Fodor's Expert Review Da Cesari

$$ Bologna Italian Fodor's Choice

Host Paolino Cesari has been presiding over his eatery since 1955, 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 scaloppa 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.

Italian Emilian Service Lunch Dinner $$ Fodor's Choice Sophisticated

Quick Facts

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


Known For:
  • Pork dishes made from Mora Romagnola breed of pig
  • Wine list with lots of local bottles
  • The genial host
  • Classic Bolognesi dishes
  • Traditional look, with wooden paneling and white tablecloths
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun., 3 wks in Aug., and 1 wk in Jan.

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