Bologna restaurants

Top Choice Osteria in Bologna

All'Osteria Bottega

At this Bologna institution truly worthy of the name, owners Daniele and Valeria lavish attention on every table between trips to the kitchen for plates of culatello di Zibello ham, tortellini in capon broth, Petron…
Top Choice Trattoria in Bologna

Tratorria di Via Serra

Book at least three weeks in advance at this seemingly unassuming trattoria in Bolognina, just a step outside the city centre. Flavio and Tommaso came down from their established destination restaurant in the mounta…
Top Choice Vegetarian in Bologna


Bologna's best time: Parking yourself down with an Aperol spritz in hand among the cool kids and digital nomads at these formerly abandoned city greenhouses that have been transformed into an immensely cool and high…
Top Choice Trattoria in Bologna

Drogheria della Rosa

With its wooden shelves and apothecary jars, it's not difficult to picture this place as the pharmacy it once was. Nowadays it's a charming, high-end trattoria, run by a congenial owner who gets round to every table…
Osteria in Bologna

Osteria al 15

Just far enough off the culinary beaten track to feel like a find, this rustic osteria caters more to locals than tourists – for now! Start with the wonderful tigelle with salumi misti paired with a creamy squacquer…
Market in Bologna

Mercato Ritrovato

This lively, eco-focused Saturday market is a wonderful spot to escape fellow tourists and wander booths of craft beer, wine, artisanal cheeses, sweets and ready-made meals. Locals plant themselves on picnic tables …
Gelato in Bologna

Cremeria Funivia

Ask Bologna residents to name the best gelateria in town, and this place often comes out on top. Its newest branch sits directly opposite pretty Piazza Cavour. Fill a cone (or a focaccia sandwich!) with house-specia…
Gelato in Bologna

Cremeria Santo Stefano

Offering a welcoming rustic chic ambiance, this locally recommended, family-run gelateria shakes things up among the usual Italian artisanal suspects and brings imported ingredients to the mix, like Turkish pistachi…
Gelato in Bologna

La Sorbetteria Castiglione

A beloved Bologna institution since 1994, this temple to gelati is a bit peripheral to the centre but well worth the walk for decadently creamy flavours like pistachio or gianduia (chocolate mixed with hazelnuts).
Food Hall in Bologna

Mercato di Mezzo

Trade the packed-like-sardines Quadrilatero chaos for comparative calm in this newly opened gourmet food hall, which was the town's original market after reunification, though it sat abandoned for many years in rece…