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Emilia Romagna recommendations - especially eastern ER

weezy1074 | Jun 6, 201504:37 PM

Chowhounds -

I need some recommendations...I will be in Emilia Romagna for about 10 nights at the end of June-early July. We are splitting our stay between 2 locations, just outside of Bologna (June 29-July 5) and in Forli provence (Galeata) for the last 4 nights. We will have a car, and don't mind a drive (1 hr ideal, 2 hr ok) and will have 2 children (4 and 7) with us.

I have found much information on the area around Bologna, but not much in the eastern part of Emilia Romagna. Any suggestions near Ravenna/Ferrara. Zanzara seems to be the only recommendation in that area - it sounds lovely, but we don't want to dine in too many high end/expensive restaurants.
We want to eat well, as well as relax. I am thinking the more relaxing time will be when we are in Galeata, and Bologna will be busier.
We know you don't need to spend a fortune to eat well, want basic/honest/food with the locals. Any suggestions for a Sunday afternoon locals type dinner near Forli?

From our Bologna base - we will tour/visit parmaggiano, balsamic production and culatello producers. (thanks to Ziggys blog!)
Modena - lunch booked at Hosteria Giusti already, contemplating Francesca 58.(yes/no?)
Bologna - likely try Trattoria di via Serra - though we won't be in town for their Sunday afternoon dinner.
Castelvetro di Modena ?

If we chose only one or possibly 2 higher end restaurants - what would you suggest?
Beyond that- any suggestions of cheap/cheerful places and things to do near Forli (Galeata). In Ravenna we'll definitely visit the mosaics/cathedral, aside from that, no other itinerary yet.
Some of my absolute favorite meal memories are from agriturismos - simple cooking that is just pure - looking for this sort of sublime food, shared with locals.

Thanks for your suggestions and guidance!

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