It’s called Ristretto Vicolo Coccapani and let me explain why I’ve been there 10 times in the last month and I can’t get enough.
What is Ristretto Vicolo Coccapani
Ristretto. Like the short coffee you take at the counter while arguing about football.
Vicolo Coccapani. It’s the name of the street where it’s set, with one of the best views you can get of Ghirlandina tower.
Then were the rumors I heard from different people, one of which is Massimo Bottura.
He said that “after service ends at Osteria Francescana around midnight, we all go there together and he [Gianluca, one of the owners] usually wants us to taste something, so we let him surprise us”.
But if Osteria Francescana is that bottle of Bordeaux, stored for years in the cellar, that when you finally open it, it has to be great; then Ristretto is the flask you always put on the table and that you fill with the red wine bought from a local farmer, too good to be true.
Usually big expectations bring big disappointments. That’s not the case.
What you eat
During this time you can have:
- lunch. For a seasonal daily menu with classics like passatelli, garganelli, or pastrami burger. You won’t spend more than 16€ with a glass of wine and coffee.
- aperitivo. You can get just a cocktail, or beg Marcello to prepare an insanely good tagliere with cured meat from Antica Ardenga (second only to the one prepared by Rita at our new Parma food tour), cheese and gnocco fritto.
- dinner. The prices rise a bit, like the fantasy of the chef. It won’t be easy to choose between ravioli with goat cheese, artichokes and rosemary or potato gnocchi with kale. Low lights, relaxed atmosphere, great food.
Why go there
I can say for the kindness of Marcello and Emanuele, but you can’t hear their big laugh from your headphones.
I can say because of the perfect quality/price ratio, but you can’t imagine how great Ristretto is until you’re there.
Why not go
You can find them sometimes on the menu, but there’s always a pinch of creativity in their dishes.
Thinking of that, they opened Cucina di Quartiere, a bigger restaurant just outside the city centre focused on regional food.
Of course I’ve tried it, of course it has to be on your list.
Vicolo Camillo Coccapani, 5, 41121 Modena MO
Tel. +39 059 839 6497
Closed on Sunday
It happened again. This time in Modena. This time on Netflix. This time with Phil Rosenthal.
Take a look behind the scenes?
In Bologna you can fall in love with many things: red porticoes, tasty tortellini, magical medieval atmosphere.
Sometimes you just fall in love: if it happens, take a deep breath and make sure you chose the right restaurant for the most romantic dinner under the towers.
I’m always suspicious with popular restaurants on Tripadvisor.
That’s probably the reason why it took me so long to visit Trattoria di Via Serra, #1 restaurant in Bologna on Tripadvisor. But I have another powerful tool in Bologna: very trusted foodies friends who kept repeating me how great it was.