Ambasciatori is one of the oldest buildings in Bologna; located on Via delle Drapperie, at the heart of the “Quadrilatero” the medieval commercial center of the city. It was recently restored to host a bookshop from Coop, an Eataly shop and restaurant. Ambasciatori has undoubtedly become one of bologna’s most popular places and one of my favorite spots. Three floors of book store combined with a restaurant on the second floor and a café (with aperitivo in the evening) on the ground floor.
The weather has finally started to cool down in Bologna and so we decided to drag our bones out for a drink and a little bite.
I had a glass of “Verdicchio”, a white from the region of Marche, with a dry and strong taste. In Ambasciatori all wines are “Vini Liberi“, meaning free of any pesticides or other chemicals. T, had a Forst Kronen, a beer from the north of Italy (Trentino).
The food was a brave choice, which worked out way better than I thought (specially because I was not meeting anyone after).
We had: horse bresaola, with a goats ricotta, seasoned with pepper and the best tuscan olive oil, sardines with finely sliced “Tropea Onion” (a sweet red variety from the south of Italy). All was served with organic bread made in house.
Eataly is a pioneer of the “slow food” movement, which, as mentioned earlier (in this post), aims at counteracting the disadvantages of globalization by offering regional products at fair prices. It also promotes the Italian/mediterranean eating culture around the world ; the 3 biggest shops are in Rome, New York and Tokyo.