Da Maro is a cozy, charming, rustic restaurant that I think would be a favorite if we lived in Bologna.
Six cooked sardines rolled around a raisin and pine nuts and cooked with a slightly savory and sweet batter. We really wished some of the bones had been taken out, but it seemed just when the flavor bloomed in your mouth, you'd get a bone awkwardly point into your gums. (And this comes from someone who regularly cooks and eats whole fish [head/tail/bones still on]). But besides the bones, the dish seemed lovingly done. Fish was cooked well, really wonderful light and diverse flavors.
Squid Ink Linguine
I was a little surprised by the linguine description, because the noodles seem more the size of spaghetti. But whatever the pasta was, this dish was nicely done. The celery, potatoes, carrots, eggplant and parsnip all were very nicely roasted. The pasta was cooked al dente nad the squid ink lent a savory, but slightly darker flavor to the entire dish.
Yes, we did not try that many dishes, but based on what we got, we'd return if we got a chance. Fantastic food and charming atmosphere.
Via Broccaindosso, 71 40125 Bologna, Italy (Map)