Pasta with Baby Octopus at Pescheria I Masenini in Verona Italy

Verona Food Guide – The Best Verona Restaurants and Cafes

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Wondering what and where to eat in Verona Italy? We spent a week eating our way through the classic Italian city. Check out our Verona Food Guide with some of the best Verona restaurants and cafes.

Pasta with Baby Octopus at Pescheria I Masenini in Verona Italy

Verona attracts a lot of travelers, especially during the summer. And yes, some of the city’s restaurants are gussied up tourist traps. But travelers who breeze through Verona without digging deeper are missing out on one of Italy’s most charming cities. They’re also missing out on experiencing some of the country’s best food and wine.

While nearby regions like Emilia-Romagna garner culinary fame for fresh rolled egg pasta and meat-rich ragu and southern regions like Campania feature some of the best pizza in the world, the Veneto should not be underestimated in the pantheon of the Italian boot.

This is the region where Italy’s land-based agriculture meets one of the world’s most famous seafaring trading centers. It’s also where products like tomatoes, red wine and octopus harmonize on the plate with deep rich flavors that rival all neighboring regions.

Caffe Borsari Dining Room

Verona dining rooms are thriving meeting places. Pictured here is the interior of Caffè Borsari.

Verona is located at the center of a huge but vastly underappreciated wine region. When most oenophiles think about wine in Italy, the words Chianti, Barolo and Brunello immediately enter their minds.

But in nearby towns like Valpolicella, winemakers create a wealth of wines. Popular wines like Soave intermingle with highly quaffable, eponymous reds as well as with world renowned Amarone wines that pair magnificently with Verona’s big, meaty secondi dishes.

Eating in Verona is a multi-sensory experience that starts with the restaurants themselves. Many of the best places to eat in Verona feature stately rooms filled with interesting people plus optional outdoor dining. Of course, the food and wine take star billings despite these auspicious settings.

Why Most Travelers Visit Verona

Busy Pedestrian Street in Verona Italy

Locals and tourists fill the streets of Verona on a daily basis.

Located in Italy’s Veneto region, Verona is far from a hidden gem. The legend of Romeo and Juliet transcends the city’s storied history that dates back before its entry into the Roman empire. In fact, Shakespeare set two of his plays here – the aforementioned classic as well as The Two Gentlemen of Verona.

Verona’s famous Arena is not only older than the Rome’s Colosseum, but it also hosts operas and other large scale concerts in the spring and summer. Pop icon Elton John played a set of shows during our visit, and operas like Carmen, La Traviata and Tosca can be enjoyed in the Arena’s epic, yet beautiful outdoor space.

Mindi and Asian Man on Juliets Balcony in Verona Italy

Starstruck tourists queue for their chance to stand on Juliet’s balcony. Parting from this annoying queue-cutter all sweet and no sorrow as Mindi eagerly let the offender (above right) know in plain body language.

Verona is also a city where lovers can stroll along the Adige River, intertwining hands while licking gelato cones. They’re not alone – tourists flock to Verona for the chance to take a selfie on Juliet’s overcrowded balcony or glance at the Ponte Pietra as the midnight moon shines gently across Verona’s cascading waterway.

Fingers Meet in the Verona Arena in Verona Italy

History and tourism collide at sites like Verona’s ancient Arena. The historic amphitheater pre-dates the more famous Roman Coliseum.

Some travelers visit Verona just for a day or two before heading to nearby Venice or Lake Garda, both worthy destinations in their own right. But there’s something special about this UNESCO world heritage city that gained global fame in the late 16th century thanks to Britain’s most prolific bard.

Daryl and Juliet Statue at Juliets House in Verona Italy

Daryl groped Juliet’s statue for good luck. That’s his story and he’s sticking to it.

On summer weekends, crowds may numb a traveler into submission but some of the most romantic streetscapes in Italy are just a short walk beyond main squares like Piazza Brà and Piazza delle Erbe.

On quieter weeknights, stone-arched thoroughfares lead to magical contemplation among medieval buildings in Piazza dei Signori, with local musicians often playing in the shadow of Dante’s statue.

Why We Visited Verona

Selfie at Juliets House in Verona Italy

Though we visited Verona for the food and wine, we couldn’t resist checking out the city’s sites.

