We came to Bologna for a day visit without any plans or guide books. A tour guide from the tourist office recommended we try Tamburini for lunch. Indeed, it's a nice place for some wine, antipasto, and people watching.
This establishment is an outdoor café/bar, self service restaurant, and a delicatessen all in one. Outdoor seating area was very busy at around 12:30 pm. We came back an hour later and were seated promptly. The outdoor seating consists of tall barstools (hard on your tush) and small round tables. No privacy, but great for people watching and listening to contestations. Most patrons were local, a mix of university students, families, and casual shoppers.
The menu in the outdoor area is limited, mostly antipasto. We had two plates of mixed cold cuts and cheeses and a Caprese salad. Portions were generous. Hams and cheeses were fresh and delicious. Bread roles were fresh and plentiful. Two glasses of sparkling wine topped our lunch. Service was friendly at leisurely pace.
Inside the restaurant the menu is more diverse. Service is cafeteria stile. Crowd appeared mostly local. On a warm day it felt a bit hot inside. Bathrooms were clean with toilet paper.
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