Bologna Grassilli Ristorante
About Grassilli Ristorante
Grassilli Ristorante located on Via Dal Duzzo, was founded in 1944 by Francesco Grassilli who then passed it on to his son. In April 1996 it was taken over by Jacques Durussel who is also the head chef. In the past, Jacques was fortunate enough to have cooked for Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, and in fact, this letter on the wall stands in testimony to this period when he worked on their yacht.
As a further sign of Jacques’ strong work ethic and high quality food served here the restaurant was awarded Bologna’s ‘Mercurio d’Oro’ prize in 2003 for having an outstanding business.
Low lighting presents a comfortable and cosy setting inside or for those preferring more space and the choice to smoke there’s always the outside tables.
The menu consists of traditional Bolognese dishes such as pasta, tortellini, tagliatelle, tortelloni and many more besides. However, Jacques brings with him a rich French style which he incorporates into the Italian cuisine and all washed down with the best wines from this region of Emilia Romagna.
A particular theme of this restaurant are the many old and black and white photos hanging on the walls.
The late Luciano Pavarotti is seen here. Many are also personally signed. This one shows Placido Domingo with Grassilli, while the acclaimed musician Arturo Toscanini is pictured in this next one.
Francesco Grassilli was an opera singer and food aficionado. Therefore this place became frequented by opera & theatre artists with said photos on display a testament to this mixture of culture and gastronomy.
Finally, a young looking Grassilli is pictured in this one.