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#143 of 1,042 Italian in Bologna
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Italian, Emilian, Northern-Italian
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very nice simple restaurant , great staff/family, ragu: what a fragrant (vegetables) subtile tast. The best we tasted in Bologna. Zuppa inglese, scalopinni bolognese, meat loaf, all wonderfull.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed September 29, 2020

Thank you Andrea at Taste of Bologna for this recommendation, we wanted a good restaurant were we could eat straightforward food and having done the food tour that day not eat two much, well that didn't work as we went for the works, the full...three courses. This is a very nice restaurant not a massive menu which we like as its shows that there is attention paid to the food, our starters were delicious , tortellini , ragu all good, we had roast rabbit for our main courses a favourite and well cooked. Decent wine list and amazing prices, but then I'm used to London. If you want a straight forward restaurant that does good food with really nice staff then this is the place.More

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed January 8, 2020

We had dinner here last night, 7.30 reservation. We were early diners but it filled up by 8pm. This is a local type of trattoria, filled with regular local diners, most seemed known to the staff. We were made very welcome by the excellent wait...staff, who had perfect english. The food was terrific, with a good selection of dishes and a good wine list. We ate very well and enjoyed it very much.More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed November 16, 2019

We had a lovely meal here. We had trattoria bolognese, veal cutlet, zucchini polpetine and delicious onion and tomatoes. Had two bottles of wine and the cost was 74 EURO. A real bargain for a nice meal with great serivce.

Date of visit: September 2019
Reviewed November 4, 2018

We were referred here by our airbnb host and it was hands-down, the best meal we had in Bologna! Simple, QUALITY ingredients handled with the care and respect that these traditional recipes deserve! The tortellini in broth was OUT OF THE WORLD and my son,...who absolutely loves ragu said it was the best he's ever had (he ordered a second bowl, it was so good!). We also had the polpetone (meatloaf) and the friggione with the egg on top. Everything was amazing. Also of note are the extremely reasonable prices for such amazing food. Don't miss the zuppa inglese or the traditional rice cake for dessert. Wish we had had a chance to go back!More

Date of visit: November 2018
Reviewed October 7, 2018

A small restaurant that was recommended by an Italian app. Reservations are probably a good idea. We were late for our appointed time, but they kindly accommodated us. It helped we were a party of two. It was a Friday night and is popular with...large groups. The service slowed a little when two large tables showed up within 10 minutes of each other, but we had already eaten and were not in a hurry. And if we were, we could have flagged them down. We were the only tourists, which was nice. I speak some Italian but the staff speaks excellent English. I appreciated that they asked which language menu we preferred. I had passatelli in brodo, which was light and lovely. My husband had a large, sliced polpotone, which was like a really great meatloaf, with some excellent onions. They explained to us how the onions were made, we loved them so much! We had a peach and gelato dessert which was delicious. Everything was great, I would return.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Reviewed October 7, 2018

Very friendly service, good wine, great food, inexpensive when you consider the quality, with a very comfortable atmosphere to the place. Will return.

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed August 9, 2018 via mobile

This little restaurant is a very lovely place with AMAZING traditional tortellini and ragu. Modest prices and a lovely 'zuppa inglese'!

Date of visit: August 2018
Reviewed May 24, 2018 via mobile

We had a delicious meal at this traditional Bolognese restaurant tucked away in a quiet arcade but a short walk from the centre. I had delicious tortellini in brodo and, then, friggione with a fried egg on top. I had not come across friggione before....It comprised very slowly cooked white onion with tomato. It was light and really tasty. I asked the owner the secret of the recipe and he said very slow cooking of the onions and the right tomatoes, not watery ones. My husband had very fresh butterfly pasta (farfalle) with peas, artichokes and asparagus followed by liver and onions. He then had a sublime Zuppa Inglese. The flavours melded together so well and the different consistencies of soft cake and firmer chocolate were unusual but perfect. This was fine regional cooking in an attractive space. We were the only non-Italians there but the owners spoke English and were very helpful and hospitable.More

