Restaurants in Verona
An idea that many tourists might have a hard time swallowing is that the Veronese are keen eaters of horse-meat. The dish known as cavallo is a local speciality and adventurous travellers should try the pastissada de caval, a horse-meat stew cooked in Amarone wine and paprika and served with polenta. It's also not uncommon to find bullocks' testicles and calf's brain on restaurant menus here.
Other traditional Veronese dishes include casoela (pork casserole), bollito misto (mixture of boiled meats) and mostarda, a traditional accompaniment of fruit and vegetables in mustard. Don't miss out on the delicious soppressa all'aglio (salami with garlic), which is seriously tasty. Thankfully, for the unadventurous, Verona's 'regular' Italian fare is also delicious and most travellers will be familiar with dishes like risotto, ravioli, pizza, pasta and other delicious grills.
The best area to trawl for restaurants is the popular Piazza Bra where there are plenty of cafes and eateries. It is possible to find high-quality, expensive restaurants in the city, but those travelling on a budget will also find plenty of laid-back trattorias offering simple Italian meals for good prices. It is always a good idea to seek out the places frequented by locals to find authentic Veronese food that is good value for money; rule of thumb is that the more languages the menu comes in, the more inflated the prices.
Ristorante Il Desco
This two-starred Michelin restaurant has earned a reputation in Verona and beyond where diners can enjoy watching chefs chop, whisk, stir and flambé as the dining room looks into the kitchen. Start with the fresh gooseliver in sweet wine sauce and pears with ginger, followed by the fillet of Fassone-beef in Amarone wine sauce and seasonal vegetables. And for those with a sweet tooth, nothing could be more fitting than Pistachio creme brulé with strawberries and mango. Open daily for lunch and dinner. Reservations essential.
Address: Via Dietro San Sebastiano 7
Telephone: +39 045 595 358
Ristorante Re Teodorico
This charming eatery's idyllic location on a hill overlooking the Adige River and Roman Theatre makes for an unforgettable dining experience. The stylish dining rooms and picturesque terrace provide the perfect setting for any special occasion. It also boasts an extensive wine list of Valpolicella's finest vintages so that diners can taste the very best of Verona's epicurean delights. Closed on Wednesdays.
Address: Piazzale Castel San Pietro
Telephone: +39 045 834 9903
A favourite with locals, Adriano serves good old fashioned Italian seafood at an affordable price in a quaint and unpretentious setting. Start with the salad of arugula, pears and roe before diving into bream cooked in a salt crust on the grill, or the baked bass served with grilled vegetables, while the Amaretto parfait and hot chocolate mousse al cioccolato mousse is simply decadent. Open Tuesday to Saturday for lunch and dinner. Monday dinner only. Reservations recommended.
Address: via Moschini, 26
Telephone: (045) 913877
Situated close to the Cathedral, this family-run restaurant is a big hit with locals and tourists alike. Al Duomo is one of the city's popular restaurants with a great selection of well-priced local cuisine. Wednesdays see the restaurant hosting a local Mandolin ensemble. Bookings essential.
Address: Via Duomo 7
Telephone: +39 045 800 4505
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