Most of the places are closed for the summer holidays, but I won’t leave you without good food.
Here’s a list of quality restaurants open in August.
If Bologna’s food has a sacred temple, this is Tamburini. An old salsamenteria, meat shop, that serves generations of Bolognesi in the heart of Quadrilatero food market.
Via Caprarie, 1, 40124 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 234726
Food + music is my magic potion. In this restaurant and jazz club you find both really well made. And if you fancy a drink with a snack after dinner, go to Palazzo Re Enzo for Round Midnight.
Via Mascarella, 4/b, 40126 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 265416
Looking for tortellini in brodo even in August?
You can prepare it with your own hands on our Cooking Class in Bologna, or you can have it on a terrace with a view on the 2 towers here.
Piazza di Porta Ravegnana, 2, 40126 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 296 4231
Ok, you know Eataly.
It’s not the small family tavern with a nonna in the kitchen. But you can’t blame them for quality.
Eataly Bologna is half a library and a food store with a restaurant in a beautiful location.
Even FICO, the food park outside Bologna, can be a good option to escape the warmth of the city.
Via degli Orefici, 19, 40126 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 095 2820
This vegetarian restaurant waits for you behind the glass of the old green houses of Giardini Margherita.
Go there to find refreshment after a hot August day, and to get one of the best aperitivo in Bologna.
Via Castiglione, 134, 40136 Bologna
Tel. +39 370 333 6439
Born a few years ago in Bologna’s suburbs, now the gourmet pizza of Berberè spreads around Italy and even in London.
It’s still one the best pizza in Bologna, so why don’t have a slice in its cradle?
Via Giuseppe Petroni, 9, 40126 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 275 9196
Pizza, but not only, also at Adéguati (literally “adapt yourself”).
A restaurant up on the hills, you can go there by bus, by the histrionic Cesare Marretti.
Via di Roncrio, 30, 40136 Bologna
Tel. +39 348 840 2559
If I ask my friends who make the best tagliatelle in Bologna I always get the same answer: my grandmother.
It might be true but maybe the emotions sometimes give a better taste. These are my favourite tagliatelle that you can find in Bologna’s restaurants.
Rick Stein spent some time in Bologna to film his Long Weekend show.
Take a look at what happened with us behind the scenes.
From North to South, you find a food market in every dusty corner of Italy. Indoor, open air, liberty, temporary, gourmet, gentrified, dirty, harsh, noisy. Surely never boring.
This is my selection of the 5 best food markets I’ve met during my food trips.