What are the best restaurants not to be missed in Emilia Romagna? We at Visit Italy have selected 10 you absolutely must try in 2023.
If you want to know the best restaurants in Emilia Romagna, read our guide. After a scrupulous and exciting selection, we chose 10 proposals trying to please every palate.
We are in a region of northern Italy, stretching from the Po River to the Apennines and crossed largely by the Po Valley. The region is known for its medieval towns, seaside resorts and rich gastronomy. What better territory for a delicious and healthy meal? Here, flavors and tastes are exalted, and although united in a single region, the traditions and food customs of Emilia and Romagna are different.
Emilian cuisine has different culinary traditions, while Romagna's is linked to rural traditions. Despite the basic differences, there are various points of contact between the two cuisines and several dishes are typical of both.
The challenge we faced was arduous, made of flavours, fragrances and joy for the eyes, but among the best restaurants in Emilia Romagna we strongly wanted to include these 10 locations.
Discover the 10 Best Restaurants in Emilia Romagna selected by us at Visit Italy to let you experience this region with taste.
Osteria Francescana, Modena
Ambassador of contemporary Italian cuisine in the world, Chef Massimo Bottura's three-starred Osteria Francescana is a must in the historic centre of Modena, the capital of Emilia-Romagna's Food Valley. In a skilful mix of past and future, tradition and revolution, Massimo Bottura has managed to reinvent the classics of Modena tradition, proposing creations that are innovative in form and meticulous in presentation. The menu, essential and constantly evolving, offers incredible reworkings of the great superstars of Emilian tradition: fresh pasta, Parmesan cheese, culatello. Dinner here promises an actual sensorial experience that is hard to forget.
Sfoglia Rina, Bologna e Casalecchio di Reno
Sfoglia Rina was founded as a handmade pasta shop with love in 1963. Today it boasts a fresh pasta workshop, two restaurants, one in Bologna and one in Casalecchio di Reno where it is also possible to take away and ship fresh pasta. Among the many novelties are courses to learn how to make fresh pasta. Sfoglia Rina boasts a typical menu made up of the classics of Bolognese cuisine where the star could only be the tortellino. But there is also a menu contaminated by distant flavours, always with fresh pasta playing the leading role. Don't miss the opportunity to savour the genuine flavours of Bolognese cuisine.
L’Altro Vesuvio, Modena
At the pizzeria L'Altro Vesuvio, the genuineness of the products is sought after every day. The dough is traditional Neapolitan, crumbly and highly digestible. The pizza is cooked strictly in one of the two wood-fired ovens and has a high, soft crust. You can enjoy pizzas stuffed with the best ingredients in the country: anchovies from Cetara, 'nduja from Spilinga, provolone del Monaco. And don't forget that here you can order pizza with ricotta or stracchino cheese-filled crusts. On the menu you will also find delicious traditional Neapolitan starters, cold dishes and exquisite desserts.
Pizzeria L'Altro Vesuvio❯
Il Fenicottero Rosa Gourmet, Faenza
Il Fenicottero Rosa Gourmet has always been attentive to the search for a balanced taste, where genuineness and respect for raw materials are the principles on which it is based. The food used in the kitchen comes directly from their Vegetable Garden, from the Adriatic the catch of the day. Authenticity is the watchword here. You can sip fine cocktails and aperitifs in their bar before enjoying the delicious cuisine of Executive Chef Alessandro Giraldi. His dishes are attentive in flavour, genuine and crisp, and aesthetically sublime, with unique and special preparations. Recognised, in 2022, as "Table Remaquable", and selected in the MICHELIN Italy Guide 2023.Il Fenicottero Rosa Gourmet❯
La Sangiovesa, Santarcangelo di Romagna
La Sangiovesa is an osteria steeped in history, located in an old aristocratic palace from the 1700s. Its cuisine brings to the table dishes from another era, using genuine raw materials from a short supply chain. Their menu has a strong territorial identity, designed by following the biological cycle of raw materials, and offers varied dishes ranging from rediscovering old flavours to something new. Awarded 3 prawns by the Gambero Rosso Restaurant Guide. It adheres to the Slow Food Alliance, a pact between chefs and small producers to promote good, clean and fair local food and save biodiversity.Osteria La Sangiovesa❯
La Casa Rusticale dei Cavalieri Templari, Forlì
La Casa Rusticale dei Cavalieri Templari is very hospitable, with a quaint-looking diner embellished with antique furnishings steeped in the past. On sultry days you can enjoy delicious meals on an outdoor patio under a beautiful pergola. The cuisine consists of dishes from Romagna combined with excellent raw materials from Italy. The atmosphere is romantic, the light soft, ideal for a quiet dinner. The menu is special, with new proposals and both meat and fish dishes. The wine cellar is well stocked.La Casa Rusticale dei Cavalieri Templari❯
Terrazza Bartolini, Milano Marittima
Terrazza Bartolini is an informal location with an elegant touch, overlooking the pier and beach of Milano Marittima. Attention to detail, from the petrol blue paint colour reminiscent of sailors' fishing boats, to the rough iron chandeliers inspired by fishing with creels. Open all year round, here you can enjoy the view of beach umbrellas in summer and the sparkling sea in winter. Needless to say, its menu is made to enhance the flavours of the sea. No less so are the desserts on the menu paired with dessert wines or spirits. Everything is constructed, researched and desired to give its guests a dreamlike experience of taste.Terrazza Bartolini❯
Ristorante Osteria del Tempo Perso, Ravenna
At Ristorante Osteria del Tempo Perso in Ravenna, the highest aspiration is to 'stop time', and they will do this by delighting your palate. It offers a slightly creative contemporary cuisine that never forgets tradition. The protagonist is fish, but vegetarian and meat choices are never lacking on the menu. Each dish is made on the spot and the bread is strictly home-made daily. The menu is changed every two months while, a couple of times a year, the wine list is updated. Everything is done to continually arouse the curiosity of customers, even the most demanding, because everything is constantly being updated.Ristorante Osteria del Tempo Perso (Ravenna)❯
Villa Monty Banks, Cesena
I Piaceri di Lucrezia, Ferrara