Verona is a gorgeous city that's rich in history, culture and a gastronomic tradition where local flavours and delicacies can even win over the tourists. Traditional Verona meat and fish dishes satisfy all kinds of palates, from the plainest to the most particular, and local wines will lift your spirits and your taste buds. Are you ready for mountains of polenta and seas of tocio sauce, as the popular Venetian song goes? Want to know what bigoli in salsa and pastissada de caval are? Tempted by soppressa (aged pork salami with lard, salt, pepper, spices and garlic) or pasta e fagioli (pasta and beans)? It's time to take a seat at the table. Here are 8 restaurants where you can discover Verona's flavours.


    Osteria Ljetzan

    The secret's in the charcoal

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    Osteria Ljetzan offers wonderful flavours with a touch of the unusual. It's in Selva di Progno, a mountainous area outside Verona that's a starting point and landmark for hikers. Their original cuisine comes down to the charcoal they use. The brothers who run the restaurant obtain it by using the ancient Cimbri method. Food cooked on these embers has an unmistakable flavour. The house special is trota (trout), but there’s also coniglio (rabbit), cervo (venison) and selvaggina (game). Another unique element is the wild herbs that flavour the dishes, which the landlord collects from local fields and woods. The pasta, mustard, jams and just about everything on the table’s homemade. Save room for a truly delicious dessert.

    Location: Piazza Don Mercante, 6 fraz, 37030 Giazza VR, Italy

    Open: Monday from 7.30 am to 5 pm, Tuesday from 7.30 am to 1.30 pm, Thursday–Friday from 7.30 am to 9 pm, Saturday–Sunday from 7 am to 10 pm

    Phone: +39 04 5784 7026


    Osteria Ai Osei

    Local and gluten-free dishes

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    • Budget

    Book a table at Osteria Ai Osei if you want to try typical Veronese food that doesn't cost the earth. It's in the Veronetta district, on the left bank of the Adige where the city’s first populated centre developed. The warm, painted walls and furnishings create a welcoming and comfortable atmosphere, the service is fast and friendly, and the dishes traditional. You could start with salumi e formaggi (cold cuts and cheeses) followed by the house special, bigoli, a long pasta similar to spaghetti, with sarde (sardines). For the main course, pick a local speciality, like polenta e baccalà (polenta and salted codfish). For vegetarians and coeliacs there are tasty vegetable and gluten-free options. Choose from an excellent selection of wine and fantastic homemade desserts.

    Location: Via Venti Settembre, 124/B, 37129 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Wednesday–Sunday from 12.15 pm to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm and 10 pm, Mondays for lunch only (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +39 04 5800 8199


    Osteria Locandina Cappello

    Typical dishes with local ingredients

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    Osteria Locandina Cappello offers appetising lunches, dinners and aperitifs. appetising lunches, dinners and aperitifs. They cook local, traditional dishes with ingredients from Lessinia, the hills and mountains north of the city where local breeds like Brogna sheep and Grisa hens are reared. Fancy tortellini in brodo di gallina (tortellini in chicken stock) or arrosto di agnello su crema di carciofi (roast lamb with cream of artichokes)? Or maybe you'd prefer a tasting menu with luccio in salsa (pike in sauce) and polenta e pastissada de caval (polenta and wine-steeped horse meat)? The restaurant’s exposed walls and wooden furnishings invite you to relax, so take your time.

    Location: Via Cappello, 16, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Daily from 11 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +39 04 5803 5218


    Osteria Giulietta e Romeo

    Polenta for everyone

    • Food

    Osteria Giulietta e Romeo, with its new furnishings and pictures of old Verona, offers an atmosphere somewhere between old and modern. But one thing’s for sure: the cuisine’s traditional. Think pasta e fasoi (pasta and beans), pappardelle all'anatra (pappardelle with duck sauce) and gnocchi al ragù (gnocchi with ragu). Enjoy polenta with lumache (snails), stufato all'amarone (stew with wine), fegato di vitello (veal liver), funghi (mushrooms), soppressa (aged salami) and formaggio (cheese). You’ll probably never be far from Osteria Giulietta e Romeo. It's in the centre of the city, on one of the most popular tourist streets between Piazza Erbe and Basilica di Santa Anastasia (Basilica of Sant'Anastasia). There are different fixed-price menus featuring mouth-watering main courses. The wine list is also very varied, with mainly local reds and whites.

