Drogheria della Rosa in Bologna
Our last meal in Italy was at Drogheria della Rosa in Bologna, and it was arguably our best meal in the country. It is a sweet, romantic restaurant south of the major piazza. Right after we were seated, we were treated to complimentary prosecco and a salumi plate with salami, proscuitto and mortadella -- all excellent. For primi, I had tortelli filled with eggplant puree in a sauce of olive oil and cherry tomatoes, and my husband had tortelli filled with zucchini blossoms and cheese. Both were heavenly homemade pastas in wonderfully complementary sauces.
For secondi, I had guinea fowl which was roasted in a tender, sweet sauce and he got the filet mignon with sea salt and balsamic vinegar. My guinea fowl was transcendent in a way I didn't think possible for the meat and I cleaned my plate, and he said the same. For dessert, we had a bowl of liquid mascarpone with shaved dark chocolate. Again, heavenly.
The owner waited on us and recommended a lovely Valpolicella wine. We spoke to him for a while and he brought out grappa, more water and another bottle of wine on the house. There seemed to be a lot of regulars there whom he was all friends with, and he was very engaged with the customers.
The icing on the cake was the bill -- 80 EURO for everything. We nearly had to rub our eyes to make sure that was right. It was a stupendous last meal, and reminded us again that we need to return to Italy.
And...if you need any more incentive to go, it's right around the corner from La Sorbetteria Castiglione. Between those two places, our calorie needs should be satisfied for the next 2 weeks!