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Bologna: Ristorante Franco Rossi

Via Goito, 3 , Phone: 051-23-88-18

Reviewed by: Susie Lindsay from USA, review #3665

When: 2011

Elegant restaurant in the heart of Bologna

We were happy to have reservations at Franco Rossi, as we were a little sad about leaving Venice and needed some cheering up.

Upon our arrival we were enthusiastically ushered inside by Signore Rossi himself. He seated us at a corner table, beautifully set with quality linens, china, flowers, etc. "Per comminciare" he says, as he pulls a bottle of white wine out of a huge silver bowl filled with ice. Our glasses full, our mood grew considerably brighter.

We were a party of three. For our antipasti, two shared a salad of fresh porcini mushrooms, celery, apple and shavings of parmiggiano reggiano. Signore Rossi insisted I have an artichoke souffle with fried artichoke wedges. All delicious!

Primi - two had tagliatelle with Bolognese ragu and one had garganelli with fresh porcini and prosciutto. The quality of the homemade pastas were excellent.

Secondi - cotecchino with pure (mashed potatoes loaded with grated parmiggiano) rich and delicious! Tagliate di manzo (thinly sliced, grilled steak) with fresh porcini Chicken breast fillet, pounded, breaded and pan fried with lemon and parsley

Dolci - "very small" he says. We are presented with a platter containing a semifreddo with chocolate sauce, tiramisu, creme caramel, macedonia (mixed fruit salad usually macerated with some type of alcohol) and three glasses of a Sicilian Moscato.

The service was warm, welcoming and impeccable.

For all of the above, two bottles of wine and mineral water the bill was 197 euros. Not cheap, but the value is there.

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