Prior to our initial Verona visit, we were familiar with Veneto wines made famous every year when wine professionals swarm the city in April for the Vinitaly exhibition, but we weren’t so knowledgeable about the city’s food, at least not on a first-hand basis. In the past, we’ve previously spent most of our Italy time in cities like Bologna and Naples.

We knew of Verona’s popularity on the tourist trail but remained curious whether the Veneto city’s food could live up to its hype. Spoiler alert… It did.

What to Eat in Verona

Risotto alla Amarone on Olive Plate at La Taverna di Via Stella in Verona Italy

A culinary trip to Verona without trying Risotto all’Amarone would be incomplete. The brightly colored rice dish prominently features the Veneto’s signature wine.

As we quickly learned, Verona maintains an impressive food culture that favorably competes with the rest of Italy. Chefs take full advantage of the region’s signature wine when preparing Risotto all’Amarone, but they also take pleasure in composing simple, hearty dishes that tickled our tastebuds.

Risotto all Amarone at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

Our love for Risotto all’Amarone hit its peak at Antico Bottega del Vino. Their take on the classic Verona dish is a stunner.

Eating Risotto all’Amarone is reason enough to visit Verona. The seemingly simple dish marries the Veneto’s powerhouse wine with Vialone Nano rice, a type of medium grain rice specific to the region. The addition of creamy Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese to an umami-rich base of mixed meat stock or brodo takes the decadently rich dish to otherworldly levels.

Pizza with Prosciutto and Burrata at Berbere in Verona Italy

Verona restaurants serve a wide variety of Italian food favorites. Pizza fans will not be disappointed in this city.

But Verona is in Italy after all, meaning that all kinds of pasta and pizza are readily available at most hours of the day and night. Italian food fans will find no lack of carbs to fill their bellies, though diners who dig deeper will enjoy other types of food as well.

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Verona Food Guide

Slice Pork at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

Regardless of your food preferences, there’s no need to be hungry in Verona. Local chefs prepare excellent food throughout the city.

Verona is a city where carnivores revel while eating savory dishes like bollito misto, salumi and cavallo (i.e. horse), though vegetarians can easily find tasty dishes featuring lush, local Veneto produce. And pescatarians rejoice daily with some of the world’s best seafood served with toothy bigoli pasta (think super thick spaghetti).

Cappuccino at Cafe Caruducci in Verona Italy

Food travel is tough work. In Verona, we jump-started our mornings with cappuccinos and local pastries like this sfogliatina.

Our daily Verona food quest typically started early with coffee at local cafes and ended late with gelato at Verona gelaterias. We discovered a food bounty as boundless as the seafood plucked from nearby waters as well as limitless wine lists that reminded us that Veneto’s wine regions are just as important as their Tuscan and Piemonte cousins.

Wine at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

Wine is an integral part of the Verona lifestyle. Although Amorone is readily available in the city, less expensive options like Valpolicella are also available.

By the end of the week, we had fallen for Verona and its culinary delights. Leaving was a sweet sorrow that we’ll surely satisfy with even sweeter memories until our inevitable return to Italy’s City of Love.

We plan to revisit Veneto and check out classic destinations like Padua, Mantua, Vicenza and, of course, Venice. However, we will always make time to detour to Verona’s ancient crossroads along the banks of the Adige.

Best Verona Restaurants

Antica Bottega del Vini Dining Room in Verona Italy

The dining scene is alive and well in Verona. Top restaurants like centrally located Antica Bottega del Vino buzz on a nightly basis.

Finding a Verona restaurant is as easy as throwing a stick in the wind. With so many dining choices in a relatively small area, the trick is finding the best restaurants in Verona from the dozens of contenders at all price points.

Yes, Verona certainly has more than a few touristic eateries, especially near Piazza Brà. But we looked hard and found incredible, unforgettable restaurants in the fair city. These are our favorites:

Pescheria I Masenini

Tuna Tartare at Pescheria I Masenini in Verona Italy

Bathed in anchovy sauce, this chunky tuna tartare literally burst with flavor.

As much as we loved twirling our forks into pasta and scooping up risotto in Verona, our favorite meal of the week was all about seafood. That being said, we managed to squeeze some pasta into this meal too because… Italy.

