mao (76) , Italy | March 14, 2012| Updated February 11, 2013
Non capisco cosa ci sia di divertente nel bere in una libreria incasinata o al contrario scegliere un libro tra la gente che mangia. Preferisco chi si impegna nel rendere eccellente una singola attività.
Big fancy and upscale Italian shop, a copycat of its US version. Books at every level with an emphasis on food, mostly from smaller productions.
Beer wise is not the best option in Bologna. Tap beers only Germans with a Moretti. Place shine in its prices for Baladin which is not too hard to understand when we know how close the owners are to Baladin. At the time of writing this review, Open Baladin is actually supposed to open a location near Eataly. Prices for Baladin range in the 8€ which is almost 75% cheaper than anywhere else in Bologna.
Other Italian beers include most of the big players like DelBorgo but no emphasis at all on promoting small craft beer production. Other beers include typical Belgians, some Americans and UK beers.
All in all, this place has all the flair of big money but without the soul of a small pub or shop which are aplenty in Bologna. That beind said, not sure why it warrants a stop. About the only reason I could think of would be to buy Baladin.
Had a nice lunch with ham and cheese.
A Del Borgo beer to accompany.
Not a lot of taps but the bottle selection is very nice. Mostly Del Borgo but also other Italien and Belgian brews. Prices a bit high but still OK compared to imported stuff in DK.
Inside a bookshop (at the top floor). Smooth efficient service from the staff, although all the diners will hinder service and even entrance at times - you must have a seat to be served. Good selection of quality beers including a nice selection of Italians. Quite pricey though as you are slap bang in the tourist area. Overall a good place to visit and has an interesting range of 75CL bottles.
For those that thought this was ’pricey’ you clearly never drink in London or Scandiniavia! The beer selection was remarkable for Italy with an extremely impressive range of Italian craft beers as well as a good few from the US and Europe. The food was very local and impressive. Clientelle all Italian on my visit so that says something. Even though it was enormously busy at Saturday lunchtime, the staff were extremely efficient and polite and got us seated remarkably quickly - exceptional.
Certainly one of the top beer sites in Bologna. There was a fair selection of kegged beers. It would have been better but the two rotating taps used for Italian micros were both off during my visit. I had a Forst beer on tap, although the bartender may have messed up my order. There is also a very solid bottle range, for consuming there or taking away. Great food (though not cheap) and also a nice range of wine. This beer/wine cafe is on the third floor of this place, so just head up the escalators when you enter on the ground floor. Also, you will have to pay for any bottles you want to take away on the ground floor (even though they are all arranged on the third floor...). Overall certainly worth visiting at least once.