Via Santa Caterina, 51, 40123 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 585111
After our gorgeous castle stay in Siena, we drove back to Florence to take a train to Bologna. Once again, I would not recommend Europcar as returning the damn car was as hard and error filled as hiring the bloody thing in the first place.
In Bologna we are staying at a hotel called Al Cappello Rosso. Now I still don’t really see the attraction of Bologna, a city that is filled with graffiti and really old, worn out buildings, but Al Cappello Rosso was an exception. From their extremely friendly service to their complimentary water to quench our thirst in the summer heat, to their comfy bed, what I loved most was their themed rooms.
To start, we ordered the Aged Black Pig guanciale and mortadella €9 each. We couldn’t believe it when one of the meat is all white- full of fat rather than meat! OMG! We could virtually feel our arteries clogging. That being said the fat was full of flavour and was more delicious than the mortadella that was also on the plate.
When in Bologna, eat their Bolognaise Ragu Pasta and so we did €14. What we found in Bologna is that their ragu (ahem what we called “Spaghetti Bolognaise” is very meat focussed, none of this bullshit tomato/mushroom/veggies in the way. Do we actually like it? Mmmm… It might be authentic but it’s really dry and a bit tasteless. We had to chuck a lot of cheese on top for flavour. The pasta was machine made, which Ms Hot Guns and I turned our noses up at, ever since we learnt how to make fresh, hand rolled pasta back in Siena.
Dr. Ben tried to be different and ordered the tortellini in a broth, which wasn’t very flavorful at all. We kept joking that he must have felt like he was eating the “Western” style Hong Kong breakfast of pasta soup. LOL
I ordered pigeon and the owner warned that it will be cooked rare, but I was game. I have never had rare pigeon before, especially when bird flu is such a threat in Hong Kong, everything is fully cooked. But man what an awesome gamble. The pigeon was flavoursome, it was tender, it was juicy. Delicious and the one of the best pigeon I have ever had. With all the disappointed sighs emitting from my fellow diners I was in a state of bliss.
The potato was also a disappointment, overly salted, over cooked and very very dry. Ms Hot Guns couldn’t believe that you can stuff up potatos! The skin felt tough and plasticky. We simply could not believe the rave reviews this restaurant has!
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