Pescheria I Masenini offers an exciting, fish-focused menu at Piazzetta Pescheria, a square that once operated as an ancient Roman fish market. Seafood favorites like lobster, amberjack, scallops and prawns dominate the menu.

Pescheria I Masenini in Verona Italy

Pescheria I Masennini’s elegant yet understated dining room is the ideal setting for a seafood feast.

We enjoyed a leisurely lunch eating food that surprised us with every bite. Highlights were a generous plate of fresh bigoli pasta with baby octopus sauce (photo at top of the article) and tuna tartare smothered in salty anchovy sauce.

Yes, with the bigoli, Verona’s bigger take on spaghetti, we couldn’t quite get away from ordering pasta. But the addition of tomato sauce, garlic, wine and baby octopus took the noodles to another level.

There’s something almost magical when the acidy, bright flavors of tomato integrate with the salt puckering flavors of the sea. Masenini’s Bigoli pasta dish did this magnificently.

Pro Tip: Bring a friend and splurge on the Grigliata Mista – a true seafood extravaganza. You’re worth it.

Pescheria I Masenini is located at Piazzetta Pescheria, 9, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Antica Bottega del Vino

Pork at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

Antica Bottega del Vino may be world famous for its extensive wine collections, but its food is worth a visit on its own merit.

Go to Antica Bottega del Vino. With this recommendation from trusted source John Curtas, we headed to Antico Bottega del Vino on our second night in Verona. Though no tables were available, we squeezed into the restaurant’s Cicchetti bar and enjoyed a heaping plate of pancetta cotta e affumicata along with excellent glasses of Valpolicella and Amarone wine.

In addition to sharing a wonderful aperitivo experience among fellow wine lovers, we left with coveted dinner reservations for another night. Sitting at the bar was a sneak preview of the meal we would soon enjoy in an impressive dining room lined with empty wine bottles and filled with history…

Wine Menu at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

We’d never previously seen a wine list as big as this one at Antica Bottega del Vino.

The only confusing part of dining at this classic Verona restaurant is its name. The website uses the word Vini while the menu uses Vino. Otherwise, everything is as straightforward as it gets when it comes to one of the city’s oldest and most lauded dining establishments.

With a cellar storing over 18,000 bottles of wine, Antico Bottega del Vino (or is it Antico Bottega del Vini?) is a haven for wine lovers. The restaurant’s wine menu is as big as an encyclopedia, featuring amazing bottles of Amarone with similarly amazing prices.

Food options are easier to navigate and hit we hit gold with a few of our choices. Remember bigoli from above? We ate it here as well, although this time dressed with anchovies, burrata cheese and toasted garlic bread. The combination was salty, rich and drool-worthy with a fierce punch of anchovy flavor that stood up to the hearty, wheaty pasta.

Pasta at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

Don’t miss bigoli with anchovies when you visit Verona. The dish is a local favorite.

Similar accolades go to the restaurant’s Miale Tranquillo (loosely translated to sleeping pork) served with toasted porcini mushrooms. Ironically, we thought that the server mistakenly had brought us a fillet when we saw the medium rare meat sitting majestically on its plate. But it was indeed pork. And what a pork it was – juicy, succulent and as smooth as butter.

We ended our meal with Tiramisu, an appropriately classic dessert for our final Verona dinner. As we finished the last sips of wine, we toasted the crazy lifestyle that took us to Verona and led us to the hallowed halls of this city institution.

Pro Tip: Don’t be deterred or intimidated by the size of the wine menu or its prices. A genial sommelier was more than happy to recommend a stellar Ripasso that fit our budget and flavor preference.

Antica Bottega del Vini is located at Via Scudo di Francia, 3, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Ristorante Il Desco

Verona sports four one-starred Michelin restaurants – 12 Apostoli, Il Desco, Osteria La Fontanina and Oseleta. If that’s not enough for fine dining devotees, two-starred Casa Perbellini is a short walk away in the Basilica di San Zeno neighborhood.

Wanting to dip our toes in the city’s luxury dining scene, we spent a decadent afternoon tasting dishes cooked by Elio and Matteo Rizzo, the lauded father/son chefs at Il Desco. Literally translated to at the table, Il Desco has received global acclaim beyond its coveted Michelin star.

