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“Good food, good wine, good service”
Review of Re Enzo

Re Enzo
Ranked #637 of 1,843 Restaurants in Bologna
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Manchester, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
“Good food, good wine, good service”
Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

Like many cities, in Bolgna the Main Street places are dear and middling, the side streets are more interesting but still pricy, and the side street off a side street often produces good food at a fair price.

Re Enzo is one of those places.

The weather being fine, I ate on the outdoor terrace, but a walk through the interior to the loo revealed it to be well laid out, nicely furnished, with a view into the kitchen, which was scrupulously clean.

I ordered a beer while reading the menu, and it came with a little dish of good olives. I then ordered a jug of red wine, a bottle of water, and the mixed grilled meats, with grilled vegetables as a side.

It would have fed two. Indeed, a table of eight Italians had clearly ordered six(?) mains and were divvying them up. All the meats were charred sweetly on the outside, but remained juicy within. There were - a piece of chicken breast; a piece of pork fillet; a piece of beef steak; a small piece of lamb steak; a piece of well herbed-and-spiced minced beef steak. There might have been a piece of veal as well. The veg included aubergines, courgette, asparagus, with tomato and a little spinach, and fennel land chicory, lightly dressed with oil. The bread was good, a chewy crust with an open textured crumb. A reflective half hour or so - bit of meat, bit of veg, bit of bread, taste of wine, drop of water. No rush. They clearly didn't want the table back for a second punter.

Plates cleared, but with a little wine remaining, I was left in contemplative peace until they - rightly - judged I might be in the mood for a pudding. A piercingly sharp lemon sorbet. A little puddle of excellent espresso.

€38 inc tip. And as I said, I was a glutton, it would have fed two (though you'd need two puddings).

An indulgence, but worth the price. I always spend more on food when travelling alone, because if you have someone with you, the conversation is with them and the food can't help but be secondary. When you eat alone, your conversation is with the food, so it better be good. And this was.

TIP. I didn't have fish, but they pride themselves on it and I saw it served. The whole fish is brought to the table on a trolley, skinned, filleted and served onto plates at the table it's a theatrical show, and looked utterly delicious. I'd have it if I went back. (When I say "the fish" everything else on the menu is printed; the fish is chalked up according to what they have that day).

Visited June 2014
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Warminster, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Super Food”
Reviewed May 26, 2014

We were tempted in after reading the daily menu board outside. We made a wise decision as the service was good and the excellent selection of traditional food accompanied by 1/2 litre of wine was delicious. All followed by caffe and a glass of grappa ! The decor and ambience in the restaurant was very homely.

  • Visited May 2014
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London, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
223 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
“Particularly good”
Reviewed May 12, 2014

Everything was very good, from the antipasto misto through the gramigna alla salsiccia and vegetable risotto, the fillet steak and exceptional fried potatoes, to the panna cotta and strawberries that ended the meal. The only problem was all the dishes we couldn't try.
The Sangiovese recommended by the waiter was also good, and well priced.

  • Visited May 2014
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Bend, Oregon
Level 6 Contributor
178 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“The only place open in town and we were very happy to find them”
Reviewed January 15, 2014

We arrived in Bolonga on Dec 26 not knowing it was a holiday. The city was shuttered and our host couldn't offer any hope of anything other than small bodegas and coffee shops being open. While wandering back to our apartment from the train station with our luggage we saw their lights on and stopped for lunch. Sometimes when you are tired and hungry it doesn't matter how good the food is. Thankfully everything we ordered was terrific. Was one of best pizzas we had on our holiday thanks in large part to truffles. The pasta was simple but delicious and our opening plates of zuppa were generous and well prepared. We had a substantial mid day meal for a very reasonable tariff, the staff was polite and helpful, and the ambiance was a hoot--straight out of central casting for a 1960's Italian restaurant complete with thank you pictures on the wall. Would suggest considering it if you are in the neighborhood and looking for a good deal.

  • Visited December 2013
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Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Level 2 Contributor
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“Great menu”
Reviewed October 27, 2013

We had gone here earlier in the week and had an original italian pizza, which was pleasantly good. But last night went out for a nice Sunday dinner and enjoyed the rest of the menu. The fish chefs special was sea bass that was excellent, the beff with lemon again was also very delicious. A great place for food, with a cozy outside sidewalk ,close to our accommodations. Try it you will be pleasantly surprises. Price was reasonable as well.

  • Visited October 2013
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