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“Lunch and people watching”
Review of Tamburini

Tamburini
Ranked #3 of 81 Shopping in Bologna
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Owner description: Treat your tastebuds to some of the delicacies found in this gourmet deli and market.
Reviewed June 5, 2014

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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Reviewed May 26, 2014

My husband was sick in bologna, but wanted some great food... The self-serve cafeteria was perfect for this! I was able to get authentic food in an easy-to-take-out format! Loved it...

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Reviewed May 11, 2014

We decided to have meal in Tamburini since all classic Italian restaurants with Bolognese spaghetti seemed to be closed (at 6pm).
The only hot dish in Tamburini is lasagna. We had one lasagna and one plate of prosciutto with parmezan. I tried this together with Aperol. What I did not like much: service (toooo long), also chairs and tables are too close to each other.

1  Thank Оксана Д
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Reviewed May 11, 2014

Sit outside on the pathway at the wine barrels and eat good ham and other simple Italian specialties and you know you are in Italy. Somewhat abrupt male waiters (with a smile) and good quality food at a modest cost as you watch the crowd go by, Have been there a number of times and will still go back because it is a fun place. Expect to wait on a busy day.

Thank Oldjack
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We had been in Bologna for a few days and had passed Tamburini a number of times. So we decided to stop in and try their cafeteria style lunch. We got a tray and picked out bottled water from the cooler and then we moved down the line looking at all of the possibilities. We (DH and I) both opted for tortellini with cheese with a side of grilled eggplant and mixed vegetables. The food was very good, the cafeteria line was quick, and we were finished and out the door in about 45 minutes. Although I didn't make a note of the total bill - I recall the food being very reasonable.

Thank bab0706
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