Black Spaghettini at Ristorante Il Desco in Verona Italy

Powered by the combination of squid and baby squid, Il Desco’s black spaghettini is a veritable flavor bomb.

Opting against the restaurant’s tasting menu in consideration of our shrinking wallets and expanding belts, we ordered a few plates to share. Before we knew it, we were toasting our meal with cream-topped vermouth served in test tubes and sharing buckwheat biscuits with beetroot cream.

Of course, we had to try the restaurant’s fried scampi, a signature dish since 1982. The chefs fry shrimp that are wrapped inside pasta shells and serve them with an acid-forward, citrus-flavored salad of expertly micro brunoised vegetables. We also sampled the restaurant’s signature pasta – handmade tortelli stuffed with baccalà so silky that it must have been passed through a sieve more times than we can count.

Cod Tortelli at Ristorante Il Desco in Verona Italy

The chefs at Il Desco transform pasta by adding ingredients like black lime and black garlic. Pictured here is the restaurant’s luxurious cod tortelli.

We also enjoyed the chef duo’s rendition of roasted quail served with licorice sauce, caramelized shallots, chives and goat cheese as well as their take on squid ink black spaghettini topped with squid, baby squid, crisp zucchini and basil. Though we didn’t order dessert, we ended the meal with a selection of gastronomic petit fours and coffee.

We don’t regret splurging on lunch at Il Desco. However, we were disappointed to see a 20% plate sharing surcharge on our bill since we had specifically asked the server not to separate the plates. Apparently, that request was lost in translation.

Be aware that even if you order carefully and on an a la carte basis, you’re probably not going to get out of Il Desco for under €100 per person. This is classic Michelin starred dining which typically comes with a high price tag.

Pro Tip: Il Desco offers Gluten-Free and Vegetarian food options for diners with dietary restrictions.

Ristorante Il Desco is located at Via Dietro S. Sebastiano, 5, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Torcolo

Bollito Misto at Torcolo in Verona Italy

Torcolo’s Bollito Misto is a meat lover’s fantasy. In addition to its meat melange, this Italian dish includes sides like mostarda, horseradish, salsa verde and ‘peara’ (barely shown at the edge of this photo).

Torcolo was the first Verona reservation we secured based on our desire to try Bollito Misto. This northern Italian rendition of mixed meats, not dissimilar to France’s pot au feu, is so legendary that there are secret societies built around the enjoyment of the legendary carnivorous extravaganza.

Bollito Misto is not for the faint of heart. A large range of mixed meats including favorites like beef cheek, tongue and cotechino sausage are essentially cooked low and slow and then served with a range of condiments including verdant Italian salsa verde, mostarda, horseradish and a special creamy white ‘pearà.’

Unique to Verona, pearà is a savory sauce made with ingredients like bread crumbs, stock, bone marrow and black pepper. Missing Bollito Misto and this sauce would make any dining mission in Verona incomplete.

Pasta with Truffles at Torcolo in Verona Italy

This plate of pappardelle at Torcolo was generously topped with black truffle della Lessinia and Monte Veronese cheese.

Initially disappointed to discover that our Bollito Misto would not be served on a grand cart as we’d seen in photos, we took solace in knowing that the popular dish would soon leave the menu. If we had eaten at Torcolo just one week later, the dish would have been gone, banished for the summer.

By the time we were sipping red Valpolicella wine and eating local Lessinia meats, we practically forgot about the cart. We also forgot that another winter classic, horse, was also off the menu, except as an ingredient in the gnocchi primi. But that menu omission was more than ok with us.

Beyond our carnivorous deep dive, we indulged in some of Torcolo’s other specialties. Meal highlights included two dishes featuring black truffles. Though the Uova in Camicia starter with poached eggs, Monte Veronese cheese cream and black truffle Scorzone of Lessinia was a show-stopper, we equally enjoyed the similarly topped primi of Paparadelle.

Pro Tip: Worry about your diet after you dine at Torcolo. This restaurant rewards those open to culinary excess.

Torcolo is located at Via Carlo Cattaneo, 11, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Casual Verona Restaurants

Cured Meat at Trattoria Pane e Vino

Cured meat, like this Culatello soaked in Amarone at Pane e Vino, is a staple of Verona’s food culture.

