A couple of weeks ago two of my biggest blog followers came to visit me in Bologna. After all the fuss I’ve been making on my Italian food lately, I wanted to make sure they had a great time and an excellent foodie experience.
.As a long weekend lay ahead of us, I did not want them to be too full on their very first night, so I decided to take them somewhere traditional but not too raw.I wanted to show them a slightly more sophisticated side to Bolognese cuisine, more original and creative, and somewhat lighter… I booked a table at the “Sette Tavoli, Bottigleria con cucina” (Literally Seven tables. Wine cellar with a Kitchen).
.I discovered this gorgeous restaurant soon after I arrived in Bologna , whilst on my way to get an ice cream from “Sorbetteria Castiglione”. Located at the end of via Cartoleria; Sette Tavoli is a sort of very sophisticated osteria. With seven tables inside; they add a few more outside under a portico in the summer. It is a small, very exquisite restaurant in the heart of Bologna city.
.The kitchen is Italian varied. The fun part of this trattoria is that it changes its menu on a monthly basis, focusing on a different region each time.Last time I had a strawberry risotto from Lombardia , this time we had specialties from Molise. In any case they also have a fixed menu with some of the classics. So if you are in for Bolognese cuisine and you know what you want you can go straight to the point.
.They have a great selection of wines, representing all italian regions (La carta) . The owner is always happy to advice you on what to have with what.
As an Antipasto, we shared a selection of specialties from Molise
followed by some “spaghetti alla chitarra”; fresh pasta with a sauce made of bacon and shrimps. And a beef tartare
Sette tavoli’s star dish is their “tagliata” which is a finely cooked stake sliced and seasoned with rosemary and finished off by an exotic sea salt of your choise (blue from Persia, pink from Himalaya, brown smoked from Scandinavia.)
For dessert we shared a “Tenerina” cake with mascarpone and a kiwi sorbet.
To drink we had a Prosecco Valdobbiadene with the aperitives and a red from Valpollicella to go with the meat. Both from Veneto.
We ended the evening with a caipirinha in a Brazilian jazz bar which is literally 10 meters from the sette tavoli. Everyone enjoyed their food and I had a wonderful time.