Osteria La Matta
meaning the crazy woman on via zucchini 9 is a hidden gem quite close to the university quartet. the staff and menu are 100% local, with dishes like tortellini, tortelloni and tagliatelle al ragù, all strictly handmade and delicious. the staff is friendly and funny, prices are good for value, it's a great place to enjoy a quiet dinner or melt with the busy office people who are regulars to la matta at lunchtime.
L'antica Trattoria Spiga
On via broccaindosso is a bit hard to find, but make the effort; it has a very good risotto and wonderful traditional cucina bolognese which does not include risotto.if you are blessed to visit on a wednesday,don't miss out on the day's special, a platter with crescente bread served with cold cured meats and cheeses for savory and nutella and jams for dessert. as with most places in bologna, be prepared to know a little italian. l'antica osteria romagnola in via rialto is very pretty and does good food but refuse the abundant and expensive antipasto or have that and just one other course.
If you want reasonably priced but good Italian food, go to to Matusel Via Bertoloni 2 in the University north-east of the center zone next to Via Zamboni and offer a good and tasty meal for as cheap as 10 euros, coffee included. Matusel is renowned for good fish dishes. Also, Trattoria del Rosso in Via Righi 30 is a similar place, not far from Piazza 8 Agosto.
Once upon a time good ice cream gelato could only be found at Antica sorbetteria in Via Castiglione. Among current contenders for the Bologna's Best Gelato title is Stefino Via Galliera 49/B, not far from the railway station. Try the wonderful pistachio ice cream and try almond "granita", though this is better at the recently opened Grom on Via D'Azeglio. The other place for superb pistachio and chocolate and many unique ice cream flavors, like Parmigiano with Pears or Fig and Almond or Watermelon and Jasmine, is Il Gelatauro, in Via San Vitale, considered one of the best gelaterie in all Italy. The newly opened Cremeria in Piazza Cavour is giving everyone else a run for their money with many excellent flavor combinations.
The Diana on Via Indipendenza is probably the most famous restaurant in the city but now it is a pale shadow of what it once was, though still high on old world atmosphere. Elderly Bolognese, tourists and businessmen dine here. The traditional regional cuisine like Lasagne Bolognese, Tortellini in Brodo and Tagliatelle with Ragu are the best choice here and the service is top notch. The daunting bolito misto is still a favorite and 35 Euros will add heaps of shaved white truffle to any dish. Diana is a favorite of Mario Batali but has fallen out of favour with many locals.
Pars Ristorante Persiano
If you've overdosed on traditional Italian food, enjoy some delicious Persian cuisine at Pars. Be sure to make reservations or get there early, the restaurant fills up fast, and for good reason. The food is high quality, the service friendly, and the atmosphere charming.
At the top of the street leading into piazza santo stefano was a famous haunt of the stars during the '60s and '70s and still attracts an exclusive clientele. its mix of traditional bolognese fare and nouvelle cuisine gives the diana a run for its money. many other restaurants offer the same food for a lot less, but you get a lot of space between the tables here and the historic building is impressive if that is what you want.
Via del Pratello has lots of bars and restaurants/osterie for young people. There's lots to choose from here. Walk past, look at the menus. It is located towards the middle of the 'western' part of the map. Fantoni with its checkered red and white table clothes and scribbled menus, is much frequented by students and serves fantastic fish secondi and an excellent ragu'. Via Mascarella/Largo Respighi is another zone with a lot of Osterie.