Recommended Restaurants in Bologna – We’re planning a foodie trip to Bologna, Italy between Christmas and New Year. Of course, I couldn’t resist researching all the restaurants I want to visit, over three lunches and four dinners. The reviews will be coming in January on foodchannel.top, but in the meantime, here is my wish list.
Unfortunately, we won’t be able to eat at all of them (only the first six!), but I selected these after reading many online reviews of amazing restaurants in the culinary capital of Italy. I also avoided all the Michelin starred ones. My husband didn’t think it was necessary in Bologna, where one is practically guaranteed excellent quality, whether we eat in a simple, family-run trattoria or a established restaurant that has been open for a century or more. So the list below ranges from cheap and cheerful to elegant and expensive.
- Trattoria Meloncello – tiny eaterie with no menu, run by two sisters (via Saragozza 240a, Bologna. Tel: 051 614 3947)
- Rodrigo – elegant restaurant, particularly recommended for its white truffles between September to December (via della Zecca 2, Bologna. T 051 220 445. Closed Sun.)
- Nicola’s – supposedly serves the best pizzas in Bologna (Piazza San Martino 9, Bologna. Tel: 051 232 502)
- Trattoria Caminetto D’Oro – Mario Batali loves it here! (4 Via de’ Falegnami, Bologna. Tel: 051 263 494)
- Montegrappa da Nello – classic Bolognese cuisine (Via Montegrappa 2, Bologna. Tel: 051 236 331)
- Diana – one of Bologna’s best restaurants, open since the 1920s (via dell’Indipendenza 24, Bologna. Tel: 051 231 302. Closed Mon.)
- Trattoria da Tony – small but popular traditional eaterie (via Augusto Righi, 1/8, Bologna. Tel: 051 232 852. Evenings from 7-11pm. Closed Sun + Mon)
- Antica Osteria Romagnola – offers local and regional cuisine (Via Rialto 13, Bologna. Tel: 051 263 699)
- Da Cesari – wonderful family-run restaurant (via de’ Carbonesi 8, Bologna. South of Piazza Maggiore. Tel: 051 237 710)
- Trattoria Fantoni – serves simple food, comes highly recommended by many (via del Pratello, 11, Bologna. Tel: 051 236 358)
- Al Pappagallo – historic and elegant restaurant, visited by Einstein and Hitchcock amongst others (piazza della Mercanzia 3, Bologna. Tel: 051 231 200. Closed Sun)
- Tamburini – unmissable gourmet delicatessen + self service bistro open for lunch (via Caprarie, 1 – 40124 Bologna. Tel: 051 234 726)
I found useful Mario Batali’s personal recommendations on where to eat in the region.
We’re also planning a day trip to nearby Modena. I wanted to go to this little restaurant which is supposed to be excellent, situated in the back of a small food and wine shop. It’s apparently the oldest delicatessen in the world, dating from 1605. But it’s not open on Sundays, and our day trip is planned for Sunday. So if you have a chance to visit Modena, don’t miss out on Hosteria Guisti.
And here are the results of the trip – Where to Eat in Bologna, Italy