The classic Bolognese osteria, often tucked away under a portico, with a simple yet charming décor, excellent local cuisine and affordable prices.
They recall that spirit of conviviality that is so typical of Bologna, and the idea of an evening spent conversing amiably with friends while eating and drinking good, simple local food and wine.
There are so many osterie in Bologna it would be to choose all the best ones and it often depends on personal tastes , but here are six that are particularly popular among the locals, therefore a good place to start! All the Osteria's mentioned are located in the city center.
Osteria del Sole
It would not be easy to spot if it wasn’t for the crowds normally spilling out of this lively osteria in the heart of the medieval Quadrilatero area. Osteria del Sole dates back to 1465. A sign on the entrance door only says “vino”, and wine (and some beer) is all they serve here as there is no kitchen; customers are more than welcome to bring their own food – which they do – and feast at one of the wooden tables. Open all day, it closes at around 10 pm.
With a quaint and friendly atmosphere, it is one of the few places in the city center that makes good crescentine, a Bolognese specialty (fried dough to be eaten with cold cuts and soft cheese like stracchino or squacquerone). Lots of choices on the menu (among the pastas, I suggest you try the artichoke tortelli), reasonable prices, generous portions. Highly recommended, it is best to book a table, especially at the weekends.
Via Mirasole 13.
Osteria de’ Poeti
Easy to miss if you are walking by, this underground locale has a beautiful setting, with wine barrels, brick ceiling, and an original fireplace and pit dating back to the 1600s. Bolognese cuisine at it's best. They’ve had some pretty famous celebrities stopping by, including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. More expensive than other osterie, but worth the experience.
Via dei Poeti 1/b.
Osteria de’ Poeti
Right in the heart of the university district, this unpretentious osteria, open every day from noon to midnight, is a favorite hangout of university students, who come for the good food, mostly classic regional fare, and very reasonable prices.
Via Mentana 1.
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One of Bologna’s most famous osterie, it serves typical Bolognese fare. Start with appetizers to share: there is plenty, and make sure you leave room for dessert, when they bring out trays upon trays of delicious sweets, like salame al cioccolato and mascarpone. Unlike most osterie, this is a bit overpriced.
Via Broccaindosso 7.
Osteria Buca delle Campane
Again classic Bolognese cuisine and live music are here to enjoy. Located inside a building dating back to the 13th century. Four rooms recreating the style of the ancient palace, each with different characteristics depending on the occasion, classic Emilia-Romagna food and a warm and friendly atmosphere make this a perfect place for an enjoyable night out with friends.
Via Benedetto XIV.