AW23: Join us in Bologna - part 2/2
This is the second part behind the scenes of our campaign trip to Bologna, Italy where we documented our fall and winter collection. Read the first part here and get five great tips on what to see if you make your way past la dotta, la rossa e la grassa.
Lose yourself in Bologna's historic architecture, exciting side streets and green parks. Stay local and give yourself time to experience the medieval labyrinth. When it's time for a break, it's obvious to dive into Bologna's culinary world.
Bologna is synonymous with good gastronomy
Bologna is known for many things, but perhaps best for its food culture, which especially offers the well-known, classic Italian dishes. The entire Emilia-Romagna region, where Bologna is located, is home to some of the culinary specialties for which Italy is particularly renowned throughout the world: parmagiano reggiano, prosciutto de parma, ragú and tortellini pasta, just to name a handful.
Continue reading for five different culinary recommendations.5 places to eat (and drink) in Bologna
1. Ristorante Donatello
Experience the timeless appeal of Bologna's culinary heritage at Restaurant Donatello. Since 1903, the Fanciullacci family has brought a passion for gastronomy to this historic establishment. Located on Via Augusto Righi, 8, the restaurant invites you into an elegant atmosphere, decorated with antique furniture and captivating murals.
Look forward to a menu composed of Bolognese finesse, with local specialties such as mortadella, tortelloni, and tagliatelle. The centuries-old tradition continues under the dedicated leadership of the Fanciullacci descendants. From the charming welcome to the extensive wine list, Donatello caters to discerning palates and counts artists and celebrities among its guests.
2. Ristorante La Capriata - Mama's Kitchen
Experience the authentic charm at La Capriata, where pasta is not just a dish, but a live performance by Mama herself. In the heart of Bologna, in the historic Corte Isolani, located between Strada Maggiore and Piazza Santo Stefano, the scent of freshly rolled dough wafts through the window of the passage, setting the stage for a traditional Bolognese meal.
The menu is a mix of timeless classics, all served with a little surprise that gives a fresh spin to the traditional dishes. Immerse yourself in the essence of tradition with little surprises with every flavourful bite at La Capriata.3. Camera Con Vista
Step into a bygone era at Camera con Vista, a unique venue in Bologna's enchanting Piazza Santo Stefano. Conceived by antique dealer Matteo and decorator Rebecca, this bistro and cocktail bar is located in the historic Palazzo Isolani. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of the 18th century, where original frescoes and antique materials bring the past to life.
In the first room, reminiscent of a 19th-century apothecary, reclaimed Carrara marble and antique wood form a bar adorned with classic busts and a magnificent chandelier. Bartender Davide De Rose's expertise provides a captivating selection of classic Prohibition-era, modern, and tropical cocktails. Elevate your experience at Camera con Vista, where history and mixology meet in the heart of Bologna.4. Tamburini
Tamburini is both a delicatessen, cafeteria, and wine bar - and over time it has become a culinary landmark, praised by guides, magazines, and gastronomy enthusiasts worldwide. Even the locals praise the place, which must be the ultimate testament to gastronomic excellence.
Located in the heart of Bologna at Via Caprarie 1, the place epitomises the city's famous cuisine, characterised by sausages, mortadella, tortellini, and robust, intense flavours. Embrace the tradition of 'salsamentari', where Tamburini's heritage continues to flourish and provides an insight into the essence of Bologna's gastronomic heritage. The perfect place to enjoy an antipasti.
5. Ristorante Da Cesari
Step into a legacy of flavour at Ristorante Da Cesari, where history blends seamlessly with Bolognese culinary tradition. The place started as an Osteria and a wine shop in the early 1900s and has been in the loving care of the Cesari family since 1955.
Located in the heart of Bologna's historic centre, a stone's throw from Piazza Maggiore, Da Cesari has been a culinary cornerstone for half a century. It is the epitome of a Bolognese restaurant, offering a true taste of the regional cuisine that has captivated locals and visitors alike.
Read the first part of our recommendations for Bologna here.