Penne Cole's thoughts on food, travel and more
Bologna, Italy, is a student town, so cheap eats are abundant. But there’s something special about Osteria dell’Orsa. A peek into its windows reveal long wooden tables crammed with people. The atmosphere is lively, with the buzz of a dozen different conversations filling the air. The menu is simple and entirely in Italian – always a good sign.
We enter and are immediately waved downstairs, where we find a cavernous dining hall that’s packed to the rafters. Our waiter directs us to share a table with two other people who look like students. In fact, most of the patrons appear to be students – an unsurprising fact given the prices on the menu (pastas start from around 7 Euros) and the location of the restaurant in the university district.
A waiter quickly appears to take our order. We settle for two plates of pasta and a dessert to share.
My tortellini arrives, unadorned on a simple white plate. One taste and I understand the appeal of Osteria dell’Orsa – this is Italian home cooking at its best. The pasta is perfectly cooked to al dente and tastes delicious. Our dessert, though, is nothing special and I wish I had saved my stomach for a street-side gelato instead.
If you’re looking for good, local, cheap eats in Bologna, look no further than the bear of Osteria dell’Orsa. After all, students vote with both their stomachs and their wallets, and you can’t go wrong in a place where a line often snakes out the door.
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