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10 Things to eat in Verona and where


Verona, romantic city par excellence, home of the most famous lovers in history, as well as the most unfortunate, Romeo and Juliet. A timeless place, a jewel in the heart of Veneto that does not attract tourists from all over the world only for the Shakespearean tragedy, for the curiosity to climb the balcony of the young Capulet or for its famous Arena, but above all for its beauties, the its alleys, its suggestive atmosphere and, not least, for its cuisine made up of traditional dishes with a unique taste that cannot fail to be tasted on a trip to the city of Verona.
Here 10 things to eat absolutely in Verona.



Index

  1. Pasta and fasoi
  2. Bigoli with sardines
  3. Pastissada de Caval
  4. Polenta
  5. Dumplings
  6. Boiled with pearà
  7. Rice with Tastasal
  8. Risotto all'amarone
  9. Fritole
  10. Pandoro
  11. Where to eat in Verona: best restaurants, typical bars and street food
  12. User questions and comments

1 - Pasta and fasoi

Medieval plate typical of popular cuisine, the traditional pasta e fasoi (more commonly beans) was created by the creativity of the poorest families of society during ancient times. Tasty and with a decidedly "robust" flavor, it is a specialty that must absolutely be tasted on a trip to Verona. It is often enriched with pork rinds.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: egg pasta, borlotti beans, pork rinds, carrots, celery

2 - Bigoli with sardines

The bigoli are one typical Veronese pasta very similar to spaghetti, but thicker. Their curious name derives from the bigat dialect which means caterpillar, due to their shape. Bigoli con le sarde (bigoi con le sardée) are prepared with a very tasty dish sardine sauce. According to tradition, they were eaten on Christmas Eve and Good Friday. In addition to those with sardines there are also many other versions.



  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: egg pasta, sardines, onions

3 - Pastissada de Caval

More commonly called braised horse, this dish seems to date back to 489 BC when, to save money in times of famine, the population cut the meat into pieces, macerated it in wine and spices to prolong its conservation. Excellent on any occasion, even if on winter evenings when the cold is bitter it is certainly appreciated more.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: horse meat, wine, spices

4 - Polenta

Typical specialty of the Veronese area, the polenta used as a food seems to date back to 1500. Today it accompanies second courses, especially stewed ones and roasts. There are numerous versions, but the tastiest and most famous is the polenta infasola, prepared with cereal flour. It is usually eaten with mushrooms and cheese.

  • Recommended for: dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: corn flour, cereal flour

5 - Gnocchi

Typical dish of Veronese carnival, potato gnocchi date back to the mid-1500s. A tasty specialty which, according to popular narratives, seems to have saved the city from famine.

The seasoning clearly varies depending on the recipe you follow. It cannot be missing among the things to taste on a trip to Verona.



  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: potatoes

6 - Boiled with pearà

Typical Veronese dish from winter season, boiled with pearà it is prepared with meat and vegetables, served with a mashed breadcrumbs and pepper (abundant). There are numerous variations of this recipe, although they all have these ingredients then cooked in different ways. Pearà is precisely the sauce with pepper.

  • Recommended for: dinner
  • Average cost: € 10,00
  • Main ingredients: meat, vegetables, pepper, pearà sauce

7 - Rice with Tastasal

This is a typical dish of Venetian and Veronese cuisine Risotto it is done with minced, salted and peppered meat. Recipe that was prepared to check if the meat had been salted in the right way before using it for the preparation of cured meats, the name tastasal in dialect means just feeling the salt.

  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: rice, minced meat, salt, pepper

8 - Risotto with amarone

Its delicious and full-bodied flavor is undisputed Risotto all'amarone it is one of the typical specialties of the Veronese tradition. It is made with ingredients and products from Veneto such as Vialone nano, the rice that is used for the preparation of the recipe, Amarone della Valpolicella with which it is whipped and the Monte Veronese grated, a local cow's milk cheese.


  • Recommended for: lunch, dinner
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: Vialone nano, Amarone della Valpolicella, Monte Veronese

9 - Fritole

Proclaim national dessert of the Veneto State in the eighteenth century and in the same period they were also mentioned The Campiello, a comedy by Carlo Goldoni. Fritole (pancakes) are a typical Veronese carnival cake, still prepared today not only in pastry shops, but also in many houses of Veronese families. A little different than the Venetian fritole.


  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: € 5,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, eggs, sultanas, grated lemon peel, a glass of grappa

10 - Pandoro

As is known the Pandoro is one of the traditional sweets of Verona and of the Christmas holidays. Its origins date back to the 800th century, when the Pan de Oro was served to wealthy Venetian families. Its creator was Domenico Melegatti who made this cake for the first time star with eight points. Together with the Milanese Panettone it is the best-selling and most appreciated Christmas cake in Italy.

  • Recommended for: always
  • Average cost: € 8,00
  • Main ingredients: flour, butter, sugar, vanilla

Where to eat in Verona: best restaurants, typical bars and street food

Remembering Verona only for the Shakespearean characters would be an understatement when instead it is a worldly and always alive city, with a thousand architectural beauties and a rich traditional cuisine.
To taste the various delicacies we can only recommend the area of ​​the historic center, as it is full of historic but also modern places, and in particular Piazza delle Erbe where aperitifs in the ancient cafes and taverns are trendy, where you later stop at dinner. Here are the best places to eat in Verona.

1 - Caffè Mazzanti

  • Description: elegant restaurant with outdoor tables serving from aperitifs to local and world creative dishes
  • specialty: Valeggio tortellini with cream and speck
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: piazza Erbe, 32 / 32A - Get directions

2 - Monte Baldo coffee

  • Description: historic restaurant with vintage furnishings that offers cicchetti for an aperitif and Veronese cuisine
  • specialty: risotto with Amarone della Valpolicella DOCG wine creamed with cheese
  • Average price: from € 18,00 per person
  • Address: via Rosa, 12 - Get directions

3 - Osteria del Bugiardo

  • Description: rustic setting with exposed brick, own cellar and varied cuisine with local products
  • specialty: polenta del Liar
  • Average price: from € 25,00 per person
  • Address: Corso Porta Borsari, 17 / A - Get directions

4 - Ancient Amelia

  • Description: family restaurant with retro furnishings and typical Veronese cuisine served in a creative way
  • specialty: boiled meatballs with green sauce
  • Average price: from € 35,00 per person
  • Address: lungadige Bartolomeo Rubele, 32 - Get directions

5 - Locanda 4 Cuochi

  • Description: informal setting and rustic furnishings with creative local cuisine and a wide choice of wines
  • specialty: risotto with radicchio and red wine
  • Average price: from € 30,00 per person
  • Address: via Alberto Mario, 12 - Get directions
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