I just was in Bologna for a few days of culinary holiday, and I would like to share my experiences here. I picked “Da Cesari” pretty much by random when I was looking for a place to have dinner in the central area of the town. It looked nice from the outside and the menu was interesting, so I gave it a go.
The restauant is not far away from the central Piazza Maggiore at Via Dè Carbonesi, 8. The interior is in trattoria style with tables lined up closely together. Service was friendly and quick, but there were not many guests in the restaurant when I was there.
The cuisine is fairly traditional Bolognese, and of course you will find the legendary tagliatelle al ragù and the famous salumi of the Emilia Romagna region on the menu. But there are also a number of dishes you won’t find easily in other places.
As an appetizer I had some mortadella which naturally was very good, followed by green ravioli with rabbit filling topped with grated smoked goat cheese. This may look like an unusual combination but it works very well. My main dish was veal cheek braised in white wine which was good but could have had a bit more refined seasoning. As a side came a baked piece of radicchio which was stuffed with what looked like potato and carrots. Now I don’t really (no, make this “really don’t”) like carrots but I have to admit this was very well made.
The dessert turned out to be the best dish of the meal: a very indulgent chocolate cake with chocolate sauce. The final coffee came with sweet nibbles including excellent cocoa coated raisins.
The price tag for this meal includung a 50 cl bottle of simple chardonnay and a large San Pellegrino was €59. Although it was not an extraordinary culinary revelation, I left the restaurant with the feeling that this was money well spent. “Da Cesari” definitely deserves a recommendation for solid Bolognese food at a slightly elevated price and quality level.