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Bologna - Food Walking Tour - Need Tips


Mar 20th, 2014, 12:49 PM
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Bologna - Food Walking Tour - Need Tips

We are going to Bologna for 1 day and staying downtown. We want to do a self-guided food walking tour. Where and why do you recommend?
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Mar 20th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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I don't think you can go wrong on food in Bologna. I'd do what my wife did (and does)--walk around reading menus and using your noses to decide. There are some good restaurants generally east and southeast of St. Petronio that are worth consideration--Pappagallo is very good and we had a memorable meal there, but there are many, many others.
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Pappagallo costs a fortune and requires a reservation. It is generally considered a businessman's lunch place.

Some things you need to know about the markets:

The historic markets are open in the morning and in the afternoon after 4pm -- except Thursday afternoons and all day Sunday when they are not open at all. In addition to the markets in the historic quarter you should make a visit to the via Oberdan to Franco e Bruno and Terzi (for coffee). Even including the via Oberdan the historic food market area of Bologna is not large. In an hour or two you can circumnavigate all the shops more than once. You should follow your nose.

There is a place inside the market area called Osteria del Sole. You can look it up online. You can walk around the markets and purchase a "picnic" lunch from the shops and take it to Osteria del Sole and eat it there if you buy a glass of wine. It is a great way to enjoy the markets. Before going to Bologna you should familiarize yourself before you go to Bologna with what the local specialties are. As you move around the markets you should look for the unique food products of Bologna and buy things to sample. Don't neglect to buy small amounts of seasonal produce and herbs just to taste in addition to prepared foods and cheeses. Fresh produce in Bologna is often amazingly good in the market area.

If you wish to buy food to take back to your home country some outstanding items are mostarde (sold at Melega) and dried mushrooms.

The historic chocolate maker in Bologna is Majani. You can find their products sold by many vendors all over Bologna but they also have a beautiful shop away from the historic market area (but easy to walk to). If you are interested you can find the address online.

The star of the Bologna kitchen is fresh pasta. You need to go to a quality restaurant in Bologna to sample it. My recommendation would be either Caminetto d'Oro or Teresina or Osteria all'Bottega if you are most interested in pasta dishes with meat.
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I highly recommend that you do NOT go to Eataly (which is an Americanized tourist substitute for the real deal of Italy's historic markets).
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