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Bologna is the main city of the impossibly wonderful Emilia-Romagna region, a land well known for its many culinary specialties and treats. Try them in one or more of these wonderful locations, all to be found around the main square of the town’s famous Centro Storico.
At Osteria dell’Orsa, rustic and cheerful, customers will be seated on long benches at bulky old wood tables, all lit up by old lamps hanging from the ceiling. Go here to have fun, and have a good laugh with friends in pure Italian style. At lunch you can expect to see a lot of students taking long breaks between their university classes, while dinnertime sees crowds accumulating at the front door (this one doesn’t take reservations!).
Address and telephone number: Osteria dell’Orsa, Via Mentana 1, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 231576
Little and colorful, thanks to the many paintings hanging on the walls, Teresina welcomes customers with a mortadella appetizer and features traditional Bolognese dishes. Customers that are not into meat can taste excellent fresh fish, while the desserts deserve a special mention too. The decor is relaxed and laid-back, and the half al fresco terrace area is really worth the trip during the summer months.
Address and telephone number: Teresina, Via Oberdan4, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 228985
Elegance and design mix with tradition at Trattoria Battibecco. Traditional elements of Bolognese cuisine are re-vamped with unexpected ingredients and presented with extreme care. The names of the dishes are also creative and worth a look in their own right. Despite the modern setting, the atmosphere is warm and welcoming, complete with a dash of classic Italian homeliness.
Address and telephone number: Trattoria Battibecco, via Battibecco 4, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 223298
At Vicolo Colombina it isn’t just the place and the dishes that attract the loyal following of locals, but the whole aesthetic of the space itself. It doesn’t just look beautiful, the food is also delicious. Customers can taste home-made tortellini and a whole other selection of traditional dishes presented as if they were the latest culinary invention. The perfect combo of innovation and tradition.
Address and telephone number: Vicolo Colombina, Vicolo Colombina 5/B, Bologna, Italy, +39 051 233919