When I was I kid my grandfather used to put crusted bread in meat broth and eat it like a pasta. In fact bread in Bologna is usually like that: crunchy outside and white and soft inside.
The most typical ones are called spiders and crosses, but honestly I'm not a fan of that.
If you're looking for handmade bread that will last more than one day, wholemeal and selected flours, seeds and sourdough, here are my favourite bakeries in Bologna.
My favourite bread of Bologna is from this bakery originally from Monteveglio, up on the hills.
Fortunately you can find all their breads, most with wholemeal flour, inside Mercato di Mezzo or on Saturdays at Mercato della Terra. Try their special bread with rye or Grani Antichi.
Each summer they organize a food walk called Mangirò: a full day between wheat fields and delicious food made by the best chefs of Bologna.
Mercato di Mezzo, Via Clavature, 12 Bologna
Hamburger by Max Poggi with Calzolari bread at Mangirò food walk
The oldest (1868) bolognese bakery and a must stop during our Bologna food tours. Try their crescenta, a sort of focaccia with ham or mortadella inside which gives the name of a part of Piazza Maggiore.
Bring home to your friends a torta di tagliatelle: a cake with a basis of marzipan and on the top some tagliatelle pasta, caramelized with orange juice.
Via Caprarie, 7 - Via Drapperie 6 40124 Bologna
Tel. 051 220425
Torta di tagliatelle at Atti
In one of the foodies streets, Via Galliera, offers bread and pizza with selected flours like sicilian tumminia.
Get a slice of pizza with onions and olives there and a gelato at Galliera 49, just in front of it, for a great lunch break.
Via Galliera, 34D, 40121 Bologna
Tel. 051 248556
Young staff at Forno Brisa
Opened in 2016 in Saragozza area, close to Renato Dall'Ara stadium, it's where I buy my daily bread. No joke, it lasts for a week.
Three different type of sourdough, bread with wholemeal flour and special mix like the one with hemp. Cookies, focaccia and incredible pizza.
You can also find a stand of Molino Urbano at Mercato del Novale food market every Sunday morning.
Via XXI Aprile 1945, 25/c Bologna
Different kind of bread at Molino Urbano, one is also made with hemp
La Spiga Amica (gluten free)
One extra bakery for celiacs. Close to Porta San Mamolo you can find gluten free bread, pizza, fresh egg pasta like tortelloni or tortellini and cakes.
Via Francesco Petrarca, 13, 40136 Bologna
Tel. 800 601 675
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