Caffetteria Al Salam offers a taste of Palestine in the heart of Bologna. In this small, casual venue, you will find the best kebab and falafel in town—and if you can't decide, the starter plate with a selection of different appetizers, bread and dips is delicious too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • Try a typical Palestinian dessert with mint tea.
    • You can either eat in or take-away.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #561 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    • Read the good reviews but left disappointed 12/11/2017
    • Fresh food 09/11/2017
    • Caffetteria Al Salam
    Address:
    Via Centotrecento 24
    40126 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 244173
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    11:00 - 22:30
    Other:
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    Osteria Broccaindosso
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    If you have a sweet tooth, then this friendly spot is the place for you! Choose from a selection of 15 traditional Bolognese desserts, such as mascarpone with strawberries, rice cake, tenerina cake, cream puffs and chocolate salami—or go all out and try them all!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Have a drink at the Birra Cerqua—a nice brewery and pub on the same street.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #269 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Simply traditional. 21/04/2018
    • Fantastic bolognese food! 16/04/2018
    • Osteria Broccaindosso
    Address:
    Via Broccaindosso 7/a
    40125 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 348 169 8924
    Price range:
    US$31 - US$61
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:50 - 14:30
    19:00 - 01:00
    Other:
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    La Tua Piadina
    Restaurants (Italian, Fast food)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    Piadina is a type of flat bread typically produced in the region of Emilia-Romagna, and La Tua Piadina, a small shop located just behind Santo Stefano square, sells it in a wide variety of styles: the thin version from Rimini, the thicker one from Bertinoro and the Nerella, which is made with walnut malt. The fillings—vegetables, cheese, ham, mortadella, etc—are also fresh, authentic and delicious, making this a great snack spot.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Hidden Gems
    Tips
    • Have your piadina in the fascinating San Stefano square and enjoy some good people watching.
    • Sign up for their loyalty card and get your 15th piadina free!
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #41 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So much choice and delicious 20/04/2018
    • Excellent typical Italian piadina 25/02/2018
    • La Tua Piadina
    Address:
    Via Borgonuovo 17
    40125 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 270959
    Price range:
    US$5 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Fri
    19:00 - 23:00
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 15:30
    Sat
    12:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Tamburini
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This traditional delicatessen is located in the so called Quadrilatero—the main food district of Bologna. At Tamburini, you can taste and buy typical products such as cured meat, cheese and freshly made pasta. At the back of the shop, there is also a self-service area where you can taste the same local products combined into delicious ready-to-eat dishes.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Check out the wine bar next door for its popular aperitivo.
    • If you love truffles and mushrooms, don't miss La Baita, another food shop in this area.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 84 Shopping in Bologna
    • Quick lunch 25/02/2018
    • A nice delicatessen in the heart of the historic shopping area of Bologna 01/02/2018
    • Tamburini
    Address:
    Via Caprarie 1
    40124 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 234726
    Hours:
    Sun
    10:00 - 22:30
    Mon - Thu
    08:30 - 23:30
    Fri - Sat
    08:30 - 00:00
    Other:
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    Green River
    Restaurants (Italian, Pub)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    This tiny beer-house, located in the heart of the university district, offers a wide selection of craft draught beers. The helpful staff will suggest the beer that best suits your taste—so don't be afraid to ask. The tasty sandwiches, crescenta (flat bread) and the very special pepper and almond taralli also make great accompaniments to your drinks.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • In summer, you can also sit outside.
    • Hungry? In the same street, there are many good quality pizza places, as well as Indian and Arabic takeaways.
    Plan to stay:/
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #0 of 0 restaurants in
    • Great place for a beer 17/01/2016
    • Great beers and music 09/07/2015
    • Green River
    Address:
    Via Giuseppe Petroni 3/A
    40126 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 339 832 7210
    Hours:
    Sun
    17:30 - 00:00
    Mon - Fri
    12:00 - 01:00
    Sat
    15:30 - 01:00
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    To Steki
    Restaurants (Mediterranean, Greek)
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    Elisa Z Says:

    If you need a break from tortellini and lasagne, head over to this amazing Greek restaurant. Located on a side street of Via Zamboni—the main street in the university district—To Steki is very popular with the local Greek population due to its authentic cuisine. Prices are moderate, staff are friendly and the service is usually quick.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • If you feel like clubbing, check out Kinki, 5 minutes away under the Due Torri.
    Plan to stay:/
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #321 of 1,598 restaurants in Bologna
    • Άρωμα Ελλάδας!! 15/11/2017
    • Mixed feelings 27/07/2017
    • To Steki
    Address:
    Largo Respighi 4/E
    40126 Bologna
    Italy
    Phone:
    +39 051 268012
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    11:30 - 01:00
    Other:
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