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CAMINETTO D'ORO & TWINSIDE
Restaurants | Food & Wine
Caminetto d'Oro has been serving the Bolognese at the most enlightened of tourists since the 1980s, testament to the passion and dedication of the Carati family towards the wonders of traditional Bolognese cooking and high quality local produce.
Caminetto d'Oro's (literally Golden Chimney) first role in Bolognese society was providing the people bread as it was a simple oven (hence the chimney) in the 1930s, it began serving Bologna as a restaurant in the 1950s at the hands of a Tuscan family. Finally, on the 8th of March 1980, the Carati family open Caminetto d’Oro.
Maria Carati, self-taught cook with the utmost respect for high quality produce; Gino Carati, experienced in working organic flours to make fresh pasta and bread in the restaurant's still working oven; Paolo Carati, son and professional sommelier running the front of house and a well-furnished wine cellar with his wife Flavia.
A truly passionate family who can be seen at the restaurant working with the same passion as 32 years ago; to this day Caminetto d'Oro still make their own bread and pasta everyday in the original oven.
Located near a well-known Bolognese theatre (Arena del Sole) the restaurant is often visited by artists and influential Bolognese citizens; lining the walls of dining rooms are photographs and pieces of art by Bolognese artists give the restaurant an arty feeling and gives diners a glimpse of some wonderful Bolognese art.
In 2008 the Carati family open Twinside, the bistrot of Caminetto d'Oro right next door.
The bistrot is much more casual, with its open plan kitchen visible from the main dining area which has a long wooden table to be shared with others. Perfect for discussions with fellow "connoisseurs" before and after a show at the nearby theatre.
Not only does the bistrot have different specials according to the season but also depending on the time, it is the perfect place for a quick lunch or a casual dinner, they also offer dishes from the main restaurant in the evening, and of course Twinside's famous Italian "aperitivo" is one of the best in Bologna.
Make sure you try their Tagliatelle al Ragù (the real Spaghetti Bolognese), do not be shy and ask for some freshly made bread with which we suggest you use to mop up any sauce that may have escape your fork, it would be a sin not to.
Their take on the traditional Bolognese dish of boiled meat is a must-try. As is the T-bone steak using the native Emilia-Romagna breed of cattle, "Romagnola".
A restaurant that brings to its diners all that is beautiful about Bologna and Emilia Romagna: from the art on the walls of both Caminetto d'Oro and Twinside, to the food and finally (but most not definitely not least) the sense of family and tradition, perhaps the most Italian of traits.
Closed on Sunday
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