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Bologna restaurants

They don't call Bologna la grassa (the "fat lady") for nothing. In this, the gastronomic capital of northern Italy, local osterie and trattorie dish out generous platters of traditional tortellini, tagliatelle with ragù (what we think of as Bolognese sauce, which is never served with spaghetti), mortadella, and tigelle (flatbreads), not to mention good local wines—even humble lambrusco can shine in the hands of the right producer. Remember to leave room for some gelato tasting, since Bologna has some of the best ice cream in Italy. And don't leave before you've checked out the city's delis, most of which—like venerable old Tamburini—cluster in the network of lanes around Via delle Drapperie, east of Piazza Maggiore.

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Al Cambio, Bologna

This lesser-known gem located outside Bologna's city walls is worth the trek. Chef Massimo Poggi, considered to be one of Italy's promising young...more

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All'Osteria Bottega, Bologna

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...more

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Bitone, Bologna

Visiting gourmets and locals rave about the fresh local cuisine that has earned this popular dining spot a Michelin star. Housed in a wedge-shaped building...more

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Diana, Bologna

This 1920s restaurant located near Piazza Maggiore was once considered the high palace of Bolognese cuisine. It still does justice to the basics—tortellini...more

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Drogheria della Rosa, Bologna

Bohemian chic is the key mood in this funky gourmet bistro. In a designer-cluttered former druggist's emporium, with ancient glass jars still intact on the...more

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Gelaterias, Bologna

As befits a city that takes its food seriously, Bologna can boast a handful of ice-cream emporiums that are the equal of anything in Rome, Florence, or Naples....more

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Marco Fadiga Bistrot, Bologna

Tucked away in a courtyard, this in-crowd diner weds the informality of a Parisian bistro with the culinary intensity of serious Italian chef Marco...more

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Meloncello, Bologna

Nestled along the covered portico leading up to San Luca, this tiny trattoria is easy to miss. But its unassuming facade belies the basic but delicious dishes...more

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Nicola's Pizzeria, Bologna

Bologna's best pizzeria serves up crispy pies with scrumptious toppings in a quiet square near Montagnola and the Ghetto. Best to visit when the weather is...more

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Pappagallo, Bologna

A Bolognese institution, the "Parrot" is housed in a medieval building near the city's two leaning towers. The comfortable but rather demode restaurant is a...more

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