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Lunch spots in Bologna

I've heard fabulous things about the food in Bologna and it's worth a trip for lunch. Any suggestions?!

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  1. Gianni; Da Cesari..those were two of my favorites during three days there last year.

      1. re: shayne

        Tamburini does offer good value but it is more like a cafeteria than a restaurant. Another place I liked is Caminetto d'Oro but that is more innovative than the others I recommended....you cannot go wrong with either of the two I mentioned above. Or with Tamburini if you are on a budget of any kind. I wrote a summary of my meals at all four of these places...see if you can find it with a search. I wrote it after my trip in January 2006.

        1. re: erica

          Tanmburini is not worth walking a block out of your way for nevermind a special detour to Bologna. It's basically cheap steamtable food that's what you might expect on a budget tourbus stop. My lunch there was easily the worst meal I had in 6 weeks in Italy. the lack of cleanliness of the place.We were also very unimpressed with the lack of cleanliness of the place.

          1. re: jaweino

            Our experience exactly.

            The OP doesn't say where he/she is traveling from. If he/she will already be in Emilia-Romagna, I definitely wouldn't make the trip to Bologna for the food alone. During our June trip through several cities/towns in Emilia-Romagna, we found the food to be uniformly delicious. In fact, I'm inclined to give top billing to Parma over Bologna.

            If visitors want to see Bologna's miles of covered arcades, the university, especially, the medical lecture halls, the astronomical clock in the Basilica di San Petrono and more, they can do so with the confidence that they'll eat well in the city. But a trip to the city just for lunch? No way.

            1. re: Indy 67

              Thank you for the tips! I've been dying to go to Italy for yrs and I'm finally going. I'm just starting my search, so I appreciate any and all of the advice. I come from a family of history professors, but food ranks high on my list of priorities as well. I ate my way through France and plan to do the same thing through Italy! Thanks again.

      2. Merlo at Via de' Gombruti, 2 is quite good.

        1. Here's a link to my post on Bologna earlier this year. If Papagallo is open for lunch it's definitely worth going out of your way for. Otherwise I'd recommend Diana, which I know is open for lunch.

          http://www.chowhound.com/topics/40735...

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          1. re: jaweino

            Pappagallo is open for lunch from 12:30 to 2:30 except Sunday. Don't miss it

          2. Agree with all who say *not* Tamburini - would hate that to be the food amabassador for this foodie city.

            Suggest Da Gianni, Da Nello, Caminetto D'Oro, Teresina.

            Pellegrino Artusi wrote "When you hear someone talk about the cooking of Bologna, get down on your knees in reverence, this cuisine deserves it."