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“Great Food/Slow Service”

Drogheria della Rosa
Ranked #142 of 1,885 Restaurants in Bologna
Price range: $37 - $73
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Reviewed June 5, 2014

We selected this restaurant for a Sunday evening dinner at the recommendation of TA reviewers and also our Hotel. We arrived at Drogheria and were seated outdoors, as requested, by one of the hosts. Then another host told the waiter within earshot to "tell those people they just can't come and sit here." Then the person who seated us explained that we indeed had reservations. Yet another server came by and explained that "she was the menu." She informed us of what was available to eat that evening. For primi, my husband chose the Tagliatelle Bolognese (the first of three he tasted while in Bolgona), and I selected a cavatelli pasta with sausage dish. Both were excellent. For secondi, I had the Steak with Balsamic reduction, and my husband enjoyed a tender, moist veal roast. No complaints with respect to the food. However, when it came time to settle the bill, we waited over 45 minutes! Our waiter, who was yet another person not previously involved with seating us or explaining the menu, was terribly busy, waiting on most of the outside tables and disappearing from time to time to the inside of the restaurant. It was sometimes difficult to get his attention. When it came time to ask for "il conto," he acknowledged our request and walked away never to be seen for quite some time. We had asked the waiter for coffee and dessert, which he never brought to the table. We finally got the attention of the person who explained the menu to us and once again requested the bill. She informed us that the owner was busy and that he was the only person who could calculate the bill. She did get our coffee and dessert, and we finished and waited some more for the bill. Finally, the bill came. It was totally reasonable for all the food that we ate. We paid the bill and got up to leave. That is when our original waiter came by with a beautiful rose and bid us farewell. All and all, it was a good experience, but we left the restaurant really late and were exhausted by the time the bill was settled. Bottom line, the food was great. (The Bolognese ragu came in first or second according to my husband, who said all three ragus he tried in Bologna were totally different.) While we saw the owner, he never came over to our table and congregated mostly inside, chatting up the young ladies. If you don't have qualms about a long, drawn out dinner or waiting a long time for the bill, then this restaurant is a pretty good one. The outside seating is lovely, and again, the food was quite good.

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Reviewed June 3, 2014 via mobile

Incredible meal. Wonderful. Amuse bouche of guinea foul with greens. Tortelloni with Fiore de zucca amazing and the maile roti. Delicious. Wonderful wines. Emmanuel is wonderful and the ambiance is fabulous. A must eat in Bologna

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Reviewed June 3, 2014

We had read glowing reviews on Tripadvisor. We read that the restaurateur was eccentric.
On arrival, we were seated in a corridor, where waiters were constantly running past and instructions were being barked. Two tables of fellow diners complained and moved outside to escape the commotion.
When a waiter was half way through taking our order, the owner gave him some chairs to carry and barked at us "He cannot take your order. I will do it". He then disappeared.
Another harassed employee arrived some time later to complete the task. We were told that they didn't have fish that evening because the owner did not like to have food left over and it might not sell. It was a Friday evening. When the food arrived it was not what we had ordered.
We did see the owner again - he stood smoking outside the open door very close to our table.
We asked a waiter if he could call us a taxi to take us back to our hotel. We checked 25 minutes later and he said he had called one. 20 minutes later we asked another waiter who then called a taxi.
The food was average. Definitely not worth the aggravation. Very disappointing.

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1  Thank 121Reviewer
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Reviewed May 31, 2014

We were three couples who travelled to Bologna on our way from Venice to Florence and based on its good reviews stopped for lunch at Drogheria Della Rosa. In my opinion, we made a big mistake. We ate many meals in Italy during our two weeks visit and this meal was our only disappointing one. We had outside seating which was fine, but what was not fine was the attitude of the manager (could have been owner) to us and his staff. First, he did not serve all of us what we had ordered and when we told him, his response was to take back the wrong meal and not serve anything. My friend sat at the table for the entire meal with nothing to eat. When we tried to get the managers attention, he ignored us. While we were at the restaurant, we observed the manager being very rude to his servers and in particular to a female server who looked like she was going to cry. I felt so sorry for her. The food, in my opinion was just mediocre and I will never return to this restaurant again.

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1  Thank Karkaye
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Reviewed May 22, 2014

super service, super food, nice wines from the house. we sat outside and the owner really cared about us, took his time, drunk a glass of wine and made us feel welcome, while the total price was really low!

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1  Thank JohVan
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