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Bologna: Sale Grosso

via de Facchini 4 , Phone: 051-231721

Reviewed by: Amy from MA, review #4073

When: 2013

Fresh seafood and excellent, thoughtful cooking in an unfussy, pleasant atmosphere.

Directions: In the old Ghetto area

fish, photo by Amy

We were steered here by a resident, and liked it so much we went twice. The menu changes daily, and focuses on seafood. The lunch menu has 6-7 choices, and there are even some nice sounding vegetarian options at lunch. It is very popular, so make sure you make a reservation, especially for dinner. The interior is very simple, and there is a pleasant outside area on the quiet street that's lovely on a warm evening.

For our lunch, I had a generous plate of spaghetti with mussels and zucchini, light and briny. My husband ordered meltingly-roasted tuna over eggplant and potatoes, also excellent. The plates included a glass of nice white wine, and our lunch totals was 29 euros, a delicious bargain for excellent seafood.

When we went a few days later for dinner, we shared an antipasto of fabulous calamari. I had a wonderful dish of bass under a crisp potato topping, served with a spicy chickpea puree and roasted peppers. My husband's orata was cooked with tomatoes, capers and olives; served over cous cous. Everything was delicious. One antipasto, two secondi, a bottle of wine was 55 euros. I wish it was in my town!

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