bologna eat

It’s generally accepted that you eat better in Emilia-Romagna than anywhere else in Italy. The most iconic Italian ingredients hail from this region, including parmigiano-reggiano (parmesan cheese), balsamic vinegar and prosciutto di Parma (parma ham). Be sure to try one of the city’s native pasta dishes such as tortellini in brodo (stuffed pasta in broth) or tagliatelle a ragù, which is not spaghetti bolognese as we know it, but a rich meat sauce that clings to thick strips of fresh egg tagliatelle, heaped with parmigiano.

Trattoria Meloncello

Trattoria Meloncello is an unpretentious place for a tasty lunch. Popular with locals, it’s a little out of the centre but a perfect paired with a walk up to Basilica San Luca. The suckling pig is to die for.

Via Con Me

This friendly restaurant puts a modern twist on typical Bolognese fare, with stylish interiors setting the scene for creative and delicio plates.

Cantina Bentivoglio

Cantina Bentivoglio is a romantic wine bar with a superb menu of local dishes and an excellent regional wine list. Watch fresh pasta being made from your table and enjoy some of the best live jazz in the city over dinner and into the early hours.

Osteria del Sole

Osteria del Sole is the oldest bar in Bologna. The 15th-century osteria is packed with soul and the concept is simple – you bring your own food, and they serve wine at negligible prices and provide wooden boards and cutlery. Pick up meat, bread and cheese from one of the delicatessen nearby and enjoy a relaxed evening at one of the long wooden tables.

Trattoria Meloncello

Via Con Me

Cantina Bentivoglio

Osteria del Sole

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