Tamburini is one of the famous delis in the old market section of Bologna. It's a real institution and stepping through the door, you can sense its history and oggle the amazing local products, like enormous legs of aging parma harm, local salamis, and a really appealing cheese case.
At lunchtime, it's a popular spot with locals to sit and have an informal buffet. Since it was our first trip inside, we decided to try half portions of a few dishes. We weren't hungry enough to also get the a sizable plate of thinly sliced hams / salumi (for 6 euros), but it looked tempting. We went with a 1/2 portion of an oven-roasted pork loin (5 euros), which proved to be the standout of the meal. Though the flavorful pork was served with some disappointing fried potatoes (they were cold and tasted bland, like hard old french fries). We also had a 1/2 portion of a fresh local pasta tossed in local cheese and ham, almost like a more gourmet take on mac and cheese. We also selected a plate of cooked vegetables (4 euros) which was probably the most disappointing. On the plate, there were two roasted tomatoes topped with olive oil and breadcrumbs and what we think was a roasted endive covered in the same dense coating. If the veggies were served hot - instead lukewarm buffet temperature - they might have had a chance. They didn't have much flavor and the texture was mushy.
The average meal didn't completely sour us, but next time, we'd order more carefully, selecting items that taste just as good at room temperature - like the ham/salami plate and some ripe cantaloupe melon.