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Verona For Foodies: A Culinary Adventure Through The City’s 10 Best Eateries


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The Italian city of Verona is famous worldwide as the birthplace of one of the world’s best-known love affairs – Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. But the surrounding Veneto region, which includes the stunning Lake Garda, is also home to some of the country’s finest cuisine. The agricultural land extending from the city provides plenty of fresh, high-quality ingredients, and the local Amarone wine also features heavily in the preparation of many dishes. Many would agree that visiting Verona is much more amusing than taking a trip to Venice or Rome. It’s also a great destination for romantic people in Italy.

While it’s known that Italy has some of the most unique dishes in the world, when it comes to food, Verona has something for everyone and for every budget. From traditional osterias serving Nonna’s cuisine to fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, it is difficult not to fall in love with Veronese food in this romantic city. To get an authentic taste for Veronese cuisine, it is best to stay clear of the tourist traps around Piazza Bra and instead head to some of the backstreets or less visited squares like Piazza delle Erbe. With this in mind, let’s take a look at the city’s top 10 eateries.

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10 Focacceria La Figaccia

This sandwich shop is the perfect place to pick up a tasty bite on the go – it does have a limited number of tables inside, but the place is so popular you will be lucky to get one! Once you have ordered, the team of friendly young locals takes the focaccias straight from the oven right before your eyes. But not only is the food super fresh, but prices are also reasonable, making Focacceria La Figaccia a great option for those on a budget.

  • Location
    – Via Daniele Manin, 4, 37122 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – every day 1130-1500 and 1830-2130

9 La Lanterna

La Lanterna is one of the few vegan restaurants in Verona, and it does not disappoint, offering a wide range of plant-based dishes. Portions are large, with options including tortellini and carbonara, and there is also a lunchtime set menu, which offers great value for money. The creativity and attention to detail shown in each dish are second to none.

  • Location
    – Piazza Portichetti, 6, 37123 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Sunday to Thursday 1230-1500 and 1900-2300, Friday and Saturday, 1900-2330

8 Casa Perbellini

This intimate restaurant boasts not one but two Michelin stars. Hidden away in a small house overlooking Piazza San Zeno, Casa Perbellini offers a selection of creative tasting menus. Options range from fresh sea bass to succulent veal and everything in between, and diners can see their dishes being prepared in the open kitchen. Of course, enjoying high-quality food in such a gorgeous setting does not come cheap, but this place is perfect for a special occasion.

  • Location
    – Piazza San Zeno, 16, 37123 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Tuesday to Friday 1230-1400 and 1930-2200, Saturday 1230-1400, closed on Sunday.

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7 Trattoria dal Taio

With its distinctive setting inside a cave, Trattoria dal Taio is famous for its meat dishes, such as beef tartare, as well as for offering diners a range of fresh, homemade pasta. This family-run restaurant is located a little outside the city, but it is more than worth the effort to get there. There is also an outdoor terrace for those warm summer evenings, but with such an Instagram-friendly interior, the indoor dining experience is what makes it unique.

  • Location
    – Via Fratelli Alessandri, 11, 37125 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Monday 2000-2200, Tuesday to Saturday 1200-1530 and 2000-2200, closed on Sunday.

6 Pizzeria Tutti Gusti

No list of places to eat in Italy would be complete without at least one pizzeria. While Tutti Gusti is only for take-away, the pizzas here are so tasty that it is still worthy of a Top 10 spot. Why not try something different, like their white pizza (without tomato) or even one of their Nutella pizzas for dessert? You can customize your pizza with additional toppings and choose from an impressive selection of beers and wines to go with it. And if that wasn’t enough, prices are reasonable too!

  • Location
    – Via Roveggia, 30, 37136 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Monday to Friday 1830-2130, Saturday and Sunday 1830-2200

5 Antica Bottega del Vino

In an atmospheric setting, the tables are surrounded by bottles of wine on the walls, so you can pick out your next tipple from the extensive selection while you eat. The restaurant’s constantly changing menu reflects the availability of fresh produce from the surrounding land, although some perennial favorites at Antica Bottega del Vino include tortellini with truffles and braised beef cheek with Amarone wine.

  • Location
    – Via Scudo di Francia, 3, 37121

  • Opening hours
    – every day 1100-0000

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4 Antica Trattoria Pero d’Oro

While this trattoria has been serving up traditional local meals since it was founded in 1986, the ornate palace where it is located dates back to the 1400s. Homemade bigoli pasta (thick spaghetti) is a specialty at Antica Trattoria Pero d’Oro. Other favorites include gnocchi with Pomodoro cheese and the banana tiramisu for dessert.

  • Location
    – Via Ponte Pignolo, 25, 37129 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Tuesday to Saturday 1200-1400 and 1930-2200, Sunday 1200-1430, closed on Mondays.

3 L’Arte del Gelato

In a city with so many gelaterias, it is hard to pick the best one, but ask any local for a recommendation, and chances are this place will come up. With its fresh, organic ingredients, l’Arte del Gelato offers an impressive array of flavors, ranging from Sicilian lemon to indulgent chocolate.

  • Location
    – Via Leoni, 3, 37121 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Wednesday to Sunday 1200-2000, closed on Monday and Tuesday.

2 Il Cenacolo

Another restaurant with a spectacular setting inside a historical palace in the heart of the old town, Il Cenacolo showcases the best of Veronese cuisine through its à la carte and tasting menus. In the intimate dining room, visitors can enjoy dishes such as risotto with Amarone wine and Monte Veronese cheese and roast goat with baked potatoes. In a sign of just how tasty the food is here, many famous faces, including opera singer Pavarotti, have passed through the restaurant’s doors since it opened in 1980.

  • Location
    – Via Teatro Filarmonico, 10, 37121 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday 1900-2230, Saturday and Sunday 1200-1500 and 1900-2230, closed on Tuesday.

1 Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo

Established in 1909, Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo is located close to Piazza delle Erbe and is a local favorite. In 2017, it was named a Ristorante Tipico del Comune di Verona in recognition of its commitment to keeping Veronese culinary traditions alive. Here, everything is homemade, from the fresh bigoli pasta with duck ragout to the veal liver and the selection of 10 canapes. With a choice of over 300 different wines to accompany your meal, this restaurant is well-deserving of its number-one spot!

  • Location
    – Via Rosa, 12, 37121 Verona

  • Opening hours
    – Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday 1100-1500 and 1800-2330, Friday and Saturday 1100-0000, Sunday 1000-0000, closed on Tuesday

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