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“Our favorite dinner in Italy”

Trattoria di Via Serra
Ranked #5 of 1,808 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
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“Our favorite dinner in Italy”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2013 via mobile

Our group of 4 adults spent 2 weeks in many towns around northern Italy. This was our favorite restaurant for food, service and ambiance. Very creative foodie dishes with great attention paid to the organic source of all food used. The friendly owners know the local source of all foods served. Worth it to add this restaurant to your dinner options. Oh, call ahead and make a reservation.

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100 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“amazing”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 12, 2013

A reservation is essential for this fantastic restaurant. It is owned by two friends and Flavio took time to explain the amazing menu with a passion. The food was organic and unique. I cannot recommend this place highly enough and it a reason to return to Bologna!

Visited September 2013
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San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Worth a Special Visit to Bologna”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2013

Bologna is one of the famous cities in Italy for food, and the Trattoria di Via Serra excels in its delivery. The restaurant is quite small and informal. The two owners greeted all of the guests. The restaurant specializes in country dishes from the Bologna region. The owners formerly ran a small restaurant in the countryside and they have now brought that comfortable style of cooking to the city. The menu is limited to 4-7 dishes to select from per course. The menu is only in Italian, however, one of the staff will explain every dish in great detail. We had difficulty selecting as everything looked great. They were kind to split some of the dishes so we could sample more of the menu. Everything was perfect including their recommendation for a local wine. The prices are reasonable as well. In over 30 visits to Italy, this was one of the best meals I have ever had in Italy. Reservations are mandatory.

  • Visited September 2013
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Winnipeg, Canada
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“Worth stopping over in Europe to eat there!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2013

What a simply very fine restaurant.

The two owners are convivial, passionate about their food and restaurant and serve superb, simple food at very reasonable prices. Clearly a well-used local haunt, the short cab ride from our central hotel was simple for a tourist.

The food is all locally sourced, natural and made to (it appears) old and wonderful country recipes. The pasta superb, and made in the restaurant daily ("You can't fool local people with store pasta" said Flavio, one of the owners) as he launched into a detailed and passionate explanation of the menu.

The food is simply superb; the antipasta options fascinating and memorable, the pasta variations were imaginative and delicious and the main courses (for which we only had room to share a marvellous roast rabbit dish) wide ranging and delightful.

The wine - two locally produced natural wines from the local San Vito winery were magic, and complemented a brilliant meal impeccably.

I shall return!

  • Visited July 2013
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Dundee, United Kingdom
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“Italian cooking at its best”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

Arrived at the restaurant without a booking but the two brothers who run the place managed to reorganise and provide us with a table. They had a restaurant in the mountains prior to this one and the food was terrific! Simple but full of flavours! They are right into the organic food production and invited us to the farmers market to sample other foods!

  • Visited July 2013
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