While I was visiting Bologna, Italy, last fall, I enjoyed some of the best food of my life; from the fresh pastas to the cured meats, it was all magnificent. I’d even go as far as to say Bologna has the best food in Italy and possibly Europe. So I wanted to write a culinary guide on what to eat in Bologna featuring the best local dishes, as well my recommendations for trattorias, restaurants, and bars.
A little background – Bologna is the capital of Emilia-Romagna, a region known as the “breadbasket” of Italy. Emilia-Romagna is where Prosciutto di Parma, mortadella, and Parmigiano-Reggiano all originated, so it’s not surprising Bologna has food so good it will make you sob.
What to eat in Bologna
Tagliatelle al Ragù alla Bolognese – Tagliatelle noodles smothered in a rich, meaty Bolognese sauce. Bologna’s most famous pasta dish.
Fun fact – Spaghetti Bolognese is not a thing