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zeppole Jan 12th, 2011 01:05 PM


Bologna is a very red-meaty place. However, many pastas served in "brodo" are served in a poultry broth, so a pasta dish like passatelli in brodo (an egg pasta that, unlike tortellini, is not stuffed with meat) might be great unique Bolognese dish for you to try. Also, you can find chicken and turkey on menus offered as main courses, as well as duck.

I missed my chance to eat at Trattoria dal Biassanot, but there are a number of other restaurants bunched up in that same area that might work for you as well. Serghei is also on the via Piella, just further down the street. It serves stuffed vegetables (like zucchini) and roasted turkey or braised duck as a main course. Around the corner, on the via Bertieri, you will find the super-cheap and charming La Mariposa, which has excellent ravioli stuffed with ricotta and spinach, dressed with butter and sage. It also serves a breast of chicken, but I cannot recommend it, since it was rather dry.

If you're not looking for inexpensive, the restaurant Trattoria Twinside is owned and run by an extremely highly-regarded Bolognese Restaurant called Caminetto d'Oro, but Trattoria Twinside is informal and trendy and goes in for creativity in cooking. The ingredients they use are of the highest quality. They have chicken salads as well as many vegetarian dishes and a really wonderful cheese plate. It's pricier than other restaurants but not extravagant, and the informality means don't feel obliged to order a full 4 course meal. It has a amazing beer and wine list (the best I saw in Bologna). It is located at Via de' Falegnami, 6.

scatcat Jan 12th, 2011 04:50 PM


Thanks for all the information. I do eat gnocchi so Ill have to try that! And the pear with wine sauce and ice cream sounds wonderful. I have never had prosecco, but I've heard so many people speak of it. Might give it a try.


I am writing down the name of the pasta dish. Thanks for the tip on the dry chicken breast. The stuffed vegetables sound like something I will eat. I absolutely love salads so I'll try the chicken salad at Trattoria Twinside. And I am glad to not be obliged to order so many courses. I eat several times a day, but only small amounts. I waste a lot of food.

zeppole Jan 13th, 2011 07:50 PM


I better warn you that had a really lousy version of passatelli in brodo at Trattoria Tony, which also happens to be in that neighborhood, on the via Righi. The Ristorante Diana's version was exemplary, and if you wanted to try it there, you could also order it with just one other course (but you might not want to miss Diana's ice creams or cooked pears for dessert.)

As long as I am sharing warnings, I do know an elderly woman who had her purse snatched on the aptly-named via Malcontenti, which is down the street from your hotel, in the opposite direction from the via Piella and the via Oberdan. Ninety percent of the time I stay in Bologna, I stay right in the area of that street, so knowing about the purse-snatching has never deterred me from picking a hotel in that area. I do however, generally walk on the well trafficked brightly lit streets of via Piella and via Righi, even if I am going to the via dell'Indipendenza.

Your hotel is kitty korner to via Piella, and right across the street from La Mariposa, and on the corner of via Piella is Serghei. When you walk down via Piella toward the via Righi (which is where Trattoria dal Biassanot is) you will cross a bridge where you will find a wall with a little window cut-out in it. If you look through that window, you can see what is left of the canals in Bologna. They date back to the 12th, and Bologna is thinking about restoring the entire network.

Sampaguita Jan 13th, 2011 08:22 PM

We just spend 2 nights in Bologna and I would highly recommend a visit to the daily food market as well as the Santo Stephano church complex (5 churches) which we thought was the highlight. We did like the Basilica of Sant Petronius too, its awesomely large and the pity is that it wasn't completed (the Papal legate diverted the funds so the story goes..). We cannot say much about the restaurants, we ate at two very good by anywhere but Piedmont standards, but didn't knock off our socks, so won't mention them. But we can't speak too highly of the Antica Residenza d'Azeglio a small charming B&B only a short walk from the centre.

scatcat Jan 14th, 2011 03:16 PM

Thanks zeppole for the warnings for the passatelli and the purse snatchers. Do you have another recommendation for a hotel in a better location? I know that purse snatcher can show up at any location, but if there is a particular location that would be better for me, I can cancel my reservations.

