While most tourists are drawn to the Venetian city of Verona in order to visit Juliet’s house, one taste of the local dishes will make you want to stay longer. Here’s our guide to the top 10 restaurants in Verona for a gastronomic tour of the ancient city.
Just two steps from Juliet’s home is a palazzo where you can taste the elegant flavours of chef Elia Rizzo’s gourmet dishes. Although the decor is contemporary, the food is classic Italian with attention to detail. Winning a star from the Michelin guide, Il Desco also offers a tasting menu for those who want to try all the traditional and innovative ingredients that Rizzo uses in his dishes. Gluten-free and vegetarian options are also available.
Casa Perbellini has an open kitchen so guests can watch their meals being prepared. The dining room only allows for 24 guests at a time but promotes an intimate atmosphere. With two Michelin stars, chef Perbellini has become one of the most celebrated chefs in Italy, famous for his sesame wafer with branzino tartare and braised veal cheek.
Between the Roman Theatre and Ponte Pietra, Osteria La Fontanina has continued its legacy of hospitality for more than 200 years. Owners Nicola and Marta Tapparini have managed the restaurant since 1984, with chef Matteo Sivero maintaining a Michelin star since he arrived in 2015. Famed for its meat and fish dishes, not to be missed here is the Venetian-style baccalà, or cod, served with polenta.
Pizzeria al taglio da Zio Lele serves more than 50 varieties of pizza. Open every day, the restaurant also offers delivery if you don’t feel up to leaving your hotel room. Celebrated for its interesting use of ingredients, this pizzeria only uses the freshest ingredients as well as dairy products from the Veronese Mountains.
Just a short walk from the touris center, Vecio Macello is a restaurant that offers a traditional Venetian menu. Take advantage of the location’s vicinity to water by tasting 15 different fish with the seafood tasting menu. For those not so keen on fish, try the pasta e fagioli.
Popular Trattoria Dal Gal serves dishes that highlight local ingredients of the highest and freshest quality. The Trattoria is particularly famous for its homemade pastas paired with seasonal vegetables and wines from the Veneto region.
Trattoria i Masenini is conveniently located near the Arena in the city center. Situated in the area where the city’s fish market used to stand, Masenini is a seafood restaurant where you can enjoy dishes such as sea bass with fresh tomatoes or, t-bone steak cooked on the spit right in front of you.
Looking to try local food at modest prices? La Taverna di Via Stella creates traditional Veronese dishes which are simple and delicious. Try the patissada, a stew made from horse meat, look above your head and the hanging hams may help inspire you to keep trying more of what this little place has to offer.