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“A smart and creative way to combine the traditional cuisine from Bologna with modern and innovative themes and solutions”
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Caminetto d'Oro
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Ranked #159 of 1,885 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $53 - $71
Cuisines: Italian, Steakhouse, Wine Bar
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Good for: Local cuisine, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Porto
Description: ANTIPASTI "Culaccia" cured meat from Parma with pain brioche and butter 14,00 Selection of cured meats and home-made sweet&sour vegetable 14,00 Home-made chicken liver pate served with salted butter and pain brioche 12,00 Stirred cardoon leafs & anchovies served with home-made mayonnaise 14,00 Home-made smoked atlantic bonito with citrus peel and minced vegetables 16,00 Lukewarm salad of chickpeas & salted codfish baked in bay leaf 16,00 FIRST COURSE Tortellini soup with traditional chicken and beef broth Carati Family's recipe 16,00 Passatelli (bread & cheese), formaggio di fossa cheese and fine black truffle 18,00 Tagliatelle noodles with traditional Bolognese sauce 14,00 Tortellacci filled pasta with squacquerone cheese and pear 16,00 Flat large noodles with lamb sauce and pecorino cheese 14,00 Home-made spaghetti with salted codfish, candied lemon and baked olives 16,00 MAIN COURSE Baked sea bass with steamed vegetable and flavored oil 20,00 Pan with artichokes, potatoes & Parmigiano cheese, poached egg and fine black truffle 18,00 Oven-baked veal cheeks (d.O.P. - Romagnola breed of cattle), served with minced shallot cooked in Sangiovese wine & baked potatoes 18,00 (Meatloaf, pork sausage, and fracosta language from beef breed Romagna dop) Traditional boiled meat selection 18.00 Guinea-fowl with balsamic vinagrette sauce, 18,00 caramelized & baked onion and turnip tops Baked leg of lamb with fried potatoes old style and sweet&sour shallot 20,00 ........................ ... ......... GRILL .................................. Chargrilled sirloin beef with fried potatoes old style 24,00 Fiorentina di scottona - T-bone steak per hg 6,00 T-bone steak T-bone steak (Piedmontese breed of cattle) to 6.80 Hg The meat comes from breeders association "La Granda"
Reviewed June 12, 2012

Bologna is associated in Italy with good food, and this restaurant indeed represents a smart and creative way to combine the traditional cuisine from Bologna with modern and innovative themes and solutions. Located under the typical Portici in the central part of the city, the set up of Caminetto d’Oro is at the same time unpretentious, smart and minimalist: it is really a pleasure to eat outside al fresco in the street during the good season; at the same time the inside sector of the restaurant is cozy and warm. Similarly service is quite effective and competent and it seems to have a discrete non nonsense practical approach. Menu is very interesting indeed. It has a nice range of appetizers where salami and cheese should be singled out. Primi piatti, in the best Bolognese tradition, are delicious. Tortellini and ravioli obviously deserve a mention: I had very delicious ravioli with melted parmesan cheese. Also the choice of main courses is very rich: that represent an interesting balance between tardyon and innovation. You might be tented by both fish and meat, equally good. My choice was a plate of rough meat which was simply perfect. There is also a wide selection of deserts, some of which are really outstanding. Wine list is also very rich and interesting. Although there is a wide choice of wines from all over Italy, the local list form Emilia Romagna deserves a special attention: under the advice of the restaurant’s sommelier, you might have a few unexpected nice surprises. I had my dinner with two other friends and I have really enjoyed it: no noise, relaxing atmosphere and good food: a very pleasant Bolognese evening. Recommended for all the occasions and even for the occasional visitor to Bologna.

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Reviewed May 28, 2012

we found this place randomly we were very tired to walk and the menu looked like different. And we found a table because it was Wednesday night but I believe it's hard to find a place on weekend night. The foods were very nice, very delicious however there were something wrong with service like they are not welcoming to the tourist and they don't explain the menu, they are not like italian at all. Outdoor seating is little bit noisy, you also eat the car exhaust.

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Thank choufleuris
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Reviewed February 19, 2012

This should in theory be a good restaurant, the food was actually decent but service was shocking for a restaurant in this price bracket. They have clearly never heard of "service with a smile"..
My hotel had called ahead to reserve a table but the young waiter was cold & unwelcoming when i showed up.
Culatello platter was good, as was the tagliatelle bolognese. Good selection of wines by the glass.
Was NOT served a pre-appetiser, only realised it when i heard other diners talking about it (it was green in colour and ppl were wondering what it was).
Service throughout dinner was arrogant & unfriendly. Decided not to bother with dessert.
Was kept waiting at the front desk when i left, no one bothered to come to retrieve my coat until the phone rang.
Complained to some locals about the poor service and they said Caminetto is not just rude to foreigners but they are arrogant towards locals too.

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Thank zoomeroomer
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Reviewed February 6, 2012

Delicious food, as you would expect in Bologna, and well presented. Not expensive given the quality of the food and the wines on offer. Good friendly and warm ambiance. i would eat here again.

Thank SuzyOxfordshire
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Reviewed September 28, 2011

We ate here on our last night in Bologna and wished we had not.

The decor is more modern than traditional in it is obviously a restaurant that thinks alot about itself, sadly it does not deliver.

We arrived as it was opening and asked if they could accomodate a table for two. The young waiter made an elaborate show of consulting the reservations book which was blatantly practically empty before showing us to a table. Another table for two was then occupied and after a while the even younger waitress brought over some menus. Food was ordered and then we were brought a complementary pre-starter which was rather spoilt by a large piece of transparent plastic in one of the portions. When he collected the plates we showed this to the waiter who just shrugged and walked away, later he showed it to the waitress but there was no apology or expression of concern.

The starters eventually arrived ( the restaurant was still almost empty so it was surprising that the food took so long) and both were enjoyable. Sadly the same cannot be said of the main courses. One, the rabbit was distinctly average whilst the burger was browned on the outside and completely raw once you cut into it. We had not specified how we wanted the burger cooking and neither did the waiter tell us how they served it to check whether this was acceptable. As another beef dish on the menu did make it clear that it was served raw we had, obviously mistakenly, assumed that the burger, not being descibed as raw, would have enjoyed more than a passing acquaintance with some form of cooking medium.

Needless to say the burger remained uneaten. The plates were collected by an older gentleman who had arrived some time after the restaurant had opened and he did ask what the problem with it was and said we should have asked for it to be cooked some more. Yes we could have done but based on the speed of service experienced so far that evening it would not have arrived back until my partner's meal had been eatened so the whole dining experience would be ruined anyway. The one saving grace was the older waiter who then, unbidden, delivered us a plate of cheese to have with the wine, presumably as a consolation for the burger.

This was an expensive restaurant where some of the food was good but alot was not and there is no excuse for lumps of plastic in food which could easily have caused a nasty injury if it had been eaten. One of the main problems with it is the attitude of the young waiting staff who manage to convey the impression that the customers are an inconvenient nuisance cluttering up their restaurant and best avoided at all costs. Their attitude improved a little when the older waiter arrived, possibly he was the owner, but overall i did not find this a welcoming restaurant, quite the opposite infact. It came highly recommended in the Insight Pocket Guide to Bologna and i shall make a point of avoiding this series of guidebooks in the future.

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Thank elle090
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