Looking for a delicious food tour in Bologna? Here’s our experience on a food tour with a local guide.
You can’t visit this foodie city without taking a food tour in Bologna. With just a few days here, it can be hard to sort through all the fun things to do in Bologna on top of researching for the best local foods to eat, which is why I recommend starting off your trip in Bologna with food.
A food tour in Bologna gives you the best of both worlds when it comes to learning about the city and tasting its local flavors. In just one tour, you’ll get a bit of history, highlights of popular landmarks, local insight, and best of all, the inside scoop on the best local foods to try.
Read on for the many reasons why I recommend taking a food tour in Bologna with Delicious Bologna.
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True Local Insight
Delicious Bologna started out as passion project by local foodie, Mattia. He wanted to give tourists the opportunity to explore Bologna like locals do and share more than just the flavor of food. With his Bologna food walking tour, in addition to eating regional Italian food from the city and surrounding areas, you also learn how it’s made and what the Italian food culture is like.
Because of Delicious Bologna’s ever-increasing popularity, the project has evolved into a full-time business. Now Mattia can do what he loves everyday, which is show you a taste of the local lifestyle in Bologna.
All the Best Local Foods to Try
Mattia has been frequenting the local establishments in Bologna for the many years that he’s been living here. Therefore, he knows the best restaurants in Bologna to eat at from experience and is even aware of where some of these restaurants source their food from.
Why not skip the hassle of spending hours reading through reviews written in English by tourists who visited Bologna but never learned there? Why not jump right into the best foods a local native has tried at these Bologna restaurants?
Here’s what you’ll get to eat on your tour:
- Italian breakfast of a cappuccino and cornetto (two flavors)
- Certified DOP* cured meat, parmigiana cheese and aceto balsamico tasting
- Three famous homemade pasta dishes at a traditional trattoria**
- Slice of Roman pizza
- Artisanal Italian gelato
*Mattia will explain more of this on the tour, but DOP stands for Denominazione di Origine Protetta aka “Protected Designation of Origin”. It basically means that the food you’re eating has been fully raised and made by local farmers and artisans with traditional methods.
**We tried the famous tortellini en brodo (tortellini in broth) with Mattia, and it was the best tortellini en brodo we had the whole trip. We tried it at other places, but it didn’t come close to how comforting and satisfying it was at the trattoria we went to on the Delicious Bologna food tour.
You will certainly leave the food tour full of both food and a deeper appreciation for this city’s culture.
Looking for something else to do near Bologna? Head to the Modena Maserati Museum!
Inside Look at a Pasta Factory
When Mattie said we were going to a pasta factory, I thought of a traditional factory: large, sterile, and impersonal with lots of machines. But a pasta factory in Bologna is completely different! It’s a cozy place where 10-15 people are hand making pasta. The ladies making the tortellini can actually make a tortellini per minute!
This was something that we definitely could not have done without going on the food tour as the pasta factory isn’t open to the public. Seeing the pasta factory alone made the food tour worth it and something you’ll surely enjoy.
Highlights of the Bologna’s History
Through Delicious Bologna’ food tour, you’ll get to learn about Bologna’s popular landmarks, history, and nuances you wouldn’t have noticed on the streets without a local like Mattia to point it out. You’ll also learn about the history and context of the foods you eat so you can have a deeper appreciation for it.
My favorite parts of hanging out with Mattia were when he told stories and legends passed down through generations. They were a mix of quintessential Italian romanticism and absurdities, and to hear them from a local with an Italian accent was an absolute delight. I would’ve never known about these stories otherwise!
Note that I say “hanging out with Mattia” and don’t refer to him as solely a tour guide. He was extremely warm and made us feel like we were with a friend, not just part of a tour.
Local Recommendations for the Rest of Your Stay
After your food tour, Mattia will email you a list of restaurants and bars he recommends. This list is gold! We tried a couple of restaurants from this list for the rest of our stay and found them all to be quite delicious. It’s a huge list so you’ll have plenty to choose from, and thus, eat and drink during your stay in Bologna.
Pro Tip: Make sure to book this food tour in Bologna on the first or second day of your arrival at the most. That way you can use Mattia’s recommendations during the rest of your Bologna vacation!
More Than Just a Food Tour in Bologna
Over a food tour with Delicious Bologna is more than just a food tour. It includes local insight, history of the city, and even recommendations for the rest of your stay, which makes it my number one choice when you’re trying to figure out what to do in Bologna.
Delicious Bologna also has other activities like a cooking class or picnic.
Check them all out here.
If you book this Bologna food tour, please let Delicious Bologna know that you found them through me, or let me know how it goes. I love to see whether my small corner of the internet has an impact on mom and pop businesses!
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