I hope I can find the window to see the canals. It would be womnrful if they could all be restored.


I like to walk through food markets too. It amazes me how beautiful the fruits and veggies are. The tomatoes here never look like the ones I find in Europe. Did you walk to the churches or taxi?

basingstoke2 Jan 14th, 2011 04:54 PM

scatcat - don't worry about the hotel's location - there is nothing wrong with it -it's fine and as safe as anywhere else. There probably not a street in Bologna or most other cities at one time or another where a purse has not been snatched.

scatcat Jan 14th, 2011 05:38 PM

Thanks basingstoke. I'll stick with Hotel Paradise. I try to watch and be aware of people. I have seen women in Nice have their purses snatched. It happens really fast.

basingstoke2 Jan 14th, 2011 08:28 PM

scatcat - here is a link to some Bologna photos - in there is one of the Hotel Paradise exterior so you can get an idea of the street. There are also 2 photos taken in the Trattoria dal Biassanot. Look for the Bologna collection on the page. I think they are best viewed as a slideshow.

Sampaguita Jan 14th, 2011 08:54 PM

central Bologna is small enough to walk around

scatcat Jan 15th, 2011 02:45 PM

Very nice photos basingstoke! Trattoria dal Biassanot looks nice. Are they open for lunch as well as dinner?

Thanks Sampaguita. I would rather walk as long as I know where I'm going. Will the TI have a map of Bologna?

basingstoke2 Jan 15th, 2011 04:12 PM

Scat - yes they are

Pvoyageuse Jan 23rd, 2011 12:58 PM

"I hope I can find the window to see the canals.

Go to Via Piella 16/18. There is a little bridge overlooking a canal and it comes complete with love padlocks.

annhig Mar 29th, 2011 06:39 AM

hi, just reviving this thread to ask about restaurant recommendations for lunch in Bologna, as I'm promising myself a day trip there after I've finished my italian language course in Tuscany [I'll be staying in Florence]

if you wanted a good meal, in nice but not over-formal surroundings, with the possibility of sitting outside [it'll be mid May] not too fussed about the price and with good wine, where would you go?

Keren Mar 29th, 2011 08:48 AM

Ann, I would go to Trattoria del Biassanot, already mentioned on this thread.

I had a lovely lunch there last September - grilled vegetables and a pasta dish with porcini mushrooms. It's possible to sit outside and if it's a weekday you don't have to reserve in advance. This meal plus a bottle of water cost me 18 Euros and the service was lovely, as well. The restaurant is centrally located and easy to find.

annhig Mar 29th, 2011 12:35 PM

hi karen,

I had a look at the website of the dal biassanot and the owners/managers have transferred to this place:

would you still recommend going there?

Keren Mar 30th, 2011 02:50 AM

Ann, if I understund this text correctly, they say that the owners had acquired their expertise at Da Pietro before moving to Biassanot which is their current restaurant. I think this notice had already been there the first time I checked the website, which is last summer. So I would say, yes, go ahead and have lunch there, I know someone who's been there in Novembmer and had a wonderful dinner, for which he'd had to make a reservation - the restaurant was packed.

basingstoke2 Mar 30th, 2011 05:29 AM

If what I remember of my Italian is still viable, I agree with Keren's translation. It is the chef that counts, and I think the chef is the owner of the dal Biassanot. She works with her husband in the kitchen (I know he makes the gnocchi and I think the other pastas as well) and has won awards for her cuisine, and deservedly so.

annhig Mar 30th, 2011 05:45 AM

ok, I'll have another look!

what perhaps confused me was that the dal Biassanot website said it was under construction, suggesting a change of ownership.

but thanks for putting me straight!

annhig Mar 30th, 2011 05:48 AM

ok, got it. I misread the qui [here] as a ci [there].

makes sense now.

it's top of my list, thanks.

bgmanne Mar 31st, 2011 08:34 PM

Thanks to all for your suggestions. The two restaurants on my dinner list are Da Cesari and Al Sangiovese. We leave in a month!

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