Locals and other cognoscenti frequent this sleek eatery just minutes away from Piazza del Duomo. Two small rooms—one white, the other with red accents—have linen tablecloths and jazz playing softly in the background. Chef Gabriele Romagnoli uses prime local ingredients to create gustatory taste sensations on a menu that changes daily. His sformatino di patate (potato flan) resembles a French gratin, but he sauces it with salamina e Parmigiano (that deliciously unctuous pork product made into a smooth sauce with the help of Parmesan cheese), thus rendering it deliciously Ferraresi. Fish figures prominently among his dishes. The restaurant's tasting menu is well priced, its wine list is divine, and the service, led by hands-on, gregarious proprietor Mara Farinelli, is always top-notch.
Via Castelnuovo 9, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, 44100, Italy