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Bologna -- enotecas, bars, and casual, less expensive dining options

foodfirst | Oct 29, 200209:23 PM

Inspired partially by posts on this board, we've just added 3 days in Bologna onto the end of a Piemonte trip. The one planned dinner is Bitone -- I will reserve well ahead.
I have scoured posts so no one should trouble themselves to repeat previous recommendations. We're particularly looking for good places to buy and taste wine (I did jot down recommended enotecas), nice bars in which to partake of pre- and perhaps post-dinner cocktails, and simple (but tasty), casual friendly places we could maybe wander into without reservations. Or even enotecas that offer enough tasty tidbits to make a light meal, for when the stomach says "no" to more.
Wouldn't mind a hotel recommendation or two (3 or 4 stars, good location, needn't be luxurious but something with a little character) either!
Tamburini looks like the place to head for specialty foods ... is it the sort of place that might make up a take-away "dinner" for us to take on long journey home? If not -- where?
Driving in from Alba --- any place in particular we should consider stopping for lunch? Dal Pescatore is too close to Bologna, need something more towards Piemonte.

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