So as you guys might have seen on one of my recent posts on ‘Things to do in Bologna‘, food was a priority on our to-do list, so as soon as we knew that Bologna was going to be a part of our most recent trip to Italy, I went and did a deep-dive on where we’d eat for the day.
Lo and behold, Trattoria Anna Maria was all up in my Google search results so I pinned it right away on my Google map, ready to navigate to as soon as we got to Bologna. I was so excited.
How to get there
It takes about 20 minutes to walk from Bologna Centrale station to Trattoria Anna Maria, which may sound long-ish for some, but it’s a pretty good looking walk if you ask me. Lots of things to see on the way so the stroll there will feel much quicker (unless you take mini pit stops to take pictures, which we totally would’ve done but didn’t this time as we were hungry af). But of course, you’re more than welcome to take other modes of transport there, but at most you should be able to get there with ease within 20 minutes max.
Trattoria Anna Maria opened its doors in 1985 and has since become a landmark for traditional and authentic Bolognese cuisine. The restaurant itself is super cute and charming. It literally reminded me of walking into my grandma’s house. The space looks really cosy too and had a homey feel to it. It was fairly busy when we went as the restaurant was about to close for the afternoon, which is something I definitely wanted to flag to you guys because the restaurant does close in the middle of the day. Please always check their website for their most up to date opening times. At the moment their opening times are as follows:
- Lunch – 12:30pm until 3:00pm
- Dinner – 7:30pm until 11:00pm
- The restaurant is closed on Mondays.
Think of all the best Italian food you’ve ever had, like tortelloni, lasagne and tagliatelle for example. All those traditional staples are found right here in Trattoria Anna Maria’s food selections. Their menu also includes a good range of desserts which you can enjoy with classic Italian wines.
So for me, I ordered the ‘tortellini en brodo’ as I read that is a ‘must’ eat when in Bologna. It’s commonly thought to be the most famous type of stuffed pasta varieties from the city. The filling was insanely delicious, which had a paste-like consistency, consisting of: pork loin, parma ham, mortadella, parmigiano reggiano, egg and nutmeg. They’re essentially mini little pasta pies that are usually enjoyed when eaten ‘in brodo’, which means ‘in broth’, typically beef broth. Delizioso!
My brother went for the ‘tagliatelle al ragù’ which he said was just amazing! The ragù part of the dish is made of this delicious meat sauce, consisting of minced pork and beef, cooked in a mixture of tomato and vegetable sauce. It’s then poured over broad, flat pasta, which was tagliatelle in this instance. Squisito!
To wrap up
The food here was unreal. We were so glad that this was the restaurant we ended up going to as it gave us a wonderful first time experience enjoying authentic Bolognese cuisine. Our experience eating here in Trattoria Anna Maria has only left us wanting to try more of what Bologna has to offer.
What’s your favourite Italian food?
Let me know in the comments below as I’m always up for a bit of foodspiration!
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