Date of visit: May 2018
Reviewed April 4, 2018

Closer to a 4.5. This is a very nice little Trattoria. It is great that is seems to be tucked away in a hidden spot, but is actually quite close to the Piazza Maggiore. The restaurant definitely has a local feel, and the service was...friendly and accommodating. I found the restaurant also to be a very good value. The Crescentina with Assorted Meats and Squarquerone is especially recommended. I have seen places with more variety of meats, but what was offered was really tasty. The actual bread is amazing though. Warm, pillowy, crispy, but not greasy at all. We also had an excellent special of thin Tagliatelle with Artichokes. The only miss was the Panna Cotta which I am afraid was a touch over baked. Over all definitely recommended for a quiet, reasonable, and tasty dinner of true Bolognese specialties.More

Date of visit: March 2018
Reviewed November 5, 2017

In very nice location, full of history, nice atmosphere and warm service in combination with good food makes this trattoria very good choice if in center of the city. Some interesting combination of food, good pasta, very good meat and even better desserts is what...you can enjoy, surrounded by locals. RecommendedMore

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed October 19, 2017

This restaurant provided the best food of our 2 week visit to Italy. It provides regional cuisine of a high standard using fresh local ingredients. You need to book, we could not get a table when we dropped in on a Tuesday evening but made...a reservation for the next day. We were one of the first to arrive at 8pm but when the locals started arriving after 8:30 the place soon filled, we were probably the only table where the conversation wasn't in Italian but we were made very welcome. We will visit again if we return to Bologna.More

Date of visit: October 2017
Reviewed September 25, 2017

We were initially led to Trattoria Collegio Di SPAGNA by the "Taste Bologna" people and my comments herein following are as honest as I can make them. My wife and I are retired restaurant owner/operators. We are dedicated to proper and honest preparation of food...regardless of the country of origin as are our own daughter and her daughter)(our granddaughter) who have both excelled in the food industry. For us, our trip to Bologna was a small part of a 37 day 53rd wedding anniversary trip from our retirement (we're retired Canadians) home in Mexico. Having the restaurant strongly recommended to us back many month ago,we made our reservation months in advance to ensure that during our short time in Bologna we would be able to experience "first hand" what we had been told. If, after reading this you develop an interest in visiting I truly believe you will be as impressed as we were....Wonderful experience; honest and welcoming locale (unpretentious....and that's a good thing!); exceptional and original food with recipes that truly identify the city of Bolognaand surrounding area; outstanding value; a well thought out and resonably priced wine list of wines that allow you to "drink well like a local" without being subjected to the usual "let's take advantage of the tourist prices! It's a long trip for us and although we've spent a considerable amount of time in Italy over the years it was our first time in Bologna and this restaurant provided a solid reason to go back! Enough said........my wife tells me I write to much! One more thing....MAKE A RESERVATION.......It's a busy place and we doubt that you'd ever be able to simply walk in.......It's full of locals!More

Date of visit: September 2017
Reviewed July 19, 2017

We have come to Bologna at least annually for six years but for some reason had never tried this lovely family operated restaurant. We enjoyed the very best parma ham (36 months old) we have ever had, excellent pasta dishes such as tortellini with sage...and butter, and were welcomed like oldtimers (which everyone else in the restaurant was - Italians and clearly regulars as there were discussions of children, grandchildren, etc.). The younger waitress spoke perfect English so no reason to feel ill at ease here. The prices were very reasonable, the entire experience relaxing and authentic Bologna outside of the tourist center.More

Date of visit: July 2017
Reviewed March 8, 2017

We were lucky to get a table with no reservation. The ambience is quiet and intimate. The food is homemade and genuine from the antipasti to the dolci. Very good value for money. The house wine is excellent. The service is without doubt what one...would wish for. The bathrooms are also very welcoming!More

Date of visit: March 2017
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Trattoria Collegio di Spagna is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4