Even though Bologna sits in the heart of the Emilia-Romagna region, the menu here is billed as Cucina Tipica Toscana, and is irresistible.

Ristorante Posta so highly regarded that reservations must be made well in advance.

It takes a combination of wheedling, begging and flattery to produce a table early in the evening on the condition that it will be vacated by the time guests with reservations begin arriving.

The trade-off proves well worth it, and this spur-of-the-moment meal turns out to be another delightful Plan B.

As the restaurant begins to fill, this is an evening destined to end on the streets of the old city with a gelato and an espresso.