Bologna is also known as “La Grassa” which roughly translates to “The Fat One”. It is known for its amazing food and in particular for its pasta.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking that what you eat here has anything to do with the Spaghetti Bolognese you get at home. In Bologna, you eat Tagliatelle al Ragù and while it is similar, the original food is much better than what is served in Italian restaurants all over the world.
We had lunch in a beautiful Trattoria, the Trattoria del Rosso, that was recommended by my guidebook. For only 10€, we got a starter (pasta) and a main. Water was served with the food.
The menu was only available in Italian so we had no idea what we ordered. All we knew was that one of the dishes would be vegetarian. They both turned out to be delicious.
The main course was a salad with some kind of delicious meat for me (once again, we had no idea of what we got) and zucchini and eggplant stacked up like lasagna for my friend.
Many small trattorias offered similar food so I recommend finding one that you like and going for the lunch menu.
For desert, we ordered Zuppa Inglese and shared. Both of us had never eaten it before and my guidebook only gave a brief overview of what to expect.
When we got home, I googled it and realised that Zuppa Inglese can come in all kind of shapes. Ours looked like a cake and tasted too much like alcohol to really be delicious. I think, next time I’ll just go for the tiramisu.
When in Italy, don’t forget to buy a huge gelato. My favourite flavour is pistachio, as it seems to be typical for Italy and I can’t get it at home.