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“Excellent local restaurant - great service and food”

Trattoria di Via Serra
Ranked #5 of 1,843 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Beaconsfield, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
54 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
“Excellent local restaurant - great service and food”
Reviewed April 28, 2014

The other recent reviews of this place are spot-on in my opinion. There is nothing fancy about the restaurant itself - it's down an unpromising street just north of the railway station some way from the centre of town on foot but just a short taxi ride. From the outside it looks like a basic trattoria which would give the idle passer-by no indication of the gastronomic delights inside.

The service is fantastic - although the owner self-deprecatingly says his English is poor, it is actually very good and his explanation of the dishes was great (source of ingredients, where they come from (generally very local), how it was cooked etc.). And, as you would expect from people so passionate about food, the cooking was excellent. Nothing fancy, just very tasty authentic local dishes that the Italians seem to do so well.

The wine list is short (red or white!) but good quality and well matched to the food.

Based on our visit on a Friday night, booking is essential and you can understand why: fantastic, locally-sourced food with great service and reasonably priced. What's not to like?

  • Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Amazing!”
Reviewed March 22, 2014

We came here twice during our trip to Bologna. As everyone has said the two guys who run the place and so welcoming and attentive, each dish was explained to us in English and in great detail. The food was incredible and went very well with the wine they served us. Wished we could have ate here more as it was that good and also reasonably priced. Will now hold a special place in our hearts and I hope more people visit it!

  • Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Great dinner!! ”
Reviewed March 16, 2014 via mobile

Called and made a same day reservation (Italian days guide suggested this place when I called to book our tour) it was by far the best meal we've had on our trip so far. Italian menu, but they explain all the dishes to you in english in detail, including where the food comes from.The owner is very nice!! It's not expensive, and it was the most polite service we've had as well. Walking distance to the train station. (Note: Push the button next to the sliding door to open it.)

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Awesome! ”
Reviewed March 12, 2014 via mobile

First of all, if you want to go here, I suggest you make a reservation in advance (1-2 weeks) because of the popularity ;-). I called a day before reservation and the evening was fully booked. The owner asked us if we minded coming early, so we'd be gone before 9, and I'm glad we did.

Everything is just so authentic.
The staff is soooo helpful and Flavio explained every single dish in English. He's just a lovely man!

The food was fantastic. Everything is homemade and really really tasty + seasoned perfectly.

If you want a real, honest and authentic taste of Bologna for a great price, look no further! This is it!

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“The best meal in Italy. Can't wait to go back.”
Reviewed February 8, 2014

Amazing food, amazing service, great people really enjoyed it and definitely will be back! I wanted to try every thing! Go with the chefs choice.

  • Visited March 2013
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