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“Thanks to this place, Bologna was not a total bust. Points for being open.”

Ristorante Pizzeria Il Saraceno
Ranked #285 of 1,835 Restaurants in Bologna
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Neighborhood: Porto
California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 526 helpful votes
“Thanks to this place, Bologna was not a total bust. Points for being open.”
Reviewed October 7, 2012

We decided to take a day trip from Florence to Bologna expecting to indulge in some great cuisine and take in the local sites. Having done a lot of research on places to eat, everything was closed. At 1pm in the afternoon! This seemed to be the theme everywhere. Perhaps a national holiday we were not aware of? We had already booked our return train ticket at 5:30pm. Waundering aimlessly around trying to find something that was open was a chore in itself. Then like an oasis in a dessert, we stumbled upon Il Saraceno around 3pm. There were a few other patrons eating on the large covered patio. We were seated outside and started with the mixed vegetable plate. The server asked if we wanted anything else (which we did), and we said we would order a little later. “Sorry, we’re closing soon” as he looked at his watch. You’re kidding right! Just like everything else that day, closed or closing. We quickly ordered our meal.

The mixed vegetable plate had beans, zucchini, and eggplant. It was ok, but better with salt and olive oil.

For main, I had Potato with Rosemary stuffed Tortellini. What a surprise. The best tortellini I’ve ever had. Served with a light béchamel. Each bite was light, with a hint of rosemary that didn’t overpower the rest of the dish. I only wish there was more. My husband enjoyed is pasta alle vongole. No complaints.

We really enjoyed our meal, and would have liked it even more if we were not rushed. I overheard some other patrons (tourists) talking to the server how this was one of their favorite places to eat when in Bologna.

Price point is reasonable, the above with 2 beers – 42 Euros.

Not sure if I would return to Bologna, if we did, I would return. Hopefully it will be open!

  • Visited September 2012
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Padstow, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Wow”
Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Went for lunch an was that impressed we went back for dinner that night! Went back that might and well what can I say,it was just fantastic!from start to finish it was wonderful. The starter of cold meats and cheese was to a very high standered. We all had pasta which was out of this world. The pasta was very fresh an cooked to perfection,my dad an sister had the ragu that they said they'd been blown away and I had the tortellini with rosemary and potatoes. The service was prompt and efficient. It's a must restaurant if in bologna. Thanks for a livery evening guys x

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Cork, Cork, Ireland
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“Excellent”
Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

One of the best meals i have had in Italy would go back no problem ! Staff were so friendly and food was extremely good ! Not too dear either

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New Jersey
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“not touristy”
Reviewed September 30, 2012

We happened upon this place at lunch and were glad to see it was obviously popular with local businesspeople. Speaking decent-enough Italian, we ordered two pizzas among the four of us. Somehow they brought out three pizzas. They weren't thrilled to take the extra one back, but they did. The pizzas were fine.

Smokers and nonsmokers are not separated in the outdoor seating, which can make for a smoky lunch.

  • Visited September 2012
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“Tourist friendly”
Reviewed September 14, 2012 via mobile

Went without planning, but got lucky, since the place tourned out to be a real restaurant and not a tourist trap. Everything was good and within the right price range.

Limoncello vey good.

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