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Ristorante La Torinese 1888 - Al Voltone

#98 of 1,390 Restaurants in Bologna
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Piazza Re Enzo 1/C | Voltone del Podesta, 40125 Bologna, Italy
+39 051 236743
12:00 - 23:00
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Friendly staff and food was okay, but there are better places to eat in this fantastic friendly City....... Coffee was the worst I had in the whole of our stay.

Thank Philip S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 2017

I was lucky to have lunch at this restaurant on Epiphany as it was very busy due to the holiday! I was glad I did too. The service was great with very friendly and accommodating waiters. There is a great choice of foods from platters of meats to pasta. As mortadella hails from Bologna it was nice to get a... More 

1 Thank Anne S
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

It is a good place to eat and the plates are very good. A lot of choice with specialitate from Bologne. The waiter is sympatic.

Thank Quentin N
London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016 via mobile

We visited here twice. The first on a Friday evening when we stayed for just a few glasses of wine. Lovely service with English speaking waiter. Nice touch was the chunks of mortadella with your drinks. The following evening we visited for dinner. I had the pumpkin pie (which is more of a set mousse) in Parmesan cream with pancetta.... More 

Thank smacel
London, United Kingdom
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

The location of this little restaurant is conveniently based near the bell tower. Despite how busy they were staff were very much on top of things. I had the beautiful pumpkin soup and pomegranate for starters, highly recommended. They do some pretty notorious ice-cream so it's a must try when visiting. All in all a lovely meal...

Thank eoinzy10
Reading, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016

This little place mostly has outside seating but has food and good coffee. It also has Ice cream and breakfast. Worth a stop to rest your feet to watch the Italians walk by.

Thank Liz R
Calgary, Canada
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147 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

First of a ll a message to Trip Advisor....the question you ask "is this the best meal you have ever had" is a stupid question and completely unanswerable. My wife and I travel for 4 or 5 weeks at a time. Since we are on the road for a relatively long time we are careful with money, especially careful in... More 

2 Thank skierCalgary
Richmond, Brirtish Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Visiting Plaza Maggiore had our lunch at this small family owned restaurant. The best Italian lunch I have. Cured meats & cheese as starter, freshly baked Italian bread, the best lasagna paired with their own local wine for main course, Italian espresso coffee and of course the not to miss Italian gelato. Oolala. I loved the wine so much that... More 

Thank SunC
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016

What a great location for this restaurant. Good selection of craft beers. I had Lasagna which was perfect.

Thank Andy66lee
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

Loved the good and service so much we came back the next night. Had the ravioli w marscapone and prosciutto. Delicious. We're leaving in the morning or we'd be back again.

Thank Noelle D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$16 - US$32
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Piazza Re Enzo 1/C | Voltone del Podesta, 40125 Bologna, Italy
  • Location: Europe  >  Italy  >  Emilia-Romagna  >  Province of Bologna  >  Bologna>  > Santo Stefano
  • Neighbourhood: Santo Stefano
  • Phone Number: +39 051 236743
"Al Voltone" better known as "La Torinese" is a traditional Bolognese cuisine, and the attention and care in choosing the product led the restaurant to a collaboration with several leading professional associations in the food industry that were developing a project aimed at enhancing the production and culinary traditions of the Bologna area. Most of the dishes served in the restaurant are made using raw materials produced and processed in the province of Bologna. The wines offered represent the best local produce. This philosophy tends to characterize "Al voltone" as the first restaurant in the city of Bologna that serves food with materials only from "Emilia Romagna" province. Between the specialties: Tagliatelle: According to legend, noodles were invented in 1487 by the Bolognese master Zefirano, Giovanni II Bentivoglio's personal chef. Because of the marriage of Lucrezia Borgia (she went on a journey from Bologna to Ferrara, to marry the Duke of Ferrara, Alfonso I 'Este) Zefirano prepare the pasta which was inspired by her blond hair. Tortellini: there are different legends on the origin of this dish. One of these gives rise to this dish in Castelfranco Emilia by the owner of the "Dogana" inn. He was struck by the beauty of the navel of one of his guests in the inn, a very beautiful lady, when he was looking through the inn room keyhole. Later he decides to create this beauty of the navel in a dish. Specialty: Tagliatelle: egg noodles typical of Bologna. The name derives from the verb to cut. The typical dressing to combine with this type of Bolognese pasta is the sauce, but it can be used with different toppings such as prosciutto, tomato sauce, mushrooms, truffles, seafood, peas and more. Tortellini: is stuffed pasta, native of Bologna. according to the Bolognese tradition, must be cooked and eaten with a good capon or chicken broth. Another possible recipe, though non-traditional, is to cook the Tortellini in water and top it with whipped cream. According to the purist, this impoverishment causes the Tortellini to loses the actual flaver of its filling. Also It is not difficult to find other preparations and variations such as Tortellini with ragout meat sauce.

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