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Trattoria Gianni

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:: Bologna
Traditional yet classy, special yet affordable, frequented by foreigners and locals alike, and run by the charming Giorgio, Michele and Barbara. Delicious, delicious, and delicious. I don’t know what else to say. Just go. You will understand. For dinner reservations, be sure to call before 3 p.m. Closed Sunday evening and all day Monday.

Trattoria Gianni
Via Clavature, 18, Bologna
Tel. 051-229-434

Trattoria Da Danio

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:: Bologna
A casual, economical, friendly neighborhood joint where you can eat very well, very reasonably.  Highly recommended. Open Daily.

Trattoria Da Danio
Via San Felice, 50a, Bologna
Tel. 051-555-202

Incrocio Montegrappa

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:: Bologna
A midscale neighborhood restaurant with an extensive menu; however, once we tried the pizzas we were hooked! The “Gustosa” pizza, a house specialty, is comprised of mozzarella, gorgonzola, nuts, and speck, and it is divine (specktacular, if you will). The house wine is a simple Prosecco (well-suited, we thought, to the pizza – though we have learned that Italians never drink wine with pizza, only beer!); there are other wine options by the bottle. If you go the pizza route, you can expect a very reasonable bill for a fantastic meal. If you opt for a multicourse meal, do expect to pay a bit more. Closed Tuesdays.

Incrocio Montegrappa
Via Montegrappa, 7/d, Bologna
Tel. 051-224-871

Il Caffé Bazar

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:: Bologna
This actually isn’t a café at all but an excellent wine and gourmet goodies shop. We found the selection of Italian wines to be outstanding.

Il Caffé Bazar
Via Guerrazzi, 8, Bologna
Tel. 051-228-454

Franco Rossi

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:: Bologna
A bit more upscale than the other Bologna restaurants listed here, but by no means extravagant. A little plate of handmade breads and crackers awaits each guest. A member of the very gracious staff comes immediately to pour your complimentary aperitivo. We enjoyed scrumptious food and an excellent wine recommendation to accompany our meal (Giovanni Puiatti Pinot Grigio 2006). The antipasto plate of culatello and fresh fig was plate-lickingly good (though I did manage to resist committing this brutta figura act!). Their tagliatelle al ragù was my favorite among the three different versions I tried in Bologna. (If you are a John Grisham fan, you might be interested to know that Franco Rossi is mentioned favorably in The Broker.)

Franco Rossi
Via Goito, 3, Bologna
Tel. 051-238-818

Caffé Zamboni

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:: Bologna
Caffé Zamboni offers a very satisfying self-service “brunch” buffet (a.k.a. tavola fredda) at lunch time. I had their excellent, really creamy gelato no less than three times in one week.

Caffé Zamboni
Via Zamboni, 6, Bologna
Tel. 051-587-7916

Bar Calice

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:: Bologna
Far more than the traditional Italian bar. Many reasonably-priced wines by the glass, a nice selection of salads, friendly staff. The bar itself is tiny; go on a nice day and relax at one of the many outdoor tables on Via Clavature.

Bar Calice
Via Clavature 13a, Bologna