Swine Food Boutique Restaurant & Wine Bar is located in the center of Bologna, about a five minute walk from Piazza Maggiore (the main square), along a string of several restaurants under Bologna’s famous porticos! Dan and I passed this place on our walk from Bologna Centrale train station to our hotel and both decided that we had to return for lunch! Now that says one thing: they have a good facade up to draw in a crowd! And they do – complete with a large “SWINE FOOD” sign, ample outdoor seating and wine barrels! I mean, it was like built for us (and anyone who likes wine and pork)! In fact, it is so done-up, that it attracted the likes of the New York Times in their famous 36 hours series (here). However, while the facade is very “done-up,” the food was very good and it was filled with locals when we ate there.
I visited Bologna for one reason only – to eat! In planning my trip, a number of foodie blogs recommended Trattoria da Gianni as a local restaurant to taste Bologna’s famous foods. So I obviously made a reservation (or had Dan do so, since his last name is Italian!).
Trattoria da Gianni is located in the center of Bologna, not too far from Piazza Maggiore, down a small side street. We called ahead a few days before and made a reservation for “Sunday Lunch,” which is a very popular and heavy meal in Italy. Actually, I recommend making a reservation for any day/night. The restaurant is not very big and it seemed as if all of the tables were reserved when we were there. If you do show up without a reservation and have to wait, the servers were handing out complimentary glasses of prosecco to pass the time!