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“Wonderful Food and Friendly Owners”
Review of Al Sangiovese

Al Sangiovese
Ranked #17 of 1,843 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Santo Stefano
Portland, Oregon
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food and Friendly Owners”
Reviewed February 17, 2013

We were warmly welcomed as we entered this restaurant by the owner, Antonella. She patiently let me practice my broken Italian with her which made our visit that much more fun. She was attentive to our menu choices and helped us choose something we would like. I did not feel rushed or pushed to order more than we could eat. We went back a second time as we enjoyed this restaurant the most while in Bologna. The chocolate mascarpone dessert Antonella made was absolutely delicious and the best we had there. You must enjoy the charm of this restaurant.

  • Visited December 2012
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RoccoZoccoli, Proprietario at Al Sangiovese, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
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Boulder, Colorado
Level 3 Contributor
24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“I'd Eat Here Every Day!”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

This tiny, out-of-the-way restaurant is an absolute delight! A small place (maybe 10-12 tables) and wonderful hosts, who clearly like to make people happy. The inside is charming and, I suspect, they serve more locals than tourists. But, it's the food that makes this place special. We (four of us) had a mixture of appetizers (all excellent), a delicious tortellini in brodo soup and four fresh and perfectly prepared main meals: steak in balsamic (excellent), scallopini with asparagus (superb), polpette and zucchini (delicious) and tagliatelle ragu (wonderful), plus a side of rosemary patata. The house Sangiovese was a perfect match for the food. The bill came to 150 Euro for the four of us, quite reasonable for one of the two or three best meals we've had in two trips to Italy. Oh yes, and we each got a big hug from Antonella - the co-owner of Al Sangiovese - when we left. It was like eating at a good friend's house. If you are in Bologna, you owe it to yourself to plan around a visit to Al Sangiovese. (I just noticed, I'm drooling while typing this.)

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank DAD38
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RoccoZoccoli, Proprietario at Al Sangiovese, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
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Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“From beginning to end, our best meal in Italy.”
Reviewed January 25, 2013 via mobile

We found this out-of-the-way restaurant on Tripadvisor, and we were so happy we did. Excellent house wine, the best pasta dishes, and an amazing custard dessert. The owner was very cordial, and even though the restaurant was empty (we went around 14:30 in the rain) we could see how it could be busy most other times. I only wish we could have come back for another meal here, and try some of the other courses, but we chose to try a different restaurant each time. This is how eating-out in Italy should be - perfect in every way.

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Montezuma, ks
Level 6 Contributor
220 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
“Perfect date night.”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

I found Al Sangiovese on Trip Advisor and made it a point to contact Rocco for reservations. However, our flight was delayed and we didn't make it, and Rocco graciously made us another reservation for the next evening. Then our train was delayed and we arrived 2 hours late. Despite the crowd, Rocco seated us immediately and was very kind and considerate.
We ate like kings (or pigs) from the anti pasta (you absolutely have to try the meat and cheese platter for two), to the fresh pasta, to the steak and dessert. The house wine was incredible and we have since ordered a case online. To be honest, the steaks were not the best we have ever had, but they were delicious. The balsamic sauces were flavors that I had never imagined.
The hallmark of Al Sangiovese is the service. You are treated like family from the moment you enter until you walk out the door. Not the easiest place to find and easy to miss, so take a cab. One final note: Don't let you wife get drunk on wine and convince you she knows how to walk back to the hotel (in the rain).

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank MontezumaSocialClub
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RoccoZoccoli, Proprietario at Al Sangiovese, responded to this review, April 7, 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
53 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Traditional, delicious Bolognese restaurant”
Reviewed January 22, 2013

Wonderful antipasto of Parma ham and other cold meats and absolutely delicious home-made pasta. The owners were very welcoming after initially ticking us off for not booking and it was strange that a few people were turned away when there seemed to be free tables. The desserts were good, but the main courses were sublime. Excellent local wine list and everything was very reasonably priced. The restaurant is not central but easy to walk to and well worth it, but you'd best book first!

Visited January 2013
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Thank Frances B
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