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“A great smal and traditionla Tratoria”
Review of Trattoria Leonida

Trattoria Leonida
Ranked #443 of 2 066 Restaurants in Bologna
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Good for: Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 28 June 2018

This is a hidden gem in Bologna. Went there with locals, Great traditional Italian, food, very well prepared, a place to eat Italian style. At least two dishes, no hurry and no time to leave the table.

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Reviewed 24 June 2018 via mobile

We liked the place, the food, the staff... Found it by chance because it's not on one of the busy roads of the old town that are filled with lots of people eating, drinking and chatting loudly. The food was excellent. The only drawback is the Italian common practice charging extra "cover" amount per person. Here this charge was even higher than in other places. One fourth of the price wet for the cover and the water that we even didn't order.

I liked the mushroom thing with small meatballs. Can't remember how they called it but fortunately I have a photo.

1  Thank Malek Q
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Reviewed 19 June 2018 via mobile

A lovely restaurant with great italian food, good wines and friendly personnel. Lasagna is amazing but you can try also different kind of pasta. The desert was also amazing. Yoy have to try this place if you are visiting Bologna!

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Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

This was acceptable although I thought it was just an average restaurant The service was ok but food unexceptional There are other places for same price which offer better value for money. Meal was reasonable in taste and quantity. Very cramped outside had to move table to get into seat.

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Reviewed 5 June 2018

I am not one to make reviews in general, but I felt so bad after leaving this place, that I just felt compelled to explain what happened. After having spent a couple of amazing days in Bologna, I end up in this Trattoria looking for another nice traditional "bolognese" meal with great expectations (pics and most reviews from the place looked good). It's 12:30 on a Tuesday, so the restaurant is almost empty (3 tables out of maybe 20-30?). I ask for a table for lunch and they say: "You alone?" That shouldn't be a bad start if it weren't because the waiter intends to give me the table right in front of the kitchen door (I repeat, the restaurant is almost empty). When I ask if it's possible to have a table outside, the waiter resists looking at me like "I don't think so", but the owner (or at least, he looked like it) makes some "mild sexist funny comment", tells me he is joking and asks the waiter to sit me outside (thank you, but still... doesn't feel good). Then, I get seated next to the only other table occupied in the terrace. The Italian ladies next to me comment on the fact that I'm having lunch alone which is extremely rude since they've heard me speak Italian to the waiter (true, this is not the restaurant's fault, but still felt really bad). My tagliatelle a le funghi porcini were OK. I had planned to order a second dish or dessert but I really want to leave the place (all waiters passing by look at me with that pitty face), so I ask for the bill, which I'm told I have to pay on the counter (the restaurant is still almost empty). The best comes when they charge me 2 "coperto" (3 euros each). I almost decide not to say a word because this "poor woman eating alone" works as a researcher in mathematics in Sweden and could pay for the "coperto" of the entire restaurant on a Saturday night, but still, it's unfair, so I just ask them about it. The guy that has prepared the bill feels embarassed, substracts 3 euro from my bill and says: "I'm sorry, it's just that it's always 2 coperto, I'm so used to it...". So, "signori", times have changed already, and it would be really nice if these things just don't happen anymore. More than offended (though what happened IS offensive), I felt really sad... Hopefully, "la direzione" will take good note of this, rather than answering in an offensive way to this well intended review (which is what they usually do with bad reviews, as you can observe in this same site). On a side note, I will just say that my husband was also in Bologna with me at that time attending a conference, and I was planning to book a table at the Trattoria that night for the two of us. Too bad I don't think we'll go there in the end...

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TrattoriaLeonida, Direttore at Trattoria Leonida, responded to this reviewResponded 16 June 2018
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Gentilissima signora,
ecco "la direzione" che non ha nessuna intenzione di offendere perché capiamo il suo caso. Non siamo psicologi né psicoterapeuti ma dal bellissimo racconto che lei espone vediamo una sindrome della cenerentola o della piccola fiammiferaia. È normale che quando una persona entri nel locale, noi chiediamo se sta aspettando altri commensali o se è da solo. Il fatto che il locale possa essere più o meno pieno, non vuol dire che non ci possano essere dei tavoli prenotati a delle ore più tardi (essendo lei venuta a mangiare alle ore 12.30 e la cucina chiude alle 14.45).
Il commento "sessista" come lei lo definisce era esattamente "se preferisce stare fuori cerchiamo sempre di fare di tutto per accontentare la volontà di una signora". Il fatto che lei abbia visto anche negli occhi dei clienti, della coppia di signori che le stavano di fianco, uno sguardo di pietà o di compassione vuol dire, come direbbe il mio psicologo, che è quello che lei vede di se stessa.
Però, gentilissima signora, noi facciamo buona cucina tradizionale, come lei ha asserito nella sua recensione e di tutto il resto non è di nostra competenza.

Cordiali saluti,
la direzione

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