All'Osteria Bottega, Bologna
Tel: 39 051 585 111
Concierge.com's insider take:
This serious neighborhood osteria, not far from the Porta Saragozza town gate, celebrates the humble pig in all its gastronomic guises, from Parma ham aged for 30 months to gramigna con salsiccia (curly pasta shapes in tomato and sausage sauce). Host Daniele Minarelli is a highly knowledgeable gourmet and wine buff, and it pays to follow his prompts. The tortellini in chicken broth is exquisite; among the secondi try the cotoletta alla Bolognesea huge veal cutlet fried in breadcrumbs, then wrapped in thin slices of ham and coated in melted parmesan. They also serve an excellent Bolognese dessert called torta di riso, a moist rice cake flavored with crumbled amaretti biscuits, candied fruit, almonds, and lemon peel. This place is well known on the city's foodie circuit and it only seats 24, so book ahead.
Open Tuesdays through Sunday afternoons.