Finding traditional Italian food in Verona isn’t a problem. Instead, the problem is narrowing down the city’s many trattorias, tavernas and osterias. After eating at several of Verona’s best casual restaurants, these are our favorites for eating classic Italian fare:

Trattoria Pane e Vino

Salumi Plate at Trattoria Pane e Vino in Verona Italy

Deceptively simple, these plates of cured meat were some of the best dishes we ate in Verona.

Don’t be fooled by this restaurant’s name that literally translates to Bread and Wine. Open since 2000, this is a restaurant that offers a full menu of Verona food classics like pasta and salumi in addition to housemade bread and an extensive wine selection.

We knew that Trattoria Pane e Vino was serious about salumi when we saw two antique hand-cranked Berkel slicers in the middle of the dining room. We later found out that this trattoria located on the northwestern edge of the center of the city is as serious about serving Amarone wine as they are with slicing paper thin pieces of fine hams and salumis.

Allesandro Ferrar at Trattoria Pane e Vino in Verona Italy

Allesandro Ferrar spared no effort as he lovingly sliced salumi that rivaled some of the best cured meats we’ve previously eaten in Bologna.

After perusing the long list of salumi and prosciutto options, we ordered plates of Vino Appeso Taglio Culatello soaked in Amarone wine and Salame Strolghino di Culatello from Parma. We plowed through both plates as well as their accompanying bowls of gardenia and pickled red peppers, enjoying the flavor combinations.

These generous plates of meat, as well as a basket filled with crunchy breadsticks and circular taralli crackers from Puglia, more than satisfied our desire for a light Verona lunch. However, food was only part of our Pane e Vino dining experience.

Wine at Trattoria Pane e Vino in Verona Italy(1)

Amarone wine flows freely at Pane e Vino. The restaurant is a mecca for wine connoisseurs who love this classic Veneto varietal.

Did we mention that we adore Amarone wine? We first discovered the Veneto classic while we were living in Philadelphia and it’s the first wine we drank when we arrived in Verona.

Veneto wine producers hand harvest Corvina, Molinara and Rondinella grapes in Valpolicella to create one of the world’s greatest wines. Richly flavored and high in alcohol content, Amarone is a premium wine that often comes at a premium price. However, Pane e Vino serves Amarone as their house wine.

Yes, the highlight of our lunch was the value-priced carafe of Amarone that we shared while savoring every sip. Produced by Domini Veneti, this Amarone was as good as any we drank in Verona and would be reason enough to recommend Pane e Vino to our friends and readers. However, the excellent food and impeccable service take this restaurant to the top of our list of casual Verona restaurants.

Pro Tip: Bring some friends and order a one-liter jug of Amarone when you dine at Pane e Vino.

Trattoria Pane e Vino is located at Via Giuseppe Garibaldi, 16 / A, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

La Taverna di Via Stella

La Taverna di Via Stella Dining Room

La Taverna di Via Stella’s dining room is a bustling hub of culinary activity.

We literally stumbled into La Taverna di Via Stella on our second night in Verona after we couldn’t get a table at Antica Bottega del Vino. Although we didn’t have a reservation, we somehow snagged the only available table in the cozy, centrally-located restaurant.

Luck was clearly on our side. Not only did we get the chance to dine in a busy restaurant filled with fellow food lovers, but we also got a front-row view to walls lined with epic murals and filled with memorabilia. The ambiance was a winner, but what about the food?

Risotto alla Amarone on Green Plate at La Taverna di Via Stella in Verona Italy

Don’t be alarmed by the color of this bowl. Risotto alla ‘Amarone is supposed to be this red.

Though we were tempted by a homey menu featuring dishes featuring proteins like tripe, rabbit and duck, we both ordered Risotto all’ Amarone. We didn’t have a choice. As is common in Verona, the restaurant mandates a two-person minimum for the popular rice dish.

With a color nothing short of blood red, the bowls of Risotto all’ Amarone took us by surprise when they landed on our table. However, our surprise quickly turned to joy once we tasted the luscious concoction featuring medium grain rice and Amarone wine.

After pairing our risotto with locally produced, slightly fizzy Bardolino, the tavern’s house wine, we didn’t stop until our plates were clean and our glasses empty. Needless to say, we ended our meal both full and happy.

