Bolognina lies just north of the heart of Bologna, a thriving Italian city that boasts sun-baked terracotta houses, charming maze-like alleyways and narrow streets, and a plethora of well-preserved historical monuments. After a day of rigorous sightseeing, step away from Bologna’s center and head just north of the city, where the district of Bolognina offers a variety of contemporary restaurants and trattorias to bring you back to the 21st century. Here our some of the best places to visit to refuel after a exploring the city.
This charming little trattoria is a favorite among locals and considered a hidden gem among travelers. The chef offers delightful home-style cuisine and dining in this restaurant is the full hearty Italian experience. Its exactly what springs to mind when picturing a full family feast in a rustic Italian home. Expect a classic Italian menu that offers a selection of cured meats, delicious home-baked breads and expert pastas, complete with friendly service in endearing broken English.
The kitchen at Trattoria di Via Serra certainly takes pride in its regional Bologna-style cooking and high quality food and has earned the right to do so. The chef is warm and hospitable and passionately guides his customers through the cooking process in detail and in an unpretentious manner. Customers are informed on the inspiration for the dishes, the origin of the searingly fresh produce, and the local method of preparation. The dishes are still moderately priced despite the high standards and quality of ingredients.
By contrast to the medieval city streets, this restaurant echoes Bologna’s modern status as contemporary city. The interior of Well Done Fioravanti is elegant and stylish, with large wooden tables, a blackboard wall and exposed brickwork. The focal point is the large tree that serves as a quirky centerpiece. In addition to the chic setting, the food is delicious, with a menu that offers a minimalist variety of gourmet burgers. The specialty is the house Well Done burger, which is a patty made from a blend of pork and beef braised in beer. This is a great spot for those tiring of pasta.
For a total departure from the authentic Italian dining experience, head to Yu Garden. The restaurant is merely a stone’s throw from Parco del Dopolavoro Ferroviario, which is one of the city’s many verdant spaces. This restaurant offers customers a fusion of East-Asian cuisines, citing Japanese, Thai and Chinese foods as its inspiration. The buffet-style service does not detract from the overall experience, as the oriental cooking on the menu is colorful and of the freshest of quality. The specialty of the restaurant is its sushi, lovingly created and inspired by the owner’s time in Shanghai.
The menu at Ristorante Pizzeria Rò Cocò ffers a variety of other Italian dishes to choose from, the mosaic-clad pizza oven that sits in the heart of the restaurant has a rustic allure, and its temptation cannot be resisted. The restaurant also has an expansive wine list; the ideal accompaniment to hearty Italian food. As for the interior, the diner is softly lit, and the décor consists of jumbled furniture, all adding to its authentic charm.
This typical Italian trattoria takes its name from the local market that takes place a short walk away from the restaurant’s doors. The kitchen offers up a feast of locally sourced regional food and presents the dishes with the utmost of care and attention to detail. The aesthetics of the food and its elegent presentation in itself is an art form. The recipes are varied and imaginative; visitors can expect an exciting modern approach to their old Italian favorites, including gluten-free pizzas. Classic Italian breads like focaccia are prepared and freshly baked, filling the restaurant with the delicious smell of baking dough. Without a doubt, this trattoria is a pleasant experience for all the senses.
This restaurant has a wide-ranging menu that serves up a variety of quality seafood dishes inspired by the stunning sea cave on the Amalfi coastline that influenced the restaurant’s name. Among the fish options is classic Italian-style calamari and prawns, fried in garlic for a tasty batter. The kitchen also offers traditional Italian pastas with a seafood twist. The trattoria is a spot where customers can find delicious pizzas in that much sought-after Neopolitan style, with a thin, crispy, and charcoaled base.
Koko Ristorante Giaponese brings originality and contemporary cooking to Bologna, specializing in a unique fusion of Japanese and Italian cooking for explosive, robust flavors. In true oriental style, the restaurant operates on a buffet-style service, but this is ideal for customers looking for an extensive choice, of which this spot has plenty. Customers can pick a desired type of meat and preferred cuts and the food is grilled and prepared in front of you, bringing a hands-on, interactive element to the dining experience. While this may not be the Bologna’s finest diner, customers can be guaranteed quality, fresh produce, efficient service, and all for a reasonable price.
As made obvious by the name, this restaurant offers traditional Greek cuisine. The dishes are simple but tasty, with a heavy focus on seafood, as well as classic Greek salads and a light tzatziki that never fails to deliver. To echo the theme of the restaurant, the décor is Greek inspired, with Corinthian style columns and a wall painting featuring the blue domed buildings synonymous with Greek culture. El Greco should be tried by those seeking a departure from the classic Italian food that is found widely across the city.
This spot is situated a short walk away from Bologna’s central station and is a handy spot for a quick lunch or evening drink. Fermento is a restaurant that doubles as a wine bar with regionally sourced wine that is fantastic in its quality. Aside from the list of beverages, customers can enjoy deli-style sandwiches made from delicious Italian bread as well as tasty pastas and soups such as the radish and pumpkin soup. The furnishings are contemporary in design, accompanied by an arty exposed brick wall and low hanging lights, providing a cozy atmosphere.