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caminetto d'oro, Bologna - am I missing something?

kate | Feb 4, 200505:08 PM

Finally went to caminetto d'oro tonight, with my sister. Charming waitstaff - attentive but gave us our space.

We only made it through antipasti and primi; she had a salad of artichokes, pecorino and greens, followed by their tagliatelle al ragu. I had what I can only describe as steak tartare ('manzo battuto' or something like that?), with aged parmigiano shavings, followed by tortellini in brodo.

It was all good, but none of it was FABULOUS. Perhaps my expectations were too high, but it is touted as THE place to eat in La Grossa by many people on this board.

I've enjoyed myself more at my neighbourhood restaurant (La Brace), which admittedly does not focus solely on Bolognese food. I went to caminetto knowing it was simple, local food done well, not expecting cunning twists on old classics, or very fancy preparations. Perhaps this type of cooking is the type which cannot be considered absolutely mindblowing? I don't want to think so, and thereby give up on my search for the best food in town. Any thoughts or suggestions? Am I expecting too much?

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