Pro Tip: Try to save room for dessert. House specialties include corn cookies and chocolate salami.

La Taverna di Via Stella is located at Via Stella, 5, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Antica Trattoria dall’Amelia

Pasta at Antica Trattoria dall_Amelia in Verona Italy

Pasta reins supreme in Verona. This dish of ricotta tortelli pops with swordfish chunks, olives and bright red tomatoes.

We’d like to say that we discovered Antica Trattoria dall’Amelia while strolling along the Adige River and entered the restaurant after glancing upon its enticing courtyard. But that wouldn’t be true. The reality is that we found the traditional Verona restaurant the modern way – from our Airbnb host.

Meatball at Antica Trattoria dall_Amelia in Verona Italy

Made with beef and chicken, these grandma meatballs are a popular starter at Antica Trattoria dall’ Amelia.

Dining al fresco is the way to go as the restaurant’s courtyard is filled with fragrant flowers in the warmer months. During our meal, we started with a plate of homestyle meatballs served over a vibrant green sauce with parsley and garlic. We finished with an equally colorful plate of ricotta tortelli with swordfish, olives and cherry tomatoes.

Pro Tip: Vegans will find food to eat at Antica Trattoria dall’Amelia – not always a given at Verona restaurants.

Antica Trattoria dall’Amelia is located at Lungadige Bartolomeo Rubele, 32, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Osteria da Ugo

Antipasti at Osteria da Ugo in Verona Italy

When in Verona, we like to start our meals with local meats and cheeses like the selection we ate at Osteria da Ugo.

Located on a secluded street just a few blocks from Juliet’s Balcony, Osteria da Ugo is a great spot to enjoy dinner with friends. At least that’s what we did when we wandered into the convivial restaurant with a group of five hungry travelers (us included). Before long, we were satisfying our hunger pangs with a board covered with salumi and local cheese.

Despite Osteria da Ugo’s prime location, the restaurant was not filled with tourists on the night of our dinner. Instead, locals and travelers joined together in their love of simple food like pasta, pork chops and seafood.

Pasta at Osteria da Ugo in Verona Italy

Verona chefs don’t just add Amarone to risotto. Savvy chefs also add the flavorful wine to pasta like this plate of maccheroncini and ragu.

The Maccheroncini al Ragù di Tastasal e Amarone con Polvere di Cipolla e Peperoncino was our favorite dish of the meal. This was no surprise considering that the dish has ingredients like pasta, ragu, toasted onions and chili peppers.

Pro Tip: Consider ordering the degustation menu if you’re hungry enough to eat four courses. You can add a wine pairing if you’re thirsty too.

Osteria da Ugo is located at Vicolo Dietro Sant’Andrea, 1 / b, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Pizza

Pizza Oven at Pizzeria da Salvatore in Verona Italy

Pizzaiolos in Verona use top ingredients to baked excellent pies in wood-fired ovens throughout the city. Pictured here, Pizzeria da Salvatore’s pizzaiolo Ivano Salvagno expertly practices his pizza craft.

Though Verona doesn’t rival Italian cities like Naples or Rome in terms of pizza, the city more than holds its own when it comes to preparing one of Italy’s most popular foods. After trying several pies as ‘research’, we recommend the following Verona pizzerias:

Pizzeria da Salvatore

Spicy Salami Pizza at Pizzeria da Salvatore in Verona Italy

This classic pie wasn’t the prettiest pizza we ate in Verona but its looks didn’t take away from its taste. Pie toppings included tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese and spicy salami.

Opened in 1961 by the Rasulo family who moved to Verona from Napoli, Pizzeria da Salvatore is reputed to be the city’s oldest pizzeria. Despite its age and history, there’s nothing stodgy about this popular spot.

We shared a classic pizza with tomato sauce, mozzarella and spicy salami during our mid-afternoon visit. The pizza’s description lived up to its billing, with a generous amount of spicy meat added to the classically crispy, thin pie.

If you’re looking for an Instagram-ready round pie, then go somewhere else. However, if you’re looking for tasty pizza served for a good price away from the tourists, then this is the pizzeria for you.

Pro Tip: Try a special pie from the menu’s extensive pizza menu. Available toppings include smoked burrata, friarielli and chanterelle mushrooms.

