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The true story of the legendary trolley and its construction

During World War II Bruno Fanciullacci, father of Ferruccio, contacted Texts, a bicycle manufacturer, Bruno was the model designer, while Text made him assembled for this purpose the tubular bikes. And it was right on his shelves that the delicious boiled meat was kept.

Today, this work of great ingenuity and rarity, is preserved with respect as a symbol of a place that has livened up the city of Bologna over the years.

In short, behind a simple but aristocratic boiled dish, a story that is part of a hidden culture is hidden, as the same Katia, Ferruccio, Davide and Riccardo, members of the Fanciullacci family say. The Donatello Restaurant's flagship is basically the its history.

Centenary of catering in Bologna

The Donatello Restaurant is a long, long journey of exceptional events and encounters, started in 1903 when Donatello, originally from Prato, founded the restaurant in the "fat" Bologna of the beginning of the century.
Donatella and Elvira started the adventure in the historic center, then Republican Street 8, in the city where they arrived in the company of their three male sons, Otello, Bruno and Ferruccio: this became the center of their life.

The Fanciullacci family has traveled through the history of the twentieth century, with adventures and challenges that have crossed Italy, Europe and South America: the venue is always a stop on the adventurous trail of the Fanciullacci and is immediately affirmed as one the most glorious and longevity of the city.
Even during the war, the cafeteria ceases its activity, under the high frescoed ceilings. And in the restaurant, each and every one of them showed its true indole, and the big stars revealed the most friendly and genuine sides of their characters: from Joséphine Baker to Federico Fellini, passing through Gianni Malipiero, who returned the hospitality giving to the little Ferruccio (the current owner, son of Bruno) a guitar. And among sportsmen Fausto Coppi and Gino Bartali.

The history of the restaurant inseparably connects the family of Fanciullacci to history, flowing out and inside the walls of the restaurant, combining the exquisite gastronomic with the human and the historical. In over a hundred years of uninterrupted activity, at the Donatello restaurant in Bologna they have worked with excitement of food lovers who have met the fans' best appetite, allowing day by day to reach the end of a century.
At the tables of the restaurant were seated characters who made the history of the city of Bologna and Italy: poets, professors, politicians, artists and sportsmen.


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Artists who ate from us

The Donatello Restaurant since 1903 delights the most demanding palates, offering its delicacies to many personalities of the show and beyond. They have eaten by us many artists and characters:

Claudio Abbado, Roberto Abbado, Celso Abelo, Roberto Accurso, Gianni Agus, Simone Alberghini, Antonello Alessandri, Antonello Allemandi, Giovanni Allevi, Alvarez Anna, Caterina Antonacci, Stefano Antonucci, Armando Ariostini, Fabio Arminiato, Corrado Augias, Pupi Avati, Simona Baldolini , Brian Bosi, Franco Bordoni, Carlo Bosi, Laura Brioli, Bronsky Beat, Renato Bruson, Lidia, Edoardo Bennato, Maurizio Benini, Edoardo Bennato, Susy Blady, Rockwell Blake, Buday, Sandra Bullock, Alessandro Busi, Lando Buzzanca, Andrea Callegari, Paolo Carraro, Richard Chailly, Geraldin Chaplin, Capt. Kitty of Star Trek, Maria Caniglia, Ermanno Cavazzoni (The usual idiots), Walter Chiari, Piero Chiambretti, Gina Cigna, Patrizia Cigna, Don Luigi Ciotti, Carlo Colombara, Anselmo Colzani, Giorgio Comaschi, Paolo Coni, Stefano Consolini, Franco Corelli, Bernardo Corradi, Cesare Cremonini, Alberto Cupido, Jose Cura, Gaetano Curreri, Milly d'Abbraccio, Lucio Dalla, Pino Daniele, Donata d'Annunzio, Tosca d'Aquino, Ildebrando d'Arcangelo, Cristina d'Avena, Massimo De Bernart, Roberto De Candia, Roger Deodato, Barbara d'Urso, Umberto Eco, Lodovico Einaudi, Romano Emili, Roberto De Candia, Ferruccio Deceresa, Mario del Monaco, Daniela Dessì, Marialla Devia, Carlo Di Cristoforo, Dalila di Lazzaro, Giuseppe di Stefano, Franck Farina, Federico Fellini, Giuseppe Filianotti, Ada Finelli, Carl Fogarty, Franco Franchi, Gigliola Frazzoni, Mirella Freni, Maurizio Frusoni, Carlo Galeffi, Luca Gallo, Sonia Ganassi, Alessandro Gassman, Daniele Gatti, Gian Andrea Gavazzeni, Alberto Gazzale, Giancarlo Already Nicole Ghiaurov, Massimo Ghini, Franco Ghione, Manuel Ginobi, Tito Gobbi, Sonia Gonossi, Irene Grandi, Vittorio Grigolo, Umberto Grilli, Giangiacomo Guelfi, Marco Guidarini, Leo Gullotta, Werner Herzog, Michelle Hunziker, Argerich Kremer, Ciccio Ingrassia, The Flight, Carla Maria Izzo, Grace Jones, Raina Kabaivanska, Vincenzo La Scola, Giacomo Lauri Volpi, Bruno Lazzaretti, Franca Leosini, Salvatore Licitra, Carlo Lucarelli, Giuseppe Lugo, Daniele Luttazzi, Leo Magiera, Giovanni Malipiero, Ivano Marescotti Nicola Martinucci, Giulietta Masina, Galliano Masini, Alberto Mastromarino, Eva Mei, Francesco Meli, Giorgio Merighi, Giovanni Meoni, Milva, Francesco Molinari Pradelli, Andrea Mongelli, Rita Levi Montalcini, Gianni Morandi, Valeria Moriconi, Carlo Marini, Elizabet Norberg Shultz , Aldo Noni, Leo Nucci, Magda Oliviero, Rita Orlandi Malaspina, Francesco Mandelli, Michele Mariotti, Stefano Masciarelli, Alessandra Mastronardi, Frank Matano, Michele Pertus, Piccolo Ottavia, Ezio Pinza, Maria Pirazzini, Saimir Pirgu, Violante Placido, Gianni Poggi, Michele Mirabella, Irene Montano, Luigi Ottolini, Moni Ovadia, Corrado Pani, Francesco Paolantoni, Gino Paoli, Adriano Pappalardo, Giovambattista Parodi , Gianluca Ricci, David Riondino, Giuseppe Riva, Desireé Roncatore, Nicholas Rossi Lemeni, Patrizio Roversi, Paola Rubbi, Alessandro Safina, ANTIO Salvarezza, Gabriele Salvatores, Elena Santarelli, Gastone Sarti, Sylvia Sass, Franco Scandurra, Tito Schipa, Luciana Serra, Roberto Servile, William Shatner, Cesare Siepi, Antonino Siracusa, Gianluca Sorrentino , Ebe Stignani, Subsonica, Ferruccio Tagliavini, Renata Tebaldi, Teo Teocoli, The Puppini Sisters, Tiziano Tomassone, Giuseppe Tornatore, Michele Torpedine, Tito Turtura, Luci Valentina Terrani, Raf Vallone, Luisa Vannini, Jimmy Villotti, Paride Venturi, Marcello Viotti, Violetta, Vittorio Vitelli, Wolfgang Windgassen, Corrado Zambelli, Dolora Zayc, Luca Zingaretti and Lia Zoppelli.

Sportsmen who ate at us

Amadoruzzi (manager), Roberto Baggio, Gino Bartali, Bellini (manager), Dante Bini, Aurelio Bolognesi, Gino Bondavalli, Giacomo Bulgarelli, Joe Bygraves, Alberto Bucci, Dante Canè, Fabio Capello, Loris Capirossi, Remo Carati, Francesco Cavicchi, Cecchi (manager), Alessio Cerci, Franco Colomba, Fausto Coppi, Lucio Cusma, Mario Agata, Oscar Damiani, Morgan De Santis, Federico Frisio, Giancarlo Garbelli, Manuel Ginobili, Ingemar Johansson, Duilio Loi, Fiorenzo Magni, Emilio Marconi, Guido Mazzinghi, Sandro Mazzinghi, Dino Meneghin, Gianluca Pagliuca, Chicco Ravaglia, Giulio Rinaldi, Paolo Rossi, Bruno Scarpellini, Adriano Sconcerti, Erminio Spalla, Aldo Spoldi, Torri (manager), Renzo Ulivieri, Renato Villalta, Gianni Zuddelli, Franco Zuculini.

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