Scalinatella, Via Caduti Cefalonia 5/e
Pizza is cooked “al forno” and excellent. We can’t resist it! But they also have a lot of other choices. As you walk into the restaurant, check out the daily dishes they have layed out on the main table. This restaurant is not far from Piazza Maggiore & the Neptuno Statue, It’s down an alley off of Via Rizolli.
Trattoria Anna Maria, Via delle Belle Arti, 17A, Near the University Area
This restaurant is known for their great pasta dishes. They make it by hand each morning. If you’re walking by the restaurant during the day, you can look in the windows and see them all working. You might want to make a reservation for dinner because it’s very well known. But, it’s homey and not too pricey at all.
All’Osteria Bottega, Via Caterina, 51
Not far from the longest portico in Italy, this restaurant serves traditional Bolognese fare. It’s a favorite of several of our friends.
La Duca, Piazza Clementina, 3
Sit inside our outside and enjoy great coffee and delicious pastries from the Amalfi Coast.
Caffè Terzi, Via Oberdan, 10 ww.caffeterzibologna.com/en/
A small shop with excellent espresso and tsty treats. It’s a few blocks away from the more touristy area of Bologna, so it feels more like a locals’ hangout.
Cremeria Funivia, Piazza Cavour, 1
Best gelato in Bologna! An easy walk from Piazza Maggiore
Cremeria Santo Stefano, Via Santo Stefano, 70
Another good choice for gelato.
Befiore, Via Urbana 13
Another excellent gelato spot a bit west of the center of town, but worth the walk.
Eataly, Via degli Orefici, 19
This is a group of food shops that is worth a visit. There’s actually one in New York and also Milan. Mario Batelli is one of the owners. It’s a bit slick but, they have some good choices of cookbooks (in English) and kitchen stuff. It can be a fun place to sit, people watch and have a (somewhat pricey) snack.
Tamburini, via Caprarie, 1
This is the most famous food shop in Bologna with lots to see and taste. There’s a lot to check out here. You can also do a self-serve lunch there. But we always go to Scalinatella because we can’t resist their pizza.
Salumeria Simoni, Via Drapperie 5/2
This is another great street to stroll for food shops where locals line up to barter enthusiastically for their daily take of salamis and cheeses. Aside from the glorious delicatessans, this area is a great little hub to watch as the locals barter at stalls for the fruits, vegetables, fish and meats.
Paolo Atti & Figli, via Caprarie, 7
Check out their beautifully presented pastas, cakes, panettone and breads.
Caffe Arti & Mestieri, Via Emilia a San Pietro 14, Reggio Emilia, http://www.giannidamato.it
Located just next to the Max Mara store on the main shopping street of Reggio, this is a perfect stop for lunch or dinner while visiting Reggio Emilia. You can eat inside or in the pleasant shaded patio. The menu is seasonal and includes a wide variety of choices—pastas, entrees, salads and more. The service is friendly and attentive and the food is consistently fresh and good. When we were there, they offered a “fast lunch” option for the local business people and it was excellent, as well as a great deal for a Michelin starred restaurant. This spot is popular, so you might want to make a reservation.
La Morina, Corso Garibaldi, 24, Reggio Emilia, tel. 0522 43 11 40
Open for lunch or dinner. This family-owned trattoria creates typical dishes from the Emilia Romagna region—an area known for its fine foods and excellent pastas. It’s a casual and cosy spot located just a few blocks south of the center of the old town. Many of the recipes were inspired by the dishes made by the owner’s grandmother, “La Morina”. The pasta is made in-house and is prepared with meats, vegetables and sauces using the freshest ingredients. There are always some interesting specials and traditional standards. Among the main entrees, there might be tender leg of lamb, rabbit or pork. After eating here several times, we are still impressed with the consistent quality of the food and the friendly service. Don’t miss out on their Zuppa Inglese and fresh fruit tarts.
Bar Trattoria del Carbone, Galleria S. Maria, 1 http://www.ilcentrostorico.net
Conveniently located just west of Piazza Prampolini, this restaurant and bar is a bit more upscale, but not overly expensive. The service is friendly and they have an excellent chef who speaks English, French and Italian. On our visit, he came out from the kitchen and made several helpful suggestions. You will find traditional Emilia Romagna cuisine such as tagliatelle verde or veal scaloppini using the freshest ingredients. If you enjoy meat, try their Osso Buco, another excellent dish. The pastas are excellent—made in-house, of course. Although we didn’t think we had room for more, we tried their homemade panna cotta, which was the perfect balance of lightness and sweetness.
Trattoria La Buca, Via Ghizza, 6Tel. +39 0524 99214
This delightful trattoria is in a small town between Milan and Bologna off highway A2. It’s well-known for their fine food and cured meats, so be sure to make a reservation. The menu changes according to what’s in season and the cooks’ creativity. The pastas are made in house and the meats are cured in their cellar. It’s evident that this restaurant is a labor of love when you first enter the door. You will be greeted with a warm welcome and continue to receive attentive service. They have an excellent wine list and the homemade desserts are worth every calorie.