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“Fun for a Cafeteria-style Bolognese Lunch”
Review of Tamburini

Ranked #140 of 1,843 Restaurants in Bologna
Price range: $6 - $17
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Buffet, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
Description: Pork is the domestic pig intended as a supplier of meat and sausages. The Latin origin, maialis, is related to the habit of sacrifice to the goddess Maia a pig (porcus), term connotation, even more than the other, in the negative. In the ancient traditions (Latin, Greek, Celtic), pork was considered a good supplier of meat, like other animals. More and different cultures, ancient and recent, have on the contrary "demonized", branded as unclean animal and then banished from the power. Arista and ham therefore forbidden for Brahmins, Jews, Muslims. From the gastronomic point of view, treaties Italians from the fourteenth to the eighteenth century, the target social high, almost ignore the pig, who gained wide popularity in the last two centuries, especially among the lower classes that they had never underestimated the value primary food (often single) and thanks to the birth of the popular culinary manuals and popular. As for today's dieticians crusades against pork and the fat that the poor beast carries (and inside), it suspend judgment and give voice to Giovanni Tamburini, when, a little 'to tease him and a bit' not to die, he says: "Has anyone ever calculated the ratio joy (or satisfaction) for triglycerides divided by average life? If we give a very high value to the joy in function numerator, the average life span is extended ...! " Intermezzo zoological anatomy "Pig: subfamily of mammals, which is identified in the pig, pet bred by humans since the time the oldest. Even today maintains a position of primary importance, dovu-ta to the recognition of its excellent quality dietary and nutritional. High consumers of pork appear to be the Germans, with almost 60 kg per person per year; in Italy the consumption is around 24 kg per capita. The pig represents the animal food for excellence, data that is used throughout; meat, fat, viscera, blood, fowl and bristles. Among the many Italian pig breeds are to be mentioned: the "Emiliana" of Reggio and Parma, the "Lombard", the "Macchiaiola", the "Adriatic", the "Perugina" and others, today almost completely disappeared and replaced by imported breeds from abroad. Among these the most important are the "Large White", the "Landrace", the "Poland China" l "'Hampshire." Especially the "Large White" is highly appreciated for its precocity, fertility, prolificacy and high yields fattening and slaughter. Pigs of this breed and its crosses derivatives are slaughtered on the year of age and weighing about 140-150 kg, providing meat for the Italian delicatessen factory. "(From: Big illustrated encyclopedia of gastronomy. By Mario Guarnaschelli Gotti. Milan, Selection from the Reader's Digest, 1990)
New York City, New York
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“Fun for a Cafeteria-style Bolognese Lunch”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Tamburini can be a bit intimidating at fist glance - you almost feel like you don't have the right to order anything at the counters if you don't really know the subtle differences between coppa and cullatello - but go in deeper (at lunch hour), grab a tray and make your way down the aisle to grab tasty Bolognese classics like Tagliatelle and ragu or just a simple bresaola. It's hard to resist the small (glass cups) of red wine they put out, don't expect it to be super cheap, about 12 euro for lunch.

  • Visited September 2013
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Algonac, Michigan
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“Relaxing outdoor lunch”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

While walking around the city, I ran across this place during lunch. The outdoor seating looked inviting and I decided to stay. The staff was friendly and helpful with my questions and it was a nice place to sit and take in the view during a meal.

I had the pasta and it was very good but a little high on price for a bowl of pasta. It was worth the little extra though being able to sit outside on a nice day and enjoy the meal.

They are located just down the road from the plaza and is worth the time to stop by and have a meal and relax as the people mill around.

  • Visited October 2013
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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“Tasty meat/cheese platters - rushed service”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Tamburini's is really three separate entities: a wine bar, a self-service restaurant and a deli. We have eaten in the wine bar on numerous occasions and have always been very satisfied with the platters of meats and cheeses (not to mention the extensive selection of wine). On this occasion we shared a mixed meat and cheese platter, mozzarella and mixed seafood – all very good, although the latter was a little bit chewy.

It is, however, something of a tourist trap and - as a result - the service can be patchy at times (that said, we've never had bad service, but it has been a bit brusque/rushed on occasion), but it is nevertheless well worth a visit. The seating in the wine bar is fairly limited, so expect to be turned away or to share a table if you're not there early. I've never tried the self-service restaurant, so I can't really comment on it, but I would only go here for the various tagliere (meat/cheese platters) they offer. The wine bar has a nice feel to it and is quite atmospheric, while the restaurant feels a little sterile, sort of like a work canteen. The deli itself has a fantastic selection of Italian goodies and it is well worth spending some time having a wander about.

  • Visited September 2013
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“Good quality food and wine in the old town.”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Stumbled across this deli/restaurant combo while walking around the old streets. We ordered a caprese and a plate of ham/cheeses etc. two glasses of sparkling rose. Absolutely loved it. The food quality is great due to the deli side of the business and we just sat and enjoyed it for ages.

Returned a couple of days later for a repeat which was also good. We ate outside both times. The table service could be a bit friendlier I suppose.

Definitely worth a visit. I think they also do evening meals once per week. Maybe a Friday?

  • Visited August 2013
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“Nice place, takes advantage of tourists”
Reviewed September 1, 2013 via mobile

Good wine, delicious salumi, but we definitely got ripped off. We ordered two different meat platters, prosciutto and mixed, only received one, then were charged for two. When I questioned the bill, English suddenly was a major obstacle and the excuse I was given was that we ordered the prosciutto platter "for 2" - 20 euros for €3 worth of meat (yes, I confirmed the price at the "deli" side of this establishment) - would not recommend! Do yourself a favor, buy a nice selection of cold cuts at the deli, a bottle of wine at the nearest PAM (supermarket), and find a nice quiet place to enjoy. Definitely NOT worth the money. This place has clearly taken advantage of the press they have received (batali, times, etc.) and used it to exploit tourists. I am sure the Italian speaking folk do not get this kind of second class treatment - they wouldn't stand for it!

Visited August 2013
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