Caprarie Street is a pleasant, bustling shopping area which is near the Piazza San Petronio and Piazza Maggiore. This shop is on the corner of Tamburini, it is a delight for the senses and you shouldn't miss it, you will see an amazing array of fresh pasta, sweets, sausages, all neatly arranged in the windows.
Cantina Bentivoglio is the place for jazz under the stars. It's a veritable temple of jazz where, since 1989, world-class musicians have made magic every evening. They have a terrace right out in the street so you can enjoy the music and an al fresco dinner. Book in advance for a great night!
In the heart of the university district of Bologna is this magnificent bohemian restaurant. The name in dialect means "crazy bird", and the picture on the wall of the main hall shows the restaurant's relationship with the old brothels. The menu of Sicilian cuisine, based on seafood, is rich and abundant. The atmosphere is cozy and interesting, and the restaurant periodically hosts exhibitions of works by contemporary artists. A great place for nourishing mind and body alike!
This restaurant is a few meters from the train station, and its outward appearance isn't the best, but it's "Tradizionale Emiliana" food and the friendly and perfectly uniformed wait staff make it a delight to eat here.
The inside looks like a old brick cellar and the specialties are: antipasto de la casa, affettato misto di salumi nostrani with fried crescents, tortellini in brodo, noodles in a red meat sauce, noodles in a red meat sauce with magoncini and fegatini, balanzoni alla Garisenda, tagliata di manzo in tegame al rosmarina e sale grosso, bollito misto di carne al carrello, cotoletta alla Petroniana.
The presentation and accompaniments of the bollito are pretty substantial. It's a big portion brought to the table on a metal cart and served in front of you, for the greedy. The tagliatelles with mushrooms come highly recommended, the vegetable soup with a heaping pile of grated parmesan, and the tiramisu served in a cup, very different than the tiramisu we're used to here in Spain.
The price is around 25 euros per person.
Isolani Court is a new modern area, with two beautiful palaces opposite the church of Santo Stefano. Cafes, shops, offices, and homes are scattered through the halls and courtyards. This cafe has mulled wine and hot chocolate in winter, and offers a special brunch that shouldn't be missed.
Great pizza, with delicious parmesan and rocket, washed down with some Brut! It's a historic pizzeria in Bologna, and although it's very good, the area isn't the best. But it's very convenient thanks to the motorway and the ring road.
I don't know if there are any other similar places - I certainly haven't seen any. You'll have to make a reservation, as this restaurant, located a few steps from the Piazza Maggiore, is always full. Buy ham, bologna, bread, chees,n and olives in one of the many shops in the old town, order a drink and sit down. It's best to go with a large number of friends (the wooden tables seem made only to accommodate large groups). It is a very old inn that opened its doors in 1465, and the walls bear witness to the history of this place with an incredible number of relics. Worth a visit!
I'll remember Osteria del Cappello as the place where I ate the best pasta Bolognese of my life. It was nothing more and nothing less than a good portion of tagliatelle first, and then another amazing plate of chicken, onions and authentic Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. Scrumptious! The final touch was the tetherin cake with mascarpone. It was to die for. Apart from its exquisite cuisine, I'd like to make a special note of the cozy decor and originality...for example, they have board games you can play while you wait for your next course! It's located only a few steps from Piazza Maggiore and most of the main sights in town.
Casual and unpretentious, on a side street off the Via Nazionale, and I recommend it because of its great value. Particularly striking is the profusion of scattered paper placemats on the walls, and the cartoons are like decoration. Delicious homemade pasta stuffed with ricotta, lasagna, homemade chocolate cake with cream, in order to fill your stomach at an affordable price.
I had to eat bolognese, and this was the place I chose. It is centrally located, with a decent terrace. The best thing about it is the service (it has a Guatemalan boy who comes out to warmly greet you). The food is good, and prices reasonable for Italy. They always charge more for sitting on a terrace
This beautiful restaurant is under the arcades of the long street of Independence. The décor is exquisite, it houses perfectly uniformed waiters and neat tables. It is definitely a very romantic place. The food is based with Italian pastas and cooked marvelously, and the price is a little higher than the establishments in the area.
I had New Years Even dinner there, the decoration with a lot of detail and a good atmosphere in this trattoria of the center of the city. I liked it so much. Ragu bolognese, tortellini in brodo, fantastic cotoletta bolognese, appetizers, these are some of the dishes that they offer in this restaurant of the provenzal style that only had 10 tabes.
Although not in the center-center, it's easy to locate. Via San Felice is an extension of the commercial street Ugo Bassi. If you're in Plaza Nettuno, that is where the statue is. That street is Ugo Bassi. On the right is one of the towers. Well, you take a left, go straight and get to the Bella Napoli in 5-10 minutes. I've been several times (both before and after the reform they did in 2009-2010). On a family trip although we tried several other places, there was unanimity regarding the Bella Napoli pizzas: the best. They recently renovated rooms and personally I liked it better before (now it is more modern and functional throughout). However, the food is the same. I recommend any of the pizzas - a simple Margarita is tasty and do not fail to ask for the Semifredo dessert coffee. The price is not expensive -a Margarita costs 4.5 €. In the end, with beverage and dessert, an average of 15 euros.
In the historic centre of Bolgona, close to the Scuderia university, this is one of the best cafes by both day and night. Here you can enjoy breakfasts, snacks, sandwiches, and disco nights. A great choice if you want to celebrate a special occasion.
I'm passionate about ice cream and in all my travels throughout Italy and the world, I'm always looking for the perfect scoop of ice cream. Well, I think this time I've found it! Perfect creaminess, natural ingredients, and, most importantly, delicious taste. The dark chocolate is amazing, but make sure to try all the specialties with the names of the grandchildren of the owners (Ludwig, William, Emma). You have to taste it to believe it!
Homemade fresh pasta, cooked in a family atmosphere where the dishes prepared that day are explained, prime beef, "home" decorated and unpolluted, these are the hallmarks of this restaurant next to the only channel that survives to air Bologna. Baked goat is one of the most popular dishes, mozzarella with tomato, antipasti and pastas in its different versions, excellent tiramisu, all done with love and good work. It's on Via Piella 16/a.
A coffee house. A confectioner. A restaurant. And only when looking for the place, did I discover that it was a cafe! So the lasagna was small and "simple", but it's where we sat down to eat in Piazza Galvani, because there was a queue of cars. Also, our goal was to eat some bolognese from Bologna. It was fine but it was not everything we had imagined. It is a family place, ideal for a coffee at any time, and a sweet treat. And why not also try the lasagna?!
This library really does have charm. It is located in a renovated historic building in which the roof is a large skylight through which you can see the dome of a nearby monastery. Also through one of its walls you can see the facade of an old church that appeared during the restoration. You can buy a book here or sit and read while sampling a wine from the region. It has a terrace and two restaurants serving local products, plus you can buy pastas, sauces, preserves and kitchenware! The dishes are big, cheap and delicious.