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PLACES TO EAT IN BOLOGNA

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11 Best Places To Eat In Bologna

Where are the best places to eat in Bologna?

Firstly, there’s something you need to know about Bologna…

“La Grassa” –

Bologna has long stuck by one name – The fat one.

For many years, Bologna has sat on the culinary throne in the heart of Italy.

Eating here has become more than a time to fill your stomach. It’s a social and very important aspect of Bolognese life. So eating has to be top of your list for things to do in Bologna.

Bologna Italy is renowned for being the home of Mortadella, fresh pasta, Parmigiano Reggiano and many more.

Better yet, the Emilia Romagna food region is home to some of the best food in the world.

Take note as we show you 11 of the best places to eat in Bologna.

Places to eat in Bologna

1.Ristorante Pizzeria La Bella Napoli

places to eat in Bologna


The pizza here has been described by critics as “the best pizza in Italy”. Traditional interior and better yet, this Bologna food giant might just be one of the best restaurants in Bologna. Just on the fringes of the action, you can find this culinary king in the quieter part of town where locals have found where to eat in Bologna – so it must be good. Read our Tripadvisor review here.

Location: Via San Felice 40, Bologna

2. Da Cesari

places to eat in Bologna


Another contender for the best places to eat in Bologna. You wouldn’t naturally stumble across this place. We were recommended to eat here by our Airbnb host during a long weekend. Da Cesari is one of the best restaurants Bologna has to offer. Traditional meats and pastas are the usual culinary classics you can expect to see. We recommend ordering cold cuts to start and the famous Tortellini for mains. It does get busy, so book early. Read our review here.

Location: Via De Carbonesi 8, Bologna

3. Osteria dell’Orsa

places to eat in Bologna


Bologna Italy is all about the food. Prices are cheap here! The moment you step foot in to Osteria dell’Orsa, you’ll immediately feel Italian and part of the family. The atmosphere is always alive here. If you love local living, look where the locals go for the best Bologna food hangouts. You can get pasta of the day for €6. For places to eat in Bologna, try Osteria dell’Orsa.

Location: Via Menta 1, Bologna

Bologna Food Markets

4. Mercato di Mezzo

places to eat in Bologna


If the restaurants Bologna has to offer aren’t your thing, try the Bologna food markets. You won’t be stuck for places to eat and drink. Once inside Mercato di Mezzo, on show are all of the best Emilia Romagna food, wine and beer! Stand at the bar enjoying a beer (9% at that so take care) with a plate of pasta. The atmosphere is buzzing, loud and it gets quite busy by lunch so go early to get a table. This has to be one of the best things to do in Bologna. We love it. Read our review here.

Location: Via Rizzoli 9, Bologna

5. Mercato delle Erbe

places to eat in Bologna


If you can reserve a table at a market, then the food must be good. Mercato delle Erbe is another king in the Bologna food market area. If you’re searching where to eat in Bologna, try Mercato delle Erbe. Are you a veggie? Then you’ll have to visit here as the veggie cafe is simply amazing. As you follow your nose, expect to find sih, veg, meat and cheese stalls here. Definitely one of the best places to eat in Bologna.

Location: Via Ugo Bassi 25, Bologna

6. La Baita Formaggi

places to eat in Bologna


Get lost in the backstreets of Bologna behind Piazza Maggiore and you’ll find somewhere you didn’t know you were looking for. La Baita Formaggi. It won’t be hard to find this Bologna food king as you’ll be instantly be seduced by the strong smell of prosciutto, ham joints, cheeses and mortadella that hang from the ceilings here. Bologna food specialities can be ordered here such as Frittata di Verdura, light omelette. Prices vary from €10 – €15 for a good fill.

Location: Via Pescherie Vecchie 3/A, Bologna

7. Salumeria Simoni

places to eat in Bologna


If you’re looking where to eat in Bologna, you don’t always have to eat at restaurants. Salumeria Simoni is a classic example of this. Wander around the Quadrilatero and you’ll experience what typical Bologna food is all about. You’ll find Bologna Italy delicacies such as Parmigiano Reggiano, various cheeses (some really old ones), Prosciutto, washed down with a vino rosso. Perfecto! One of the best places to eat in Bologna for sure.

Location: Via Drapperie 5/2a, Bologna

8. Trattoria Fantoni

places to eat in Bologna


Are you looking for the most traditional trattoria Bologna has to offer? Give your tastebuds a whirl at Trattoria Fantoni. You’ll soon learn that the best restaurants in Bologna are actually simplistic, hearty and laid back. The menu is printed daily so you now the food is going to be fresh. Order typical Bologna food such as pasta, meat, fish. Accompanied by a large glass of vino rosso.

Location: Via del Pratello 11/a, Bologna

9. Trattoria Meloncello

places to eat in Bologna


As you walk up to the church of San Luca, you’ll find this typically Italian trattoria. Instantly, you’ll learn what Bologna Italy is all about. We recommend ordering the Polpette in tomato sauce. The meatballs stand claim to be the king of Bologna food.

Location: Via Saragozza, 240/a, Bologna

10. Nicola’s Pizzeria

places to eat in Bologna


If you’re looking where to eat in Bologna that serves the best pizza’s, you’ve struck gold. Nicola’s Pizzeria serve some of the best pizza in Bologna. This is definitely one of the best restaurants Bologna has to offer. The Pizza is perfect here, crisp and full of flavour. If pizza isn’t your thing, try some of the pasta dishes, they’re just as amazing.

Location: Piazza San Martino 9, Bologna

11. Osteria dplaces to eat in Bolognael Sole


This isn’t a restaurant as such but rather the oldest bar in Bologna, Italy for that matter. However, it’s still one of the best places to eat in Bologna. It’s known for serving the best wines in the Emilia Romagna region. “Where’s the food?” Osteria del Sole is typically known for allowing visitors to take food from the Bologna food market (or anywhere else) and eat it right in the bar. Magnifico!

Location: Vicolo Ranocchi 1/d, Bologna

So if you don’t know where to eat in Bologna – follow your nose. You can’t go wrong.

For the best places to eat in Bologna:

  • Visit a Bologna food market.
  • Eat at a Pizzeria.
  • Go to Osteria del Sole.

Thought of any other places to eat in Bologna? We’d love to know your ideas and thoughts!

Feel free to comment below.

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  • Natasha
    April 16, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    Great tips. If I am ever in Bologna I will check these places out for sure

    • James
      April 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks a lot. And yes, you really should visit Bologna, the food here is the best! Thanks again.

  • Harmony,Momma To Go
    April 16, 2017 at 1:06 pm

    Love this! I’m pinning to my Italy board!!!!!

    • James
      April 16, 2017 at 2:44 pm

      Thanks a lot. Yes, Bologna, you have to visit!