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“Like the best secret or treasure, very well hidden!”

Osteria Santa Caterina
Ranked #233 of 2,089 Restaurants in Bologna
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed October 25, 2017

Ah Bologna!

Among the places in this world that ignite romance, Bologna must be in the top tier.

This is a place where centuries, no, millennia of humankind, has been striving to improve life. You must visit yourself and let Bologna seep into you...utterly, to your bones.

Now, to keep mind and bones together you'll require sustenance. Fortunately you are in the culinary treasure trove that is Emilia Romagna and Bologna is its capital!

So, like the best treasure, getting the finest takes some searching and its not where all the dazzling trinkets are hanging.

Osteria Santa Catarina is hidden away in a quiet street, 15 minutes winding walk from the Centro Storico of Bologna.

The only restaurant in the street, so you can't miss it.

The room is long and narrow, you squeeze by the reception, till, espresso machine and bar as you enter. It's not a big restaurant, so book, or prepare to be disappointed.

We were warmly greeted and shown to our table, smartly folded white napkins and rustic brown wood furniture.

The place was already moderately busy, on a delightfully balmy Wednesday night (7:30) in October.

Orders for drinks and the food were taken promptly, our waitress knowledgeable, helpful (everyone spoke excellent English) and charismatic.

Primi piatti (first course to you) arrived within short minutes. She had soufflé of pumpkin, she said was good. I tried it....SENSATIONAL!

Now....some depressing news. I ordered lasagna Bolognese as my starter. I have been making this dish for 40 years, but what I ate this night at Osteria Santa Catarina, makes me feel humbled, even now, at how such culinary skill or perhaps it's those centuries of making life better, has yielded this sublime yet simple creation.

Enough of this almost indigestible hyperbole and superlative indulgence.

Second course was veal and veg. Simple, rustic, delicious and again done with a skill that bought out superb tastes.

Dinner for 2 plus wine = €50 Fantastic

What a find. Go!

Date of visit: October 2017
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Reviewed October 18, 2017 via mobile

A small place with a nice atmosphere and excellent service. We had the impressive “portal” starter, which could be a full meal by itself. But crude ham, salami and products like that is a must in this area. Tonnato was our main dish with vegetable side dishes and a chocolate mascarpone desert. The waiter recommended an excellent sangiovese red wine and service was quick and friendly. Low risk choice for a cozy evening meal.

Date of visit: October 2017
Thank Lars H
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Reviewed September 18, 2017

This local Osteria was recommended by our bed & breakfast proprietor. Santan intimate atmosphere Caterina is a warren of small rooms providing an intimate atmosphere and an excellent menu. The wine selection was also good. We can heartily recommend this place and would love to visit again at some time in the future.

Date of visit: October 2016
Thank smtr550
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Reviewed September 8, 2017

This is a very quaint restaurant however, it is very expensive for what is very basic Italian cuisine. Service was good but I've had better food and value from a basic trattoria. Worth a visit if you don't mind paying a premium price for what is traditional Italian fayre!

Date of visit: December 2016
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Thank Kay B
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Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

I had better dinners in Italy. suggest to work on variety and offering.

the yard is nice and welcoming. staff is nice.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank tfu555
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