Review Score: 74 / 100.
After a fantastic lunch at All’Osteria Bottega, I fear that it will only be downhill from here on out. Though we were still reeling from the previous meal and not particularly famished, our next meal at Trattoria Battibecco did not disappoint. The restaurant was definitely a tad more proper than our previous outing, but was not utterly stuffy and good enough to go about in a smart casual attire.
We started out with an Amuse of fresh ricotta cheese, roasted tomato and a Basil sauce of sorts. The ricotta was really fresh and creamy, and the roasted tomato had an incredible, penetrating sweetness and was a lovely combination with the ricotta.
For the Primi piatti, I had risotto with fresh burrata cheese and green asparagus. Now, I must clarify that I was quite full and satisfied from our earlier, magnificent lunch. That said, after my first bite of the risotto, I felt that my appetite was stimulated once again and couldn’t stop eating it! The risotto appeared to had been cooked with chicken stock, and was just immensely flavourful. This coupled with the fresh and stringy Burrata cheese, as well as the perfectly cooked asparagus which imparted a greenness to the dish. Truly the best risotto that I’ve ever had thus far.
For my secondi piatti, I had an oven roasted suckling pig with red onion compote and roasted potatoes. Quite a flavourful dish and nicely paired with the sweetness from the onion compote, but the suckling pig could have been more tender.
We concluded the meal with a lovely chocolate fondant (or lava cake) with an olive oil ice cream. The ice cream was truly redolent of olive oil, and was nicely paired with the richness from the fondant. My dining partner had a strawberry sorbet, which was seasonal and refreshing.
Definitely a good way to conclude the night before submitting ourselves to jet lag. Service was decent, and food was definitely quite enjoyable, particularly the utterly magnificent risotto, as well as the very well made chocolate fondant. This place is worthy of a gander for those who find themselves in Bologna, and want a nice proper dinner which doesn’t require you to wear a coat.
Location: via Battibecco 4, 40123 Bologna, Italy. +39 051 223298. Website.