Two Stops in Bologna

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Technically this wine bar is on Via Marsala. But the other crossroad is Via Malcontenti, which tells me this is the place where I want to be. Typically we arrive in Bologna around mid morning and park in the structure at Piazza 8 Agosto. From there we walk down Via dell’Indipendenza toward the Neptune fountain. For Bologna’s riches, one needs to be fortified. Thus our stop for a quick coffee and wine at Enoteca Italiana.

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This is a fun place because you’re likely to see locals leaning over tables and reading newspapers or just stopping in for a chat and a caffeine blast. When we were last here I asked for white wine. The bartender asked, Sparkling or still?  Still, I said. He asked, Fragrant or dry? Let’s make it dry. The wine and a little mortadella sandwich (what bread!) was just what I wanted and needed. In and out in ten minutes. We leave molto contenti.

Via Marsala, 2, 40126 Bologna. 051 235989

 

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You’re eating on the streets of Bologna. Does it get any better than that?

Twice now, upon landing in Bologna, we’ve driven from the airport to the city and, on a sunny day, taken a seat at Bar Il Calice. This last time we had a nice bottle of local Sangiovese, a tagliere of meats and cheeses, and tagliatelle with ragu. Just excellent.

And all the while we eat, the Bolognese are on parade, a spasso, chatting, smoking, styling. What a delightful ambiance. And si mangia bene.

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Via Clavature, 13, 40124 Bologna. 051 236523

 

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