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Feb 10, 2011 01:36 AM

Bologna on a Sunday and Monday

Any suggetions for a Sunday night meal in Bologna? Will Monday be easy to find open restaurants there? I thought I remember reading from someone that Monday was a difficult eating day.

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  1. The list of Bologna restaurants currently appearing on the Restaurant board might help you find some possibilities. here are a few that are open on Sunday or Monday - Gigina, Diana, Meloncello, Trattoria del Rosso, and Serghei.
    In a lot of downtown areas in Italy, Sunday is a closing day since the restaurants cater to a business crowd. On the other hand, other places cater to the leisurely Sunday lunch crowd.

    Im sure you will get some further recommendations.

    Via Saragozza, 240, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna , IT

    Via Henri Beyle Stendhal, 1, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40128, IT

    Trattoria del Rosso
    Via Righi 30, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT

    Via Piella, 12, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT

    Via dell'Indipendenza, 24, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40121, IT

    3 Replies
    1. re: jen kalb

      I would stay away from Meloncello and Diana, both very diasappointing. Da Gianni is open on Mondays and is wonderful. Sunday is more difficult. That is the day we went to Meloncello, because most other places were closed, but there must be some better choice. Hopefully, more knowledgeable posters will come up with good ideas for Sunday.

      1. re: rrems

        I believe Da Gianni is open on Sunday and I recommend it.

        1. re: ttoommyy

          Gianni seems to be open for Sunday lunch but not for dinner

          Gianni a la Vecia Bulagna (aka Trattoria da Gianni)
          Via Clavature 18, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40100, IT

    2. Don' thnk you will have a problem finding a decent restaurant in Il Grasso on Sunday. You muts browse the food market on Monday too.

      1. I also recommend Da Gianni for a meal, especially its grilled mortadella, and I also recommend Serghei. The gramigna alla salsiccia is particularly good there, and I suggest you stick with very simple secondi (roast shank, roast turkey) and stuffed vegetables.

        If you want something a bit more white-tablecloth, I have a different opinion of Diana, which is that if you stay away from the bolliti and order a seasonal secondo from the ever-changing market-based menu, and have passatelli as a primi , you can have a delicious meal at a fair price, and an old-fashioned Bolognese ristorante experience as well. (I like the windowed space). .I also like its house wine, a Sangiovese.

        Caminetto d'Oro often gets high marks, but I've only eaten in its informal bistro space (adjacent to the main restaurant). The food I ate at the trendy Trattoria Twinside was of extremely high quality, and the beer and wine list was the best I encountered at Bologna, but prices veer towards high, the cooking is not "classic".

        Caminetto d'Oro
        Via de' Falegnami, 4, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40121, IT

        Via Piella, 12, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT

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        1. re: barberinibee

          "If you want something a bit more white-tablecloth, I have a different opinion of Diana, which is that if you stay away from the bolliti..."

          Just curious, what is wrong with the bolliti at Diana?

          1. re: ttoommyy


            I thought the bolliti -- and especially the salsa verde -- was exceptionally lackluster. The rolling carts of meat at Diana also serve roasted meats, and that had more oomph than the bolliti. The meat is overall high quality and fresh at Diana, but without a really zippy salsa verde (Diana doesn't automatically serve mostarde, but one might want to ask for it), I'd prefer to go for a seasonal, market based creation from the kitchen.

            1. re: barberinibee

              Fair enough, barberinibee. We were only to Diana once and I honestly can't remember if we had the bolliti, but I do remember enjoying the meal. I was interested in hearing why you said to avoid it and I appreciate your reasoning. Thanks.

        2. ncara,

          It occurred to me to add later that Teresina, on the via Oberdan, is one restaurant in Bologna I've never heard anybody say they didn't like. It has a lot of fish on the menu, and therefore doesn't qualify as the classic Bolognese eatery, but the food is reliably good and the service friendly and pro.

          Via Guglielmo Oberdan, 4, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40126, IT