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The Best Restaurants in Bologna, Italy

Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy
Bologna is the capital of the Emilia-Romagna region in Northern Italy | © Luca Volpi / Flickr
Arguably the food capital of Italy, Bologna has first-class restaurants to suit every taste. Gastronomes can satiate their taste buds in La Grassa, with stylish eateries and casual osterie serving up dishes of the highest quality.

Feast on classic pasta dishes at Osteria dell’Orsa

Restaurant, Italian, European
This is how to dine in Emilia-Romagna: with communal tables and over-filled carafes of house wine. Start with a bowl of al dente tortellini in a simple broth or rich and meaty tagliatelle al ragu, and then move to a classic cotoletta alla bolognese (turkey with bacon and ladles of cheese) or cotoletta alla milanese (Italian schnitzel). Most diners stick to the daily specials, but there are plenty of cured meats, crostini and salads on offer, too.
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Try the local tipple at Trattoria Leonida

Restaurant, Italian, European, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
Trattoria Leonida serves up a range of pasta dishes
Trattoria Leonida serves up a range of pasta dishes | © www.homejobsbymom.com / Flickr
Combining a vast selection of pasta dishes with lightning-fast service, Leonida is the perfect place to crack open a bottle of local lambrusco and feast on some first-class food. The tagliatelle with pheasant comes with huge flakes of meat, while radicchio (Italian chicory) provides a cleansing side to veal or wild boar.
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Gorge on the city’s best food at Osteria della Fondazza

Restaurant, Italian, European
For an authentic Bolognese experience, head to Osteria della Fondazza on Via Fondazza. Try the crescentini, parcels of fried bread that can be stuffed with mortadella, prosciutto and other meats. The stracchino (a soft cheese), tomato chutney and pickled onions is another highlight. If you have any room, the florentine steak is about as good as it gets for a second course.
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Meal service:

All Day, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast

Atmosphere:

Traditional

Soak up the charm of Drogheria della Rosa

Restaurant, Italian, European, $$$
Drogheria della Rosa was once a grocery
Drogheria della Rosa was once a grocery | © Oliver Newson
There’s something slightly terrifying about this charming ex-grocery. You won’t find a menu or prices. The lasagne is light and airy, while the beef fillet is crispy on the outside and rose-red in the centre, offset by a piercing, honey-like balsamic sauce. Drogheria della Rosa is a gastronome’s dream.
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Sample Ristorantino Il Tinello’s rare red meats

Restaurant, Italian, European
Right in the heart of Bologna, Il Tinello is always packed with locals and tourists vying to try its range of perfectly rare red meats and selection of tempting sides, such as grilled celeriac and grated tomato. Particularly tempting are the lamb cutlets scottadito, literally meaning ‘burned fingers’. You certainly won’t be able to keep your hands off this dish.
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Meal service:

Lunch, Dinner

Atmosphere:

Casual, Traditional
Mon - Sat:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mon - Sat:
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Sun:
12:00 pm - 2:30 pm