The history began in 1941... Irma Boni (born 1914 in Castelvetro, Modena), married Guido Ramini (born 1935, see picture) and found herself aged 27 a war widow with two small children: Antonio, 1yrs and 1/2, and Agnese, 4 months. After the death of the father and the uncle, a producer of local wines, especially Lambrusco and Trebbiano, she started working there; few years later she moved to Bologna, were, from 1950, runs a delicatessen in via Saragozza 71, just opposite the trattoria that she would later run. The family was living in via Saragozza 101, and run the delicatessen with her mother and her grandmother Agnese: the traditional tortellini, as well as Russian salad" (a specialty salad) and cold dishes were all hand made by all the members of the Boni family, the wines from the Castelvetro area..
In 1956 the Boni change activities, beginning to manage a dairy in Porrettana St., in the area of the cableway that connected Bologna at the Sanctuary of San Luca, is hard work: the 6 of every morning must be present in the store to get the milk then delivered in heavy cans of aluminium, which is sold in bulk to customers. And this all Sunday, since the milk is considered a food of primary need and there were certainly the methods of current conservation.
The running of the dairy shop lasted until 1961, when the then 22 years old son Antonio, that was also working for a food business, learnt that the owner of the Trattoria Atti in via Saragozza 88 was thinking of closing his shop: the Boni family decided then to take over the trattoria, and was then brought by Irma Boni (she still remembers all the bank drafts she had to pay for it!).Ê The kitchen was staffed by Irma, Alice Atti (the previous owner's wife), the cook Iole Righi and the daughter Agnese, (Agnese at this time got married Norio Serafini, a cheese salesman). Waiters was Antonio, Fernanda Console (later to become his wife) and, at the till, the son in law Norio plus other employees.
It was a traditional and cheap bolognese trattoria , popular with labourers, office workers, university teachers and students from the near Industrial Chemistry and Engineering University of Bologna. The customers have contributed to make this little restaurant world-famous.
The first set-menu in 1961 was Lit. 300.
Probably in the same site, an Osteria existed in 1800, where travellers from the countryside arriving on coach at Porta Saragozza (at the time a station for public and private transport) would stop at the osteria for relaxing and eating. From 1972 Irma Boni has thinned our her visit to the trattoria, handling over the running to her children Antonio and Agnese, assisted by her in-laws Norio and Fernanda, by that time graduated cooks from professional college.
As a recap, and a curious analogy of coming and going:
* First delicatessen shop in via Saragozza 71, 1950-1955.
* Second venture: dairy shop in via Porrettana 147 (now via Don Luigi Sturzo)
* Third venture: return to via Saragozza, this time at number 88, with the purchase of the permit and the listing that became famous of Trattoria Boni 1961-1999
* Fourth venture: return to the Funivia area with the purchase of the new building in via Don Luigi Sturzo 22 (previously via Porrettana) 1999
Encouraged by our parents, Antonio, Norio, Fernanda, Agnese and by the sharp commercial acumen of Grandmother Irma (who suddenly died recently) Guido, Emanuela, Letizia and Ugo are continuing the family tradition by the buying and refurbishment of the building in Via Don Luigi Sturzo 22, with same the commitment and professionalism of the founder Grandmother Irma.
The menu has not been changed, and the prices are still moderate but the new building got to our head and we got excited !!!
In fact, so used to the small and dark premises both from lunch and dinner, you'll now find lots of natural light and finally more space.
Externally you’ll find a private parking space for 10 cars, 5 at the front and 5 at the back near the garden.
There is also a designated area, a small but pleasant private room, for up to 10 people, where you can enjoy our dishes in privacy.
During the summer months, we can accommodate our customers in the Summer Veranda, where, during the hot summer evenings, you can chill out beneath the San Luca Hill.
The innovations? Tigelle and crescentine, accompanied by salami, cheese, pickles, pesto and a delicious bottle of Lambrusco every dinner. The traditional balsamic vinegar is of course always available and as innovation you can try this delicious product as well as the aforementioned dished, even on pineapple, ice cream and on backed pears served hot with ice cream . The wine list is still small but careful selected. Ok, I think we said almost all, so we can just wait for you to pay us a visit in our new premises for a hot WELCOME!!!
The guidance of the cuisine is still Bolognese, with fresh pasta all produced handcrafted in Trattoria: go now therefore tagliatelle pasta with meat sauce, Tortellini broth, Pappardelle with mushrooms, Tortelloni with ricotta chese, lasagne, spaghetti to the guitar and maccheroni.
Nei secondi piatti oltre a specialità varie all'aceto balsamico tradizionale, si possono degustare bolliti misti con salse tipiche, cotoletta alla bolognese, pollo al lambrusco, arrosti misti e carni alla brace, deliziosi piatti ai funghi porcini, cacciagione con polenta.
In the second dishes in addition to various specialties to traditional balsamic vinegar, you can taste boiled meats with typical sauces, cutlet Bolognese, chicken in the Lambrusco, roasted mixed and grilled meats, delicious porcini mushrooms, hunting meet with polenta in the winter season.
All accompanied with excellent Lambrusco di Castelvetro, Sangiovese di Predappio, Pignoletto and Albana of bolognesi hills.
Today in the staff there are Guido (son of Norio and Agnese), Emanuela (daughter of Antonio and Fernanda), helped by a very qualified personnel; don't forget Agnese and Fernanda, our little good pastriers.
In the trattoria-room Ugo (son of Antonio and Fernanda) and Letizia (daughter of Norio and Agnese) with an excellent staff are going to help you to spend a nice evening.
Antonio and Norio? Indefatigable "house masters" that, during the day, by their contribute, enrich and support our experience.
In 2011, a very important birthday for all the family Boni; 50 Years in Business, history and tradition in the cuisine of Emilia.
In a local renovated, made more warm and rustic; we celebrated the anniversary with friends and clients; with an appetizing refreshments specialties typical of the area with as many good luck toast of fruitful business continuity in the aforementioned culinary arts.
WE EXPECT YOU
Ugo, Guido, Letizia, Emanuela and all the staff