Day two into my foodie extravaganza and I’m already feeling constantly full. Everywhere you go, there is always food on offer, drinks are often served with a small selection of snacks so you never go hungry. I often abuse the free Wi-Fi and sip on delicious Prosecco at the Paneburro café on Alessandro Tiarini, a great place on the outskirts of town for drinking and relaxing.
The afternoon started on a rather big lunch from Il Grottino, located south of the city centre. We ordered the Antipasti (above) which was delicious, but I wouldn’t recommend ordering one each! As you can see, sizes are very generous here. The pizzas are the main attraction, the dough is handmade and rolled to order then topped off with the ingredients of your choice, the porcini mushrooms are amazing. Cooked in a Wood fire, which blows a delicious smell round the restaurant this place is hard to beat for amazing pizzas.
For good quality hams, meats and cheeses the place to go is Vecchia Malga located in the city centre. By the time nightfall came after a day of exploring the city’s historical sites, it was already time for Aperitivo. We headed down to Season bar on via Emilia Ponente, which is a great place for wine, Campari sodas and has a good selection of snacks, served from 6pm onwards, drinks are charged at five euros which during this time you're free to gorge out till dinner. Restaurants do not open back up for dinner till after 7:30pm.
After looking up reviews for restaurants online, we decided to try Al Sangiovese, north of the city centre, and we were blown away. The tortellini stuffed with ricotta in a sage and butter sauce was heavenly, while the tagliatelle ragu was rich and thick, like nothing i have had here in the UK, it carried so much flavour. The 2009 house sangiovese cost a mere 13 euros a bottle was delicious, absolute steal. If you make a trip to Bologna then you need to come here, it’s the perfect ending to an evening.