    Location: Corso Sant'Anastasia, 27, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Tuesday–Sunday from 12 pm to 2.30 pm and 6.45 pm to 10.30 pm, Sundays for lunch only (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +39 04 5800 9177


    Bottega del Krapfen

    Sweet and savoury ripieni for a snack at any time of day

    • Families
    • Food

    Bottega del Krapfen is a patisserie known for its legendary krapfen (stuffed doughnuts). Your eyes and taste buds won't believe the array. There's the classic, timeless crema pasticciera (custard), marmellate (jams), cioccolato (chocolate), or crema al pistacchio or nocciola (pistachio or hazelnut cream). There are also savoury options, like pomodoro e mozzarella (tomato and mozzarella), tonno (tuna) or funghi (mushrooms). Open until late, it’s great for a snack after clubbing. There's just one dilemma: will you go for mignon (mini), standard, or goloso (greedy) size?

    Location: Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 15, 37129 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9 am to 12.30 pm, 4 pm to 7 pm, 10 pm to 2 am (closed Sunday morning, Friday and Saturday open until 4 am)

    Phone: +39 04 5800 4877


    Trattoria Dal Ropeton

    Tradition and creativity

    • Food

    Trattoria Dal Ropeton is a great place to visit when you're a bit peckish after visiting the nearby Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre). This restaurant offers 2 specialties: homemade pasta and meat cooked on an open hearth, using a method that preserves tenderness and enhances flavour. Their traditional Veneto dishes include salumi (cold cuts) starters and pastissada de caval (braised horse meat), as well as imaginative delicacies and local produce. We recommend penne della casa con peperoni, salsiccia e curry (house penne pasta with peppers, sausage in curry sauce). The spices are also traditional, being part of Veneto's cuisine since they were first traded with the East.

    Location: Via Fontana del Ferro, 1, 37129 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Wednesday–Monday from noon to 2.30 pm and 7.30 pm to 11 pm (closed on Tuesdays)

    Phone: +39 04 5803 0040


    Antica Trattoria Tipica Al Bersagliere

    Eat out somewhere original, surrounded by memorabilia

    • Food
    • History

    Antica Trattoria Tipica Al Bersagliere features a distinctive and unusual interior that includes 3 small dining areas featuring musical and sports memorabilia, like a 1960s jukebox and an original Gilles Villeneuve steering wheel. Musically gifted diners can play piano between courses. If you’re more into winemaking, visit the gorgeous 13th century wine cellar containing over 200 labels. The menu offers authentic food from Verona, including bollito con pearà (boiled meats with breadcrumb and marrow sauce), soppressata casalinga (homemade salami), petto d’oca affumicato (smoked goose breast), bigoli con anatra (long pasta with duck) and baccalà (salted codfish). Consider ordering biscotti San Vigilini (raisin biscuits) for dessert, a must-try speciality.

    Location: Via Dietro Pallone, 1, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from noon to 2 pm and 7.15 pm to 10 pm (closed Sunday–Monday)

    Phone: +39 04 5800 4824


    Osteria Dogana Vecia

    A meal with a family feel

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    • Budget

    At Osteria Dogana Vecia, you'll feel right at home. The rustic interior has been decorated with great care, with dialect maxims engraved on the ceiling beams. Beside the Adige and near the Arena, this is a humble, unpretentious and down-to-earth eatery. The menu features only a few items, but they're all traditional dishes of Verona. The underlying concept is ‘a few, well-made dishes’. It's the perfect place to try lesso con pearà. This dish cooked for festive events consisting of mixed boiled meats with a sauce made from stock, breadcrumbs and ox marrow. The friendly staff will help you choose a sensational wine to accompany your meal. They also do wonderful desserts, with cakes made by skilful hands.

    Location: Via Filippini, 3, 37121 Verona VR, Italy

    Open: Tuesday–Saturday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm and 6 pm to 11 pm, Sunday from 8.30 am to 2.30 pm (closed on Mondays)

    Phone: +39 37 7426 0417


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