10 Things to eat in Bologna and where

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The cuisine of Bologna, the capital of Emilia-Romagna, is undoubtedly a generous cuisine: from tagliatelle with meat sauce to lasagna, from tortellini to petroniana cutlet, passing through the beloved and venerated mortadella. It is no coincidence that the city is called "the fat", as well as learned and red, in short, the local cuisine is internationally known and Bologna is often referred to as the city of food.

In the shadow of the two towers are the historic taverns, refined restaurants, shops and wine bars where you can eat well and enjoy typical dishes. Here the 10 best things to eat in Bologna.


  1. Crescentine
  2. Lasagna
  3. passatelli
  4. Tagliatelle with ragu
  5. Gramigna with sausage and cream
  6. Tortellini
  7. Bolognese sticks
  8. Petroniana cutlet
  9. Friggione
  10. rice cake
  11. Where to eat in Bologna: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Crescentine

I am a type of bread usually consumed as an appetizer or during aperitifs. It is about rectangles of fried dough. The dough is made from flour, milk, water and lard. They are eaten with cold cuts or cheeses, such as squaquerone (the creamy cheese originally from Romagna) and should be served hot.

  • Recommended to: appetizer, aperitif
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, milk, water, lard, salt

2 - Lasagna

Lasagna has become a symbol of Italian cuisine abroad, so much so that the term "Bolognese" lasagna is often used to indicate them.
According to tradition, the egg pasta sheets must be green, that is with the addition of spinach, e alternated with layers of meat sauce, bechamel and Parmigiano Reggiano. They should be served after cooking in the oven.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: green egg lasagna, tomato sauce, onion, salt, white wine, carrots, beef, pork, celery, bechamel, Parmigiano Reggiano

3 - Passatelli

A dish of Romagna origin, which has now entered the Bolognese culinary tradition. They are obtained from a mixture of parmesan, breadcrumbs and eggs, which is subsequently worked with an "iron", to obtain the irregular shape that characterizes them.
Unlike the Romagna recipe, passatelli in Bologna they are served in broth.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: parmesan, breadcrumbs, eggs, salt, pepper, nutmeg, meat broth

4 - Tagliatelle with meat sauce

It is a internationally known dish. I'm a fresh pasta and they are so called because they are obtained by rolling the thin sheet, cutting it into strips.
The recipe wants them to come served with Bolognese sauce, prepared with beef pulp, ground and cooked in a sautéed butter, bacon, various flavors, celery, red wine, tomato sauce and parmesan.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: egg pasta, tomato sauce, beef pulp, celery, yellow carrot, salt, pepper, onion, pork belly, butter, red wine, milk, broth

5 - Gramigna with sausage and cream

It is a type of Emilian pasta, laundry, short and spiral shape.
The weed it is usually served with fresh sausage, that is the one with only one type of meat and tomato in minimal quantities, however the variant with cream is very common, such as the one with meat sauce.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 12,00
  • Main ingredients: gramigna, sausage, onion, rosemary, extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, cream, white wine

6 - Tortellini

It is the unequivocal symbol of Bologna.
The authorship of the dish has always been disputed with Modena, in any case it is possible to trace its main characteristics: the tortellino is made from a mixture of flour and eggs with a filling of pork loin, raw ham, mortadella, eggs, nutmeg and Parmigiano Reggiano (at least according to the recipe deposited by the "Confraternita del tortellino").

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 14,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, pork loin, raw ham, mortadella, Parmigiano Reggiano, nutmeg, butter, salt

7 - Bolognese sticks

I'm a tasty appetizer based on meat, mortadella and cheese. It is a historical dish, whose origin dates back to the nineteenth century. According to the traditional recipe, livers must be present among the types of meat on the skewer.

  • Recommended to: starter
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: livers, Emmentaller, mortadella, salt, extra virgin olive oil, breadcrumbs, eggs

8 - Petroniana cutlet

Also known as Bolognese cutlet, this is a really tasty main course. The cutlet it can be chicken or veal, first it comes fried with lard, and then simmered in meat broth. Once placed on a baking sheet it is covered with a slice of raw ham, plenty of Parmigiano Reggiano and left in the oven.
In some variations, out of the oven the cutlet is covered with trifola, a white truffle found on the Apennines.

  • Recommended to: Lunch Dinner
  • Average cost: € 9,00
  • Main ingredients: chicken or veal, flour, butter, Parmigiano Reggiano, breadcrumbs, eggs, raw ham, meat broth

9 - Friggione

The original recipe, like that of the ragù, is deposited at the Bologna Chamber of Commerce. It is about a typical side dish, based on tomato and onion, of peasant origin, to be consumed preferably on a slice of bread.

  • Recommended to: appetizer, side dish
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: white onions, lard, tomato, sugar, salt, black pepper

10 - Rice cake

Also known as the decoration cake, is a rice-based baked cake, milk, macaroons, sugar, candied fruit, almonds flavored with lemon peel and armelline liqueur (bitter almonds).

  • Recommended to: snack
  • Average cost: € 6,00
  • Main ingredients: eggs, arborio rice, milk, sugar, almonds, vanilla, lemon, cinnamon, butter, armelline liqueur

Where to eat in Bologna: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

In Bologna, the convivial place to sit down and start your meal, perhaps starting from a cutting board, is the tavern, a place where history, tradition and social life come together and warm the environment.

In the city it is also possible to sit at the tables of starred restaurants, taste wine and crescentine outdoors, consume typical dishes around the city, or sit at the tables of a restaurant on the Bolognese hills. Here are the best places to eat in Bologna:

1 - Osteria Bottega

  • Description: typical tavern in a rather central position
  • specialty: passatelli, tortellini
  • Average price: from € 28,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 051585111

2 - The Porticoes

  • Description: the only starred restaurant within the city walls
  • specialty: shellfish ravioli and Romagna broth
  • Average price: from € 90,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: + 39 0514218562

3 - Trattoria della Gigina

  • Description: inaugurated in 1956, it preserves and passes on traditional Emilian recipes
  • specialty: tagliatelle with meat sauce, tortellini in broth
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 051 322300

4 - Vicolo Colombina

  • Description: restaurant in an alley a stone's throw from Piazza Maggiore, a mix of tavern, restaurant and wine bar
  • specialty: lasagna with white meat sauce
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 051233919

5 - Trattoria da Vito

  • Description: historic trattoria, known as "the tavern of Guccini"; it is a place with antique furnishings and a convivial atmosphere
  • specialty: tortelli in broth, tagliatelle with meat sauce
  • Average price: from € 20,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 051349809

6 - Osteria del Sole

  • Description: in the center, it is the oldest tavern in Bologna, opened in 1425. Its peculiarity is that customers can bring food from outside and consume it seated at large wooden tables, drinking the wine that is served
  • specialty: wine, with the possibility of taking away food
  • Average price: from € 3,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 3479680171

7 - Bottega Portici

  • Description: located under the two Towers, it is an innovative street food format, where it is possible to buy typical dishes served in organic containers, to be consumed inside the restaurant or around the city
  • specialty: tortelli in broth or with parmesan cream, tagliatelle with meat sauce
  • Average price: from € 8,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 0512964231

8 - Osteria dal Nonno

  • Description: located on the Bolognese hills, the restaurant serves only crescentine and tigelle with cold cuts and cheeses, to be consumed with a view from above of the city
  • specialty: crescentine, tigelle, meats and cheeses
  • Average price: from € 22,00 per person
  • Address: Get directions / tel: +39 051 589093
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