Pizzeria da Salvatore is located at Piazza S. Tomaso, 6, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.

Berberè

Anchovy Pizza at Berbere in Verona Italy

This artfully prepared anchovy pizza at Berberè surprised us with the quality of its ingredients and excellent dough.

Our Verona pizza research led us to Berberè, the Verona outpost of a well-regarded pizza operation started by two Calabrian brothers in Bologna back in 2010. We were attracted to the restaurant’s modern website and tempting menu filled with artisanal pizzas and craft beer.

Berberè prides itself in using organic ingredients and traditional pizza techniques. However, our expectations dipped when we approached the pizzeria situated just off touristic Piazza delle Erbe. Talk about an inauspicious location for good food, or so we thought.

Despite our initial trepidations, we’re pleased to report that both of our pizzas were excellent. We adored our pie with Cetara anchovies, Salina capers, marinated red onion and fiordilatte mozzarella for its strong flavors and satisfying mouth bite. We equally enjoyed our pie topped with Prosciutto crudo from Norica, burrata, fiodilatte mozzarella and orange-infused oil.

In case you’re wondering, our beers were good too.

Pro Tip: Request hot oil if you like spicy flavors. Berberè uses peppers from Calabria to create a potent yet tasty condiment.

Berberè is located at Via Pellicciai, 2, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Du de Cope

Guanciale Pizza at Pizzeria Du De Cope in Verona Italy

Don’t miss the Guanciale di Sauris pizza when you dine at Due de Cope in Verona.

Du De Cope holds a special place in our heart for being the very first stop on our week-long Verona food tour. Not wanting to miss a bite, we met a friend for pizza and wine less than an hour after our arrival. We literally dropped off our bags and dashed to the center of town for dinner at the popular pizzeria.

We immediately got a good vibe from the colorful, boisterous dining room filled with couples and families alike. A benefit of being a threesome was comfortably sharing a trio of pies. We rarely complain when sharing means more pizza to taste.

Not that it was a contest, but the Guanciale di Sauris pie was the winning pizza of the night. Starting with a cereal flour dough, the pie was topped with Guanciale, tomato sauce, burrata, fresh tomatoes, basil, and olives and parmesan cheese. We also liked the Capricciosa pie with generous amounts of tomato sauce, buffalo mozzarella, mushrooms, artichokes, anchovies, black olives, capers, oregano and parmesan cheese.

The restaurant’s team clearly thought of every detail when they opened Due de Cope in 2004. Though it wasn’t our favorite Verona pizzeria, we enjoyed experiencing its creative pizza and boisterous atmosphere.

Pro Tip: Skip wine and stick to beer at this pizzeria. The beer selection is more interesting and less expensive.

Du De Cope is located at Galleria Pellicciai, 10, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Additional Verona Pizzerias

Pizza Maker at Berbere in Verona Italy

The best Verona pizzerias slice meat and cook pizzas to order.

Three pizzas may not be enough during your time in Verona. If this is the case, consider checking out the following additinal Verona pizzerias:

Cheap Eats Verona

Cheap Eats at the Bagel Store in Verona Italy

Open wide! It’s time for Verona cheap eats.

Not every Verona meal needs to be epic in price or time commitment to be enjoyable. When you want to eat well but for less money, check out the following cheap eats options:

Tigella Bella

Lunch at Tigella Bella in Verona Italy

Tigella Bella bakes its special bread and serves them with a wide variety of spreads, cheese and meat.

Let’s cut to the chase. The best part about eating at Tigella Bella is the view of the Adige River. Diners who sit outside will be rewarded with a riverside view while they enjoy a leisurely meal at this casual Verona eatery

The restaurant has other items on the menu beside tigelle but ignore those. Instead, order tigelle with cured meats and spreads. Since the restaurant has an overwhelming number of choices, we let the server select a dozen condiments that included ten savory spreads and two sweet ones.

Did we mention that we shared a platter for one person during our meal? Yes, the food in the photo above cost us under €20 including a big bottle of sparkling water, and it was more than enough.

Pro Tip: Request an outdoor table when you dine at Tigella Bella. Otherwise, you’ll kick yourself later for missing the view.

Tigella Bella is located at Via Sottoriva, 24, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo

Cichetti and Wine at Caffe Monