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Bologna: Trattoria Anna Maria

Via Belle Arti , Phone: 051-26-68-94

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Susie Lindsay from USA, review #3664

When: 2011

Long time trattoria, featuring handmade pasta, popular with Italian celebrities

Directions: Close to the University on Via Belle Arti

Well, what can I say, we have been eating here for over 20 years!

The walls are plastered with autographed photos of Italian celebrities, all extolling the virtues of Anna Maria. There is a very real Anna Maria, who presides over the restaurant like a protective hen.

Trattoria Anna Maria is justly famous for homemade pasta in the Emilia Romagna tradition. That is to say, egg pasta, no semolina and hand rolled with a matarello (a very long, dowell type rolling pin) rolled out onto a wood surface giving the pasta more "tooth". In fact, Anna Maria has a laboratorio just a few blocks away that is dedicated to nothing other than making the fresh pasta for the restaurant. The main pastas featured are tagliatelle, tortellini and garganelli as well as the traditional lasagna of green noodles, béchamel and ragu.

You would be crazy to skip pasta here or any of the soups, such as passatelli in brodo.

The secondi are all delicious as well. Think oven roasted meats, such as veal shank and rabbit with potatoes basted in the roasting meat drippings.

Good desserts, coffee and grappa.

I consider this to be a moderately priced restaurant in an expensive city. Our last lunch for two people with primi, secondi, contorni, dolci, wine, coffee and grappa was 107 euros.

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