About Elisa Z
Lives in London, United Kingdom
Since Jul 2012
35-49 year old female
I love traveling! Experience other cultures, learn new languages, taste exotic food and see the world from different perspectives.
Gift & Speciality Shops
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.