You can accidentally walk for hours in Bologna, winding through terracotta palazzos and piazzas and bumping into towering basilicas. Before long you’ll be peeping enviably into osteriasristoranti and the outdoor tables as they fill with brightly-cured affettati, golden foccaccia calda, formaggio di stagione and carafes of white wine that glisten in the early afternoon sun.

As tends to be the case in Italy, the ideal place will pop up before you can say: ‘pappardelle!’ I’ve never looked longer than seven minutes before finding somewhere perfectly lovely to eat.

We ventured into Trattoria Soverini on the right of Via Oberdan, a stone’s throw away from Piazza Maggiore in the historical centre.

Essentially the dining equivalent of a buxom hug

Trattoria Soverini, Bologna, Italy - Spring

Unpretentious, family-run and essentially the dining equivalent of a buxom hug. Plus the menu below states clearly that all Pasta is freshly handmade in house. I wouldn’t go for anything less and advise you don’t either!

Menu, Trattoria Soverini, Bologna, Italy - Spring

Trattoria Soverini does not do ‘Spaghetti Bolognese’ – in fact, nowhere does as it technically isn’t a thing. It’s more authentic equivalent is ‘Tagliettelle Al Ragu’ which we had washed down with local wine. Did you know the Emilia-Romagna region produces 15% of all Italian wines? We had the Sangiovese, ruby red in colour with ‘velvet nuances, a dry harmonic taste, excellent with red meat.’

Tagliatelle al ragu, Trattoria Soverini, Bologna, Italy - Spring

A sprinkling of Parmigiano-Reggiano never goes amiss. Parmigiano is actually the Italian adjective for Parma and Reggiano is the adjective for Reggio Emilia, another local town in this region.


We ordered a side of freshly grilled melanzane (aubergine) and zucchini (courgettes,) squidgy after being grilled in extra-virgin olive oil. Sumptuous.


Not too pricy, the decor nothing outrageous, Trattoria Soverini is a humble treat of a place. The portions generous, the service friendly and quick.

We knew we wanted a fresh gelato for dessert later on in the afternoon, (standard) so we passed on the homemade Millefoglie and Tiramisu and headed back out onto the cobbles. Not before being offered a sorso of limoncello on the house though!

Trattoria Soverini can be found in Via Guglielmo Oberdan 13/A, 40126 Bologna, Italy or call: +39 051 224418.

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