Bologna for a non-red meat eater
I know, I know, it is insane to go to Bologna and not eat meat. I'll be there (and Ravenna) in late February, and am looking forward to a few great meals. I do not eat red meat, but do eat poultry, love seafood, etc. and am (aside from the meat thing) a very adventurous eater. Any recommendations out there for great meals in Bologna that don't revolve around meat? The restaurants so far on my short list are Cesarina, Il Conte Bistrot and Il Cantuccio. Anyone have any information or thoughts on these? Would also love recommendations on any interesting wine bars there. Thanks very much in advance for any information or advice you can give me.
Just back from Bologna, and I had a fantastic time. First night I ate at Da Cesarina. I started with a fresh pasta with seafood - spectacular. Very light, lots of flavor. Before the meal they brought out these little beignet type things (the waitress said it was fried bread) that I'd love to be able to make at home. Main course was a grilled sea bass. Very simple preparation, and not too different from what I can get at home. I wished I'd gone for pasta as my main.
Second night was at Il Conte Bistrot. Very nice place, very pretty, and the food was very good. Started with an octopus salad, then moved on to fish in acqua pazza (sp?). The octopus salad was the clear star of the meal, but the fish was nicely done too.
Third day I ate at a place that didn't look like much, but I ended up enjoying it called Cafe Ercoles (I think). Started with baby squid with tomato and peas, then moved on to ravioli with mushroom and truffles. Yum.
None of these meals was very expensive (although none were inexpensive). The first two ended up being just under 50 euros (but keep in mind I also had wine and a bottle of water). The third meal was about 25 euros.
And yes, those mosaics in Ravenna are absolutely breath taking. Thanks to everyone for all your advice!
Thanks to both of you. I'm thinking I will definitely check out Da Cesari, based on this reccomendation and others I have read. Glad to hear that my non-meat thing won't be a problem, some people I've talked to made me feel like I was making a big mistake. But I'm very excited. Will check out ChiliDude's url, and will definitely report back (although my trip isn't until February). Thanks again.
Two of the best meals we had in Bolonga earlier this year were, indeed, at Cesari and at Trattoria Gianni on via Clavature. There are plenty of non-red-meat options on offer at those, and the other good places. From my scribbled notes, here is what two of us ate for about 60 Euro at Gianni:
2 tortellini in brodo
1 rabbit al forno
1 strozzapretti alla Gianni
Bologna is an amazing, amazing place for chowhounds..have lots of fun. And see if you can find the long-ish report I wrote on those two places, and on Caminetto D'Oro and Tamburini, after my return last January...not sure if you can find in with a search....
many restaurants offer fish and poultry in Bologna, I think you will have good luck with that, based on a scan of my slowfood and my 5-yr old gambero rosso guides. Places like Da Cesari, Caminetto d'Oro, Battibecco etc offer fish on their menus - other, smaller places are likely to have faraona, anatra and other poultry dishes, cheese-filled pasta, etc. You should do fine.
The mosaics in Ravenna are stunning.
Enjoy and please post back what you find.
Thanks to you both. Foodphoto, I'd love to see your pix. I'm only there for a long weekend, so I'm picking Ravenna as my side trip (gotta see those murals). I guess there isn't any real info out there on especially good seafood restaurants in Bologna. Thanks again to both of your for your replies,