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Ristorante La Torinese 1888 - Al Voltone

#103 of 1,398 Restaurants in Bologna
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Piazza Re Enzo 1/C | Voltone del Podesta, 40125 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236743
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Wed - Mon 12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Istanbul, Turkey
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One of the perfect tiramisus I've tr'ed in my life was here. I cannot say much about the meals but you should try tiramisu here.

Thank Obakav
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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94 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It's always a must have when I visit Italy and this time I tried a honey and rosemary. It was very, very good. Would recommend.

Thank Dianne S
Coronado, California
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277 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2017

We have eaten at the restaurant on previous visits to Bologna but this time around we just stopped for a cone/cup of gelato to eat while sitting on the steps facing the cathedral in Piazza Maggiore and do some people watching and listening to the street musicians who frequent the Piazza on a regular basis every day. The gelato, as... More 

Thank PeterandJinx
Solihull, United Kingdom
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273 reviews
145 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017 via mobile

We had to have a Spag Bol and the red bus tour said this place was authentic and a nice place, so after a few minutes looking we found it under an archway and we were pleasantly surprised. The service and staff were excellent, as was the food. We were delighted.

Thank Reeferman64
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23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff and food was okay, but there are better places to eat in this fantastic friendly City....... Coffee was the worst I had in the whole of our stay.

Thank Philip S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed January 10, 2017

I was lucky to have lunch at this restaurant on Epiphany as it was very busy due to the holiday! I was glad I did too. The service was great with very friendly and accommodating waiters. There is a great choice of foods from platters of meats to pasta. As mortadella hails from Bologna it was nice to get a... More 

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2 reviews
Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

It is a good place to eat and the plates are very good. A lot of choice with specialitate from Bologne. The waiter is sympatic.

Thank Quentin N
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

We visited here twice. The first on a Friday evening when we stayed for just a few glasses of wine. Lovely service with English speaking waiter. Nice touch was the chunks of mortadella with your drinks. The following evening we visited for dinner. I had the pumpkin pie (which is more of a set mousse) in Parmesan cream with pancetta.... More 

Thank smacel
London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed December 5, 2016

The location of this little restaurant is conveniently based near the bell tower. Despite how busy they were staff were very much on top of things. I had the beautiful pumpkin soup and pomegranate for starters, highly recommended. They do some pretty notorious ice-cream so it's a must try when visiting. All in all a lovely meal...

Thank eoinzy10
Reading, Massachusetts
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179 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
Reviewed November 9, 2016

This little place mostly has outside seating but has food and good coffee. It also has Ice cream and breakfast. Worth a stop to rest your feet to watch the Italians walk by.

Thank Liz R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$17 - $34
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza Re Enzo 1/C | Voltone del Podesta, 40125 Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Santo Stefano
  • Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
  • Phone Number: +39 051 236743
"Al Voltone" better known as "La Torinese" is a traditional Bolognese cuisine, and the attention and care in choosing the product led the restaurant to a collaboration with several leading professional associations in the food industry that were developing a project aimed at enhancing the production and culinary traditions of the Bologna area. Most of the dishes served in the restaurant are made using raw materials produced and processed in the province of Bologna. The wines offered represent the best local produce. This philosophy tends to characterize "Al voltone" as the first restaurant in the city of Bologna that serves food with materials only from "Emilia Romagna" province. Between the specialties: Tagliatelle: According to legend, noodles were invented in 1487 by the Bolognese master Zefirano, Giovanni II Bentivoglio's personal chef. Because of the marriage of Lucrezia Borgia (she went on a journey from Bologna to Ferrara, to marry the Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso I 'Este) Zefirano prepare the pasta which was inspired by her blond hair. Tortellini: there are different legends on the origin of this dish. One of these gives rise to this dish in Castelfranco Emilia by the owner of the "Dogana" inn. He was struck by the beauty of the navel of one of his guests in the inn, a very beautiful lady, when he was looking through the inn room keyhole. Later he decides to create this beauty of the navel in a dish. Specialty: Tagliatelle: egg noodles typical of Bologna. The name derives from the verb to cut. The typical dressing to combine with this type of Bolognese pasta is the sauce, but it can be used with different toppings such as prosciutto, tomato sauce, mushrooms, truffles, seafood, peas and more. Tortellini: is stuffed pasta, native of Bologna. according to the Bolognese tradition, must be cooked and eaten with a good capon or chicken broth. Another possible recipe, though non-traditional, is to cook the Tortellini in water and top it with whipped cream. According to the purist, this impoverishment causes the Tortellini to loses the actual flaver of its filling. Also It is not difficult to find other preparations and variations such as Tortellini with ragout meat sauce.

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