If I ask to my friends which are the best tagliatelle of Bologna I always get the same answer: my grandmother's.
Well yes, it might be true but maybe the emotions sometimes give a better taste.
These are my favourite tagliatelle that you can find in Bologna's restaurants: it's not a rank and I didn't want just to compare the traditional tagliatelle al ragù, but give you a wider range of options.
1. Tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms @Osteria Broccaindosso
I've already talked about Osteria Broccaindosso for best restaurants for celiacs in Bologna.
It's a place that I always recommend to people who wants to try bolognese cuisine.
Everything in this place, from the selection of the ingredients to the courtesy of the staff, from the informal and cozy location to the quality/price ratio, is as a restaurant is expected to be.
Just during end-summer or autumn you can find their tagliatelle with porcini mushrooms (15€) which absolutely deserves the waiting. Also try their passatelli with porcini for an unusual but wonderful combination.
Via Broccaindosso, 7
Tel. 051 234153
2. Tagliatelle with bolognese ragù @Trattoria Annamaria
At Trattoria Annamaria you can have the closest version of my grandmother's tagliatelle. Annamaria is a 75 bolognese lady which owns her own restaurant in Via Belle Arti since the 80's. Her cuisine is genuine and rough as the real bolognese should be and all the fresh pasta is completely handmade in the lab a few meters from the restaurant.
A few numbers:
8 hours of cooking for the bolognese ragù (the vegetables in her version are roughly cut, as in the old countryside recipe) and only 8 seconds for the tagliatelle.
The dough is so thin and fresh that takes that little time in water to be ready for the mouth. You can have tagliatelle with ragù in probably all the restaurants in Bologna, but these one for me are unique.
Via Belle Arti 17
Tel. 051 266894
3. Tagliatelle with Medicina onion @Osteria Bottega
Medicina is a small town in the country area of Bologna, very famous for the quality of its onions.
Osteria Bottega, a small and elegant restaurant which pays a lot of attention about using the best local ingredients, makes a fabulous version of tagliatelle with that onion and tomatoes.
I went there with my friend Shahab of Emirates Airlines when he asked me to try the best tagliatelle in town: you can judge from his face in the video how great they are.
Via Santa Caterina, 51 Bologna
Tel. 051 585111
4. Green Tagliatelle with ham @Trattoria Collegio di Spagna
Nettle is a common wild herb in Bologna's countryside, carefully hand-picked in the field was used by sfogline for its delicate aroma and to make egg pasta a little bit lighter.
This small and cosy trattoria, who takes its name from Collegio di Spagna, a private college for Spanish students founded in 1364 just in front of it, knows well how to use it.
The owner is pure bolognese and you can tell by the menu which follows the real tradition of local cuisine. You won't find tortellini with broth in summer or stuffed zucchini in winter because they chose to use only fresh ingredients by selected producers.
Trattoria Collegio di Spagna
Via Collegio di Spagna, 15, 40123 Bologna
Tel. 051 644 8825