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Pick your meals in Verona

This beautiful city, set by a river in the midst of vineyards is a worthy setting for Romeo and Juliet. Ironically, Shakespeare never visited Verona but fabricated sites such as Juliet’s balcony seem to attract tourists as much as the Romantic Arena. The Vinitaly wine show in the spring and Fiercavalli horse show in the autumn are two of Europe’s biggest events in these sectors.Here is our selection of restaurants in Verona.

Photo: Casa Perbellini

Casa Perbellini

Don’t let the word casa (home) fool you. The food in this city-center eatery is nothing like home cooking, unless your mother is a Michelin-starred chef. Casa Perbellini opened in 2014 and earned two Michelin stars immediately. No surprise, as owner-chef Giancarlo Perbellini had received his first star in 1996 and a second in 2002 for a previous restaurant. The menu confirms Perbellini’s reputation as one of Italy’s most innovative Küchenmeisters. A tasting menu at €149 for lunch or dinner includes nine seasonal dishes, such as corn ravioli stuffed with black cabbage and black ink caviar, and partridge breast, grape jelly, kohlrabi, Marsala shallot and almond cream.

Casa Perbellini

Piazza San Zeno 16

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Photo: Il Desco

Il Desco

Il desco means “the dining table,” a name that makes sense for the father and son combo guiding this restaurant. Elia Rizzo opened his Michelin-starred establishment in 1981 and earned his star in 1985. Today, son Matteo, a vegetarian, cooks alongside him, so the menu offers a rich selection of veggie alternatives, such as black cabbage soup with caramelized chard and oyster leaves. The €150 tasting menu won’t disappoint carnivores however, with foie gras gianduiotto, black cod with artichokes and deer with chestnuts. The paintings on the walls and artistry on the table satisfy all the senses.

Il Desco

Via Dietro San Sebastiano 7

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Osteria da Morandin

If you want to do as the Veronesi do – or as they used to – you should andar per goti, or “go for a glass” at a local tavern. Osteria da Morandin is the place to go, but remember to bring an appetite too. The menu selection is not vast but the quality is excellent at pain-free prices. Typical are sarde in saor, sardines cooked in sweet and sour onion sauce with pine nuts, and bigoli col musso, a thick fresh spaghetti-like pasta with donkey sauce. Choice for vegetarians is limited, but the selection for wine connoisseurs is hard to fault.

Osteria da Morandin

Via Venti Settembre 144

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Locanda 4 Cuochi

The mark of star chef Giancarlo Perbellini – open-view kitchen, cooks and customers in direct contact – is evident in this eatery, which he opened under in 2012. A warm-weather dish like parmigiana di melanzane (eggplant Parmesan) arrives with two sauces – tomato and basil – and mozzarella di bufala. Raspberry semifreddo is flanked by pistacchio gelato and lemon meringue. Guests are invited to draw on the (paper) tablecloth while they wait for their food. This is traditionalism revisited at a reasonable price for the location, quality and service.

Locanda 4 Cuochi

Via Alberto Mario 12

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Photo: Antica Trattoria Al Bersagliere

Antica Trattoria Al Bersagliere

For food served in a traditional setting (paneled walls, timbered ceilings, wooden chairs with wicker seats), Al Bersagliere fits the bill. Risotto amarone is an appropriate choice, but how to select a complementary wine, when there are 60 labels of Amarone on the menu? Another classic Veronese dish is pastissada de cavàl (horsemeat ragu), served with polenta. Desserts include a diplomatico (diplomat’s cake) made with pandoro, the classic cake of Verona.

Al Bersagliere

Via Dietro Pallone 1

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Cafè Carducci

Marble-topped tables, wicker chairs, wine by the bottle or glass, you might think you were in a Parisian bistro. But this tavern-turned-restaurant-turned-local-institution traces its Italian roots to the actual owner’s great-grandfather in 1928. Thanks to its most recent renovation in 2012, the interior shines with updated tradition, and the menu highlights salumi, cheeses and select hot dishes of local inspiration. Service may or may not be at the level of the décor, depending on how busy they are.

Cafè Carducci

Via G. Carducci 12

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Last edited: April 13, 2018

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