This gelato parlor, famed within the city of Bologna, retains its charm as a traditional sorbetteria. The taste and creamy texture of the gelato boast the flavors of years of experience and skill. The delicious and tempting gelato cakes complete the selection of delicacies. Outside, under the arches, are tables where you can enjoy the wonderful gastronomic works of art produced in this gelateria.
For a taste of fabulous Bolognese food, Al Sangiovese is among the finest in the city. This cozy little restaurant makes a superb option for romantic dates as well. Their fare is a beautiful medley of traditional as well as creative dishes. You can see the passion for their cuisine in the way they prepare and present their plates. Try some of their dishes like Risotto al Sangiovese, Lasagne Verdi alla Bolognese and Tagliatelle al Ragù. Or just try the chef's recommendation. Round off your meal with decadent desserts and complement it with fine wine. Reservations are highly recommended.
The Osteria del Sole is one of Bolognas oldest restaurants, dating back to the 15th Century. Not far from the Piazza Maggiore, this is a picturesque pub with a mixed clientèle. Vast selection of wines, the Osteria del Sole is perfect for a nice glass of wine. The informality of the venue and the easy-going management mean you can even eat food from the nearby supermarket on the premises. They do not have a telephone, so no calling ahead to book or request information - just show up!
Ristorante Garganelli is a part of Savoia Hotel Regency. Besides some fabulous regional delights which includes meat and vegetables, they also serve great seafood. Try some of their dishes like homemade Tagliatelle with Bolognese ragout sauce, Cognac Flambé Prawn Tails on a Cream of Pulses Soup and Rosemary flowers, and Saffron pistils potatoes dumplings ,asparagus and squids. Don't miss out their equally decadent desserts. This elegant restaurant will wow you not only with its scrumptious fare but also with its attentive service and refined decor. Ideal for a romantic meal, business lunch or for special occasions, Ristorante Garganelli is worth a try. Reservations are highly recommended.
One of the best places in town for ice cream lovers, the acclaimed Gelateria Gianni has been delighting locals and tourists alike for decades. This artisan ice cream shop will wow you with their creations that are made from regional ingredients. If yu have any food intolerance, they will make one for you to suit your preference. Drop in for a scoop or two and you will know why they are so loved.
This original and refined restaurant is to be found in the heart of historic Bologna, in a side street linking Via Santo Stefano with via Castiglione. The decor, based on a traditional pharmacy, and the original fittings from the period create a warm, cozy and welcoming atmosphere. The specialties are always beautifully presented, often prepared with seasonal ingredients, featuring creative dishes and several fish recipes. Among the highlights are: Tortellini with stracchino and artichokes, Stuffed bread with beans, Stuffed potato triangles with truffles, Maeche with eggs, Anchovies and spinach, on a bed of apples and sea bass.
At Buca delle Campane, you will find original Bolognese cooking in a very attractive setting: the restaurant is set in a building dating back to the 13th Century, which has been completely restored. The walls are adorned with frescoes by Raviola-giovane (alias Magnus, of Magnus and Bunker) and others. At Buca delle Campane you can really have a good time. Every evening there is music with Italian and foreign revivals. There is candlelit dining for couples in separate rooms. If it is summer and you feel it is too hot to be indoors, relax!
In the attractive atmosphere of the Corte Isolani, housed in a historic palace, you will find this original restaurant that offers delightful dishes with extreme courtesy. The restaurant is simply decorated, elegant and welcoming. The specialties on offer belong to the traditions of Bolognese cooking with the unfailing fresh, homemade pasta and a few original but tasty seasonal dishes. On the menu are Tagliatelle with shrimp and zucchini flowers, Tagliatelle bolognese, porkchops alla Petroniana and salted sea-bass.
Cabala's atmosphere is reserved and elegant. A few meters from the Torre degl iAsinelli, the luxurious Cabala has a bar area with both bar and table service, a chill-out area with comfortable seats and a dance area. Every evening, from 10p-4a there is live music in the piano bar with a pianist.
The Caffé dei Commercianti is a little like a Parisian bistro from the early 20th Century and the tables are lit by Art Deco lights. It has become popular with people wanting to have an aperitif before heading off for dinner and is frequented by well known writers like Umberto Eco and Stefano Benni.