Eating and Drinking in Verona







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Your money goes a lot further in Verona than it does in Venice: numerous trattorias offer full meals for around 12.91 (especially in the Veronetta district, on the east side of the river), while on almost every street corner there's a bar where a glass of house wine will set you back a mere 0.52. As the Veneto produces more DOC wine than any other region in Italy, it's not surprising that Italy's main wine fair, Vinitaly, is held in Verona; it takes place in April and offers abundant sampling opportunities. For non-alcoholic pleasure, sit outside one of the gelaterie in Piazza dell' Erbe and indulge in an incredible concoction of fruit, cream and ice cream; another place to make for is Gelateria Pampanin , by Ponte Garibaldi.

Restaurants and Bars

Arena , Vicolo Tre Marchetti 1. Good pizzeria for a late-night bite, as it's open till 1am. Situated in a tiny alley between Via Mazzini and Via Anfiteatro off the northeast side of the Arena. Closed Mon.

Bella Napoli , via Marconi 14. The best pizzas in Verona, in a distinctly Neapolitan atmosphere. Closed Mon.

Trattoria da Barca , Vicolo Tre Marchette 19b (tel 045.803.0463). A couple of steps north of the Arena, with a deeply classy ambience, this is the perfect spot for a pre- or post-opera meal of Veronese specialities. Closed Sun.

Bottega dei Vini , Vicolo Scudo di Francia 3a. Just off the north end of Via Mazzini, this is simply the best restaurant in Verona and has one of the largest selections of wines you'll find anywhere in Italy, though it's slightly touristy as a result. Open until midnight. Closed Tues.

Maffei , Piazza dell' Erbe 38 (tel 045.801.015). Superb restaurant in a lovely Baroque palazzo, complete with courtyard. You can eat superbly for around 30.99, not including wine. Closed July & Aug, plus Sun (and Mon in winter).

Osteria La Fontanina , Piazzetta Fontanina. One of the best old-world osterie on the left (west) bank of the Adige, with restaurant-style atmosphere and prices.

Osteria Perbacco , Via Carducci 48. Moderately priced Veronetta restaurant with a very attractive garden. Especially good fish and vegetarian dishes. Closed Wed.

Osteria alla Pigna , Via Pigna 4. Elegant traditional restaurant in between the duomo and Piazza dell' Erbe. Easily among the top five of the thirty or so osterie tipiche dotted around the historic centre. A main course will set you back around L25,000/?12.91. Closed Sun & Mon lunch.

Pero d'Oro , Via Ponte Pignolo 25. Another good Veronetta trattoria, with a family atmosphere. Serves inexpensive but genuine Veronese dishes. Closed Mon.

San Giovanni in Foro , Corte San Giovanni in Foro 4. Pizzas to rival Bella Napoli with outside seating in a courtyard just off Corso Porta Borsari. Closed Tues

Al Carro Armato , Vicolo Gatto 2a. One of the most atmospheric bars in the city, with live music on Sunday evenings in winter. Open until 2am. Closed Wed.

Caffe dell' Erbe , Piazza dell' Erbe 32. Known universally as Mazzanti, this is the loudest, youngest and coolest of the late-opening bars on the square.

Al Mascaron , Piazza San Zeno 16. A five-minute walk west from Castelvecchio takes you beyond the bustle to a quiet square where you'll find a crowd of young Veronese. Fine wines and an urbane atmosphere earlier on, popular disco-bar later. Closed Mon.

Osteria al Duomo , Via Duomo 7a. Best of the city's bars, little changed by twentieth-century fashion, and enlivened on Wednesday afternoons (5-8pm) and Friday nights in winter by a traditional singalong. Open 4pm-midnight. Closed Thurs.

Osteria al Vino , Via Sottoriva 9. Rumbustious and full of locals: Verona's traditional osterie don't come much more authentic than this.

Al Ponte , Via Ponte Pietra. Sip a glass in the garden here and enjoy a marvellous view of Ponte Pietra and the Teatro Romano. Open till 3am. Closed Wed.

Ai Preti , Via Acqua Morta 27. Popular osteria over in the Veronetta district; the pasta and wine are cheap, and musicians often drop by to play. Closes 8pm.


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