Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Bologna: The Bar & Salumeria Scene at Via Pescherie Vecchie in Quadrilatero

My first encounter with the bar scene in Bologna was at the Quadrilatero area just behind Piazza Maggiore.

While the "aperitivo" culture in northern Italy kicks-off (usually at 17:00 hours), this area in Bologna starts to get busy as well. Around 20:00 the Via Pescherie Vecchie becomes completely crowded with locals and visitors. You would be in for a lucky strike if you can spot a free table here which is why many people prefer to stand whilst drinking and eating on the streets. Perhaps one of the most highly "social" places in the city.

The difference with these bars here is that they are actually salumerias (butcher and cured meat shops) that have opened their doors for informal dining. Informal terrace dining on the street so to speak. There are no so-called "aperitivos" with bites that come along with your drinks here though. You can of course have your own aperitivo but you will have to buy the alcholic drink on its own and order separately the bites, such as a plate of salami and cheese of choice.

As you may have guessed it, this is my happy place, so you can imagine that I went totally gaga here =)

However, I cannot really recommend a specific salumeria because I think all of them are on the same league. I will blog separately my experience at one of the salumerias separatetly. Honestly, just pick any of the salumerias available with a table and you are all set. On the side streets you can also find osterias and the food market, Mercato di Mezzo.

Definitely a place to hit for pre dinner drinks and bites. Just make sure to leave some space for dinner later. If you are a foodie, then this is a MUST place!

Where is it on the map?

From Piazza Maggiore enter the arched small street, Via Pescherie Vecchie, the main artery of the salumeria bars. It is not difficult to find this street as it will be very busy and therefore catchy.

See picture below of the street.

I love the food vibe here. Terrace dining, street-style and informal. Your pre-dinner fix: Aperitif drinks + salumi + formaggi.

This is a very small alley and it can get very busy here in the early evening when the tables are out. During the day the street/area is a farmer's market.

One of the salumeria shops. I am in hog heaven, haha. You cannot go wrong whichever salumeria you will choose from here.

The side street where the famous Osteria del Sole is located. 

Quadrilatero area in the evening.

The food market, Mercato di Mezzo is located at the end of the Via Pescherie Vecchie.

Travel Period: May 2016
Destination: Bologna (Emilia-Romagna), Italy

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