Bologna is full of beautiful squares and countless stunning churches, but the one square that stands out is the Piazza Santa Stefano, famous for having seven churches. At night it’s incredibly atmospheric, and so there are few places like Cesarina in Bologna: where you can eat delicious food and (weather permitting) sit outside and enjoy the view of the square.
We were not so lucky with the weather, so sat inside – a lovely and refined dining room, very Italian, simple but elegant. I would always encourage you to book, and if possible to book a table outside, under the charming portico which Bologna is so famous for.
It was here that we enjoyed a dish we had long been waiting to try, Bologna’s signature dish: the tortellini in ‘brodo’ (chicken broth). We all had this as a starter and it was well worth the wait. I then continued carb loading and had a wonderful asparagus risotto, which the Italians do so well. The rest of the party had a mixture of beef and other pasta dishes. The food was really good, the prices fair and the service excellent.
To finish with, while some of us had sambuccas, I was very tempted by the pistachio semi freddo, which I called the leaning tower of Bologna. A little like panna cotta, but not quite as soft, it was exquisite, and a wonderful end to the dinner. Rob and I then headed into the more student part of town for a drink at Le Stanze (a bar in a church, worth it for a drink).
Via Santo Stefano, 19/B,