LET’S EAT. Published on 28 September 2016
When it comes to eating out, in Forlì you’re spoilt for choice: from macrobiotic restaurants to traditional trattorie from Romagna, from vegan places to burger restaurants. The city is vibrant, and over the past few years several new bars and restaurants have opened in and around the city centre. Our top 3 list includes two well-known restaurants and a promising bistrot that only opened a few months ago. But let’s start from the beginning. If you want to try one of the best pizzas in Forlì, head straight to Brasserie: you won’t be disappointed.
Opened in 1997, in 2006 Brasserie relocated to the basement of a 16th-century historic building in the city centre. When you set foot in its well-lit and welcoming rooms (where, by the way, phone signal is very weak), you won’t fail to appreciate its rustic atmosphere and attention to detail.
The menu offers a selection of specialties from the Romagna area as well as tasteful meat dishes, but it’s the pizza menu that makes the difference. Again, you will be spoilt for choice, both when you have to choose the pizza and when it comes to combining it with the perfect beer match. The beer menu is very rich, and it includes both craft and bottled options.
To honour the region we ordered one pizza Parmigiana and one pizza Romagnola. The former is topped with buffalo mozzarella and grilled aubergines, while the latter combines squacquerone (a creamy cheese typical of the region) with rocket. As for the beer, we chose a classic Erdinger.
In the end we also ordered dessert. We opted for the ricotta cake with chocolate cream. In the colder months of the year you can also order Birramisù, tiramisù made with beer-flavoured zabaglione cream, and served in a small tankard. You think you can resist that? Prove it!
It’s time to move to another area of the city. Our next stop is located in Corso della Repubblica, in the heart of the city centre. We’re off to Brirò, which is much more than just a long-running bar and cafeteria: it’s a safe bet.
A brief introduction about Brirò is essential. The place in itself was opened as a bar-cafeteria. It’s open all day, and it’s the ideal place to have lunch: it’s super convenient, easily reachable from wherever you are, and all its dishes are delicious, if not super delicious.
In the last few years, though, Brirò really has won everyone over with its Apericena (a combination of ‘aperitivo’ and ‘cena’). Apericena are organised every other Thursday, when the place is open beyond its regular working hours, and it gets very crowded. Unlike the standard aperitivo, Brirò’s Apericena is a complete meal, able to accommodate even the pickiest of eaters. After you’ve ordered your drink of choice, you will have the opportunity to try the broadest range of dishes, all of them strictly homemade: pasta salads, different types of risotto, appetizers, gnocco fritto (a type of fried bread typical of the region), croutons, frittata, arancini (meat-and-tomato stuffed rice balls coated with bread crumbs, and then deep fried), and the yummiest bruschetta.
You simply cannot get enough of it. With very few exceptions, the menu changes all the time, and on special occasions like Halloween, Christmas or Carnival the Apericena is themed. What makes Brirò so special, apart from the strong points mentioned above, are its owners, who are extremely nice and friendly, and make you feel like you’re part of the family even when you go there for the first time.
Amongst the recent openings in the city, our recommendation is Le Fofò, which last January brought Neapolitan cuisine to the very heart of Romagna. You can either eat there or order takeaway. Alongside the celebrated Neapolitan pizza, the menu includes a selection of starters (fried and non-fried), first courses and desserts, so be prepared to ask the waiter for a few extra minutes to figure out what you want to order. We had stuffed courgette flowers and aubergine balls.
The restaurant is very well located, just off Saffi Square. In the summer months you can sit at one of the tables outside, where you will be surrounded by the cobblestones and historic buildings of Corso Diaz. The interiors are bright, and they remind of a seaside resort, what with the light blue furniture and the colourful mural paintings.
The staff are super friendly: as you wait for takeaway, they will offer a taste of prosecco and a slice of pizza fresh out of the over, to which you won’t be able to say no.
That you’re at least a bit hungry by now we take it for granted. If that’s the case, no fear: the three Forlì restaurants we’ve presented in this article will make you replete, and hopefully they will also keep your spirits high between one Romagna visit and the next. After all, in Forlì the notion of traditional cuisine is always taken very seriously. See for yourself!
Corso della Repubblica 160
Tel. 0543 31343
Kitchen hours: Mon-Sat 12-14.30 | 18.30-20.30
Cafeteria hours: 6-21
Corso Diaz 30/32
Hours: Tue-Sun 12-15 | 18.30-23
Links, contacts and opening hours last updated on 26 August 2018