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Less is more ... rather than overwhelming you with volumes of travel tips, here is a specific list of exclusive recommendations with Mr & Mrs Crystal's stamp of approval.

restaurants

Da Cesari

Just south of Piazza Maggiore Da Cesari is a must for food lovers. Outstanding regional Bolgnese dishes have been prepared at this ristorante for more than a century and the Da Cesari family will make you feel at home in their rustic dining room. Fresh ingredients season classic dishes, including aged balsamic vinegar, delectable black truffles and the finest quality parmiagano reggiano. Be warned - if you order the homemade pumpkin-stuffed ravioli with butter and parmesan with a glass of wine from the Umberta Cesari vineyard, you may be entering foodie heaven.

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 View Map ... Via dei Carbonesi, 8, Bologna, Italy
Osteria dei Poeti

Osteria dei Poeti is a culinary gem tucked behind an unassuming shopfront. In a city bursting with restaurants serving quality Italian food, Poeti serves some of the best local dishes of the region. This is ragù alla bolognese at its best, served just the way “nonna” used to make it. The atmosphere is casual, traditional and truly charming. Trust us, this is a restaurant you should not miss!

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 View Map ... via Dè Poeti 1, Bologna, Italy
Ristorante Diana

This classic, traditional restaurant located near Piazza Maggiore was once considered the high palace of Bolognese cuisine. It still does justice to the exquisite local fare with carefully prepared regional dishes, many featuring fresh truffles which are shaved at your table. The atmosphere is rustic and the front room in particular is buzzing as well, which is perfect to enjoy a hearty dish of tightly packed meatballs resting on deliciously fresh home made pasta.

 View Map ... Via dell'Indipendenza, 24, Bologna, Italy
Ristorante Rodrigo

A meal at Rodrigo, a classic ristorante which has been producing perfect recipes for over fifty years, is sure to be memorable. It is traditionally elegant and intimate with bottles of wine and rare spirits lining the walls. Enjoy the delicious international and local dishes whilst sitting under the chandeliers, and further enrich the experience with a superb bottle of wine from the extensive wine list.

 View Map ... Via della Zecca, 2, Bologna, Italy

what we think

The capital of the Emilia-Romagna region is home to bolognaise, affectionately known to the locals as “ragu”. Gastronomic indulgence is a passion that these Italians take great pleasure in. This delightful city is not flooded with hordes of tourists, which makes shopping in some of Italy’s most handsome streets and eating in some of the country’s most authentic restaurants so much more enjoyable. The city is full of texture, with its exposed brickwork, peeling paint and faded murals on the walls. With Europe’s oldest university at its core, a vibrant young crowd punctuates the city’s piazzas and the longest arcade in the world.