WHERE TO EAT
Fico The vast Fico Eataly World is the largest agri-food park in the world. Visit to find all the wonders of Italian biodiversity in one place. It’s a mecca for food lovers, and entry is free. 8 Via Paolo Canali, eatalyworld.it
Oltre A prime example of a modern trattoria. Chef Daniele Bendanti gives traditional favourites a refined twist, while contemporary plates of note include the biscotto gelato Emiliano (semolina cookies sandwiched together with ricotta-based ice cream) and a delectable panna cotta with pain perdu.
From £30. 1B Via Augusto Majani, 00 39 051 006 6049, oltrebologna.it
Osteria Bartolini The sister restaurant of Michelin-starred La Buca on the coast at Cesenatico does simple, high-quality seafood. Dine alfresco on the terrace under the massive sycamore tree with plates of sardines and piadini (flatbread), tagliatelle with octopus, and an exquisite hazelnut cream. From £30. 16 Piazza Malpighi, 00 39 051 262 192, osteriabartolinibologna.com
Pigro This hidden street-food joint off Piazza Maggiore is packed with rock memorabilia and serves the ultimate panino con la mortazza (slang for a mortadella sandwich). The superb mortadella comes from artisan producer Pasquini & Brusiani and is served with a glass of bubbly Franciacorta.
From £5. 1B Via De Pignattari, 00 39 366 508 9699
Ragù Come for traditional Italian fare with a contemporary twist, with everything expertly prepared and beautifully presented. Takeaway and delivery is also available. From £15. 9b Via Goito, 00 39 051 268 585
Trattoria Anna Maria A Bologna institution and quite simply some of the best tortellini en brodo (broth) you’ll taste. From £35. 17A Via delle
Belle Arti, 00 39 051 266 894, trattoriannamaria.com
Trattoria Bertozzi A little off the beaten track, opt for a table outside this cosy, family-run restaurant on a tree-lined residential street. Don’t miss the gramigna (a corkscrew macaroni) with saffron, courgette and aged parmesan cream. From £25. 84/2D Via Andrea Costa, 00 39 051 614 1425
Vetro Head to this achingly hip organic vegetarian restaurant for generous servings of vibrant salads with herbs picked from the community garden. From £20. 134 Via Castiglione, 00 39 370 333 6439, vetro.kilowatt.bo.it.