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“Best secret in town to eat” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Cucchiaio D'Oro

Cucchiaio D'Oro
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Ranked #1,141 of 1,789 Restaurants in Bologna
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Montreal, Canada
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72 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Best secret in town to eat”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014

A great small restaurant centrally located although on a secondary street. Great value for your money and very friendly. Perfect place for lunch at a resonnable price or supper but many options buffet ,sit down restaurant,or next door at their less formal place also possible take out.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Chicago, Illinois
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Good quality, wonderful prices, wine dinners!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 15, 2013

Highly recommend stopping in for lunch or dinner. Expect good food, not expensive, great wine selection and warm service. I went here countless times while living in Bologna. The owners are wonderful.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Minneapolis, MN
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Fantastic, and a serious bargain”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 26, 2012

This spot near the university has terrific and inexpensive pastas and meat/seafood dishes. I went for lunch, twice, during my recent 4-day stay in Bologna. One of the best things about Cuchiaio d'Oro is that it was the only place where I got to try some of the great vegetables I saw for sale at the Mercato Mezzo. I highly recommend this place, especially for lunch; have a glass of the house wine, choose a dish from the menu, have a small plate from the "contorni buffet" (vegetables), and end with an espresso.
For my first lunch here, I had a delicious fettucini with radicchio and pancetta. The pasta was perfectly prepared, in a sauce turned reddish purple from the radicchio. The flavor was a great balance between the bitter radicchio and the sweet pancetta. My partner had the gnocchi with tomato-gorgonzola sauce, and it was equally well done. The gnocchi were nicely done and not dense or chewy. On the second day, we both had the vitello tonnato - a dish we'd never before tried, of a large, thin, chilled slice of veal served with a mayonnaise-like sauce flavored with tuna, lemon and capers. Can't compare that dish since I've never had it before, but on a warm day, it was really delicious and refreshing.
On both days, I had a small contorni plate. The way they serve vegetables here is "buffet style" - along a sideboard, plates and platters are set up featuring around a dozen options for simply prepared seasonal vegetables. In May they had asparagus, baked tomatoes with breadcrumbs, grilled sliced eggplant, boiled sliced zucchini with onion, finely chopped leeks cooked in what seemed to be a poultry stock, a couple of gratins (onion, and something else), and one of my favorites, puntarelle (a bitter green similar to dandelion) cooked simply with a few raisins for sweetness. There was plenty more to try that we didn't get to, but it all looked good.
The wine selection is very decent, including local options that are indicated on the menu, and the friendly staff is happy to help you choose. The good espresso here, as at most places in Bologna, is a satisfying way to end the meal.
The atmosphere is nothing fussy, and large shared tables are not uncommon. But it's a very comfortable spot, and from some tables you can see straight into the open kitchen where they're preparing your meal. They were also promoting some special dinners, so that may be worth checking out if you have more time or are interested in a really good, inexpensive evening meal.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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