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Top 5 Restaurants in Bologna

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At number 1 we have I Portici Hotel's Restaurant. Proud owner of the only Michelin star in Bologna the restaurant is definitely among the best in Bologna. The Portici Restaurant is definitely among the most elegant and most delicious restaurants in Bologna, it is a long way away from the classic and traditional Bolognese trattorias that many people come to Bologna for, however from the menu it is obvious to see the Bolognese influence. Many dishes are similar to many classic Bolognese dishes with a modern twist. We highly recommend this restaurant as the quality of food and service is among the very best in Bologna. 

Number 2 is the delightful Al Pappagallo restaurant. Quite literally in the shadow of the two towers that are the symbol of Bologna, this restaurant represents classic Bolognese cuisine done as it should be. Al Pappagallo is one of the most important restaurants in Bologna, and has been for quite some time. The photographs on the wall are a testament to that, a great many VIPs have found there way to the Pappagallo's door to try their famous "tortellini in brodo" who, as legend has it, should be a representation of Venus' navel. Pappagallo seems to have been frozen in time, holding on to certain traditions that many other restaurants stopped following many many years ago, for example if you are a lady, your menu will not have the prices printed next to the dishes. Overall Al Pappagallo has some of the best and most traditional food you will find in Bologna and that is why we must recommend a visit here.

 

At number 3 we have the wonderful Caminetto d'Oro. Its name literally means: Golden Chimney it's a tribute to the first role it had in the 1930s serving the Bolognese the finest bread in Bologna. Located on the main street and near an important Bolognese theatre (Arena Del Sole) the restaurant is often visited by artists and influential Bolognese citizens. The walls of Caminetto d'Oro are lined with many photographs and works of art donated to them by various artists. The food is classic Bolognese with a very slight modern twist and most importantly all of the produce and ingredients can be sourced directly from the surround Emilia. This restaurant is a celebration of all that is beautiful in Emilia Romagna from the food, the bread, the wines down to the very art that hangs on its walls. A must visit for both locals and tourists.
 
Number 4 is All'Osteria Bottega. Perhaps one of Bologna's most secretive restaurants, it is such a tiny place that many people miss it, however I can assure you that if you eat here you will never forget it or where it is. Originally started as a shop this turned into a restaurant with high quality produce. The founder and manager Minarelli grew up on a farm in the outskirts of Bologna, raised by a father who was a hunter and having learnt to cook from his mother and grandmother. However the ingredients and attention to quality are not the only things that are fist class here, the chef comes from the ALMA school near Parma which is headed by Gualtiero Marchesi who was the first Italian chef to win the coveted 3 Michelin stars. Minarelli says the care for quality and the relationship between him and the head chef are the secret to creating simple and traditional, but most importantly, delicious Bolognese food.

Number 5 is Drogheria Della Rosa, this traditional Bolognese trattoria has been converted from an old pharmacy and has kept much of the charm, from the wooden shovels to the traditional apothecary jars. However now the medicine served here is in the form of great food and the best wines from the Emilia region. The owner Emanuele Addone has mixed traditional Bolognese cooking with his southern Italian roots to create a truly unique experience which has attracted a lot of international celebrities from Arnold Schwarzennegger, Danny de Vito and Francis Ford Coppola. 

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