5 great Michelin starred restaurants near Bologna (that are not Osteria Francescana)

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If I say Michelin starred restaurant near Bologna your first thought will go to Massimo Bottura's Osteria Francescana.

And I can say you're right because #1 restaurant in the world is a worth-a-plane place.
But it's not the only Michelin star that you should check out if you are in Bologna.

It took me some time (and money) but here are 5 very different places that have more than a star in common.

1. Trattoria da Amerigo

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Amerigo's egg with asparagus

Savigno is a small town inside Val Samoggia, about 25min from Bologna, surrounded by woods and hills full of vineyards.

Since 1934, Amerigo has offered the best products of his land in a family trattoria opened by Alberto Bettini's grandparents.

You won't find any fois gras or caviar there, but only the best local and seasonal products.
Like mushrooms and truffles (black and white), salmerino river fish, or deer, in a cuisine that celebrates tradition mixed with innovation.

A warm and cosy location inspired by a vintage style, with old coffee machines and liquor posters on the walls. A jump back to the ‘30s!

At the entrance there's a small shop to buy some products, I recommend their liquors (China China or Marasca) or saba (cooked grape must).

50€ à la carte, 60€ fixed-price menu

I suggest you
On the first Sunday of the month, Savigno hosts the antique market. Go for a walk and take home some vintage souvenirs

One dish not to miss
Amerigo's egg. A sort of soufflé, soft as a cloud usually served with truffle when available, I ate it with asparagus.


Via Guglielmo Marconi, 14-16, 40060 Savigno (BO)
Tel. +39 051 670 8326
Email: [email protected]

2. Ristorante I Portici

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Broken spaghetti with seafood

Ready to meet the only Michelin star of Bologna city centre?

​The first surprise is that is inside I Portici, one of the best hotels in Bologna, a few meters from the train station.

The restaurant is set in the elegant cafè chantant, called Teatro Eden, which opened in 1889.

Young chef Nicolò Annuziata arrived at I Portici in early 2023, after an intense career around European Michelin stars.

Don't expect a classic cacio e pepe or panzanella.

Just open your mind and mouth and you won't get disappointed.

110€ 5 courses menù, 150€ 7 courses menù, 55€ 3 glasses wine pairing, 85€ 5 glasses wine pairing.

I suggest you
Ask to eat inside the old ice cave used by the pope. A wonderful and intimate location to eat by candlelight.

One dish not to miss
Broken spaghetti with seafood


Via dell'Indipendenza, 69, 40121 Bologna
Tel. +39 051 4218562
Email: [email protected]

3. La Capanna di Eraclio

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Filled squid at Capanna di Eraclio

Ready to go 7 m below sea level?
You don't need a mask and snorkel, no worry.

You are in the Po River lagoon, a fascinating foggy land full of flamingos and fishermen.

Capanna di Eraclio has stood there since 1922.
Fresh fish comes in every morning from the boat fishing at night. Eels of course, but also small lagoon shrimps, moeche crabs, and if you're lucky granseola, the spider crab.

All around you, some rooms look like an apartment. With paintings, large tables, freshly ironed white tablecloths, and a fireplace.
It feels like home.
But in a house where you eat very well.

140€ (6 courses menu with paired wine)

I suggest you
Stop to visit Comacchio, a gem of the Po lagoon that sits on the water.

One dish not to miss
Anguilla in umad
, stewed eel. It's the historic dish of the tavern. Cut into slices, passed over poplar wood embers to harden the skin and then cooked in the oven

Località per Codigoro, 3 – via Per Le Venezie 3 Codigoro (FE)
Tel. + 39 0533 712154

4. Antica Corte Pallavicina

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Guinea-fowl covered by culatello and cooked in clay

Ok, it's about 1,5h far from Bologna, but I promise it is worth the effort.

We're in the bassa, the flat humid area near Po' river where you go to follow one myth: culatello. A heavenly cured meat, caressed by the fog rising from Emilia's land.

Massimo Spigaroli gets the best from it, like for its guinea fowl covered by culatello and cooked in clay.
Or just try it pure, just to taste how ageing changes its flavours.

If you haven't had enough culatello at our Parma food tour, that's the address you should write on Google Maps.

90€ (Tasting menu)

I suggest you
Try also the Hosteria del maiale, for a cheaper experience dedicated to the pig.

One dish not to miss
Podium of Culatelli from “White Pig” aged over 18, 27 and 37 months.

Strada Palazzo due Torri, 3, 43010 Polesine Parmense PR
+39 0524 936539

5. Ristorante San Domenico

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Uovo in raviolo

The story of San Domenico began in 1970 with Nino Bergese.
​People used to call him 'the king of chefs, the chef of the kings' for his noble background.

Flowers, abat-jours, leather sofas and baroque music create the warm atmosphere of a time when eating out was a luxury habit. Those times have gone, but 40 years later the 2 Michelin stars are still shining.

A pristine classic cuisine that picks up local ingredients like red potatoes, pigeon and asparagus and elevates them with the skills and precision that only study, repetition and experience can build.

The dish to wait for?
Uovo in raviolo with butter, Parmigiano Reggiano and white truffle. When Anthony Bourdain was in Bologna he went there to watch the full process. Not hard to say why.

Menu from 160€

I suggest you
Go on Wednesday if you were born after 1970. They make the same menu for a cheaper price.

One dish not to miss
The pigeon.


Via Sacchi, 1, 40026 Imola BO
Tel. +39 0542 29000

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