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A culinary guide to Verona

Verona is a globally renowned gastronomic hub, so it should come as no surprise that this is the city that Giovanni Rana calls home. With such an array of gelateriepizzerie and ristoranti on offer, it can be difficult to know where to start. Follow this guide to ensure you make time for all the un-missable eateries Verona has to offer!

If you’re looking for highly professional and caring staff… 

You will be spoilt for choice by the collection of historic restaurants lining Via Cappello, located in the bustling town center. "Il Pompiere" offers a delicious selection of local specialties, from the classic gnocchi di patate con salsa pomodoro e scaglie di Parmigiano Reggiano (gnocchi with tomato sauce & parmesan shavings) to the unique baccalà alla vicentina (a salted codfish hailing from Vicenza) served with polenta & broccoli. The kindness and professionalism of the staff at Al Pompiere make this spot one you will want to return to again and again.


If you’re after awe-inspiring views… 

Take a walk over St. Peter’s Hill and you will find "Re Teodorico". From its terrace, you can enjoy a beautiful Veronese pizza whilst taking in the sweeping vista of Verona’s terracotta rooftops. Toppings range from spicy nduja sausage and taggiasche olives to crispy leek and creamy robila cheese.



If you have a taste for Italian dolci

Don’t miss the renowned pasticceria menu of Giancarlo Perbellini at “La Dolce Locanda” on Via Valerio Catullo. The tartella al limone (lemon tart) is exceptional.


If you want an ice cream with a view… 
The “Gelateria San Zeno”, very close to the beautiful Basilica di San Zeno, boasts a mouth watering selection of artisian ice cream. The combination of top quality craftsmanship and exceptional flavour is truly unique; the chocolate is sublime and the fresh fruit varieties, from strawberry to grapefruit to peach, are delightfully refreshing and packed full of intense flavour.


If you want to sample outstanding Veronese wine… 

Via Mazzini, Verona’s most famous shopping street, is home to the "Bottega del Vino". With thousands of wines lining the walls and a homely atmosphere typical of a Veronese osteria, a trip here will offer an authentic experience of the best wine Verona has to offer, such as the Amarone, a ripe and full-bodied red.


How about aperitivo hour? Don’t dare leave Verona without sampling their Aperol Spritz. This refreshing punch, flavoured with bitter orange and rhubarb, is the go-to aperitivo in the Veneto region. Head over to the trendy Piazza Erbe, and sample this cocktail for yourself. At just 3 euros a glass, how could you not?

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