Scaccomatto agli Orti: enter Mario Ferrara’s hidden gourmet oasis

Scaccomatto orti bologna

I met Scaccomatto when Rick Stein was in Bologna.
The British chef was looking for cuisine with ideas, quality ingredients and passion for great food (especially fish).

Mario Ferrara's restaurant in Via Broccaindosso is not only one of my best fish restaurants in Bologna, but from late spring to fall, on some lucky nights, it becomes something special.

Scaccomatto orti bologna - Orti via della Braina

Scacco Matto is set inside orti di via Orfeo vegetable garden

Where Scacco Matto agli Orti is set

A small door at Via della Braina 7 unveils a place out of time.
Closed for more than 10 years, this VII century's vegetable garden, where in the past a monastic community cultivated the land and gave asylum and education to deaf kids, is now back to Bolognesi.

Orti di Via Orfeo is an unexpected oasis of peace between the red walls of the city centre, where you can spend an amazing dinner near an old well and an almond-shaped fish basin.

Scaccomatto orti bologna - Sardines and Burrata

Marinated sardines and burrata

Scaccomatto orti bologna - risotto

Risotto orto e mare (sea and vegetable garden)

How's the food at Scacco Matto agli Orti

Scaccomatto became worldwide famous for the 'plin' ravioli with Parmigiano Reggiano and sweet onion made for Rick Stein, but Ferrara's cuisine is much more than that.

The chef traveled from Brazil to Japan and in its cuisine he combines his roots from the South of Italy with bolognese tradition.

At gli Orti you find a fixed menu that changes every night, mostly based on fish and seasonal ingredients.

The shrimps with cauliflower mayonnaise and vanilla oil are a must.
I was lucky to have a perfectly cooked tub gurnard with grilled onion and turnip.
A bavarese dessert with strawberries and passion fruit and an infused coffee by Leonardo Lelli closed the game.

Scaccomatto orti bologna - menu

Menu written on the blackboard changes every night

Why eat there

It's one of the most romantic places to dine in Bologna.
A few tables, the silence of the vegetable gardens, soft lights create a special atmosphere you can immediately feel at the entrance.

It's also still a secret place that a lot of bolognese don't know, but it will be surely on everyone's lips soon.

Why don't

It's hard to give reasons not to go.

But if you are on a low-budget trip, 50€ can be too much for one dinner.
​Also if you have just a long weekend in town, maybe you prefer to discover everything about Bolognese cuisine.

Scaccomatto orti bologna - Mario Ferrara

Mario Ferrara prepares tub gurnard with grilled onion and turnip

Info

Scaccomatto agli Orti

Via della Braina 7, Bologna
Tel. 051 263404
[email protected]
www.ristorantescaccomatto.com
Open: Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday

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