Fodor's Expert Review Da Cesari

$$ Bologna Emilian Fodor's Choice

Host Paolino Cesari has been presiding over his eatery since 1962, and he and his staff go out of their way to make you feel at home. The food's terrific, and if you love pork products, try anything on the menu with mora romagnola: Paolino has direct contact with the people who raise this breed that nearly became extinct (he calls it "my pig"). The highly flavorful meat makes divine salame, among other things. All the usual Bolognesi classics are here, as well as—in fall and winter—an inspired scaloppina alla Petroniana (veal cutlet with prosciutto and fontina) that comes smothered in white truffles. This one-room restaurant has white tablecloths, dark-wood paneling, wine-bottle-lined walls, and is just a few minutes' walk from Piazza Maggiore.

Emilian Service Lunch Dinner $$ Fodor's Choice Sophisticated

Quick Facts

Via de' Carbonesi 8
Bologna, Emilia-Romagna  40124, Italy


Known For:
  • Pork dishes like flavorful salame
  • Wine list with lots of local bottles
  • Traditional setting
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., Aug., and 1 wk in Jan., Reservations essential

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