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San Domenico, Imola - worth the $$$?

seal Mar 17, 2007 04:01 AM

We will be spending 5 days in Tuscany and then driving up to Venice early in July. On our way we were thinking of stopping for a nice, long lunch in Bologna. I've read many good things about San Domenico, so I had a few questions for somebody whose eaten there recently.

Is this our best option and worth whatever it costs?

Are they even open for lunch?

Do I need to wear nicer clothes (jacket?) to eat lunch?

Other than one lunch at La Giostra in Florence we are eating wherever the mood strikes us, so I wanted one more exceptional meal. Is this it? I've pretty much decided that if we eat an expensive meal in Venice it will be more for the view than the food, so this seemed like a good option.

Many thanks to anyone who answers :o)

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  1. mnosyne RE: seal Mar 17, 2007 06:32 PM

    We had lunch at San Domenico in Imola a few years ago. We both enjoyed it, but it has always struck me that Italian restaurants that receive Michelin stars are more French than Italian. Something a little precious, maybe. I certainly can't fault the food or presentation. BTW, it would be appropriate to wear a jacket, but probably not required. Sorry I'm not more enthusiastic--my perceptions probably have been colored by a horrendous, multi-fatality truck vs. trailer accident we witnessed on the autostrada just afterward.

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      hartly RE: seal Mar 17, 2007 06:34 PM


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        hartly RE: seal Mar 17, 2007 06:35 PM

        it is worth the money, i think its perfect.

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          gah177 RE: seal May 15, 2010 04:18 PM

          I just had dinner at San Domenico and was very disappointed. The food was overpriced and the service was sub par for a two star Michelin. It was the biggest let down I have had in Italy. Go to Osteria Francescana in Modena. The food is much better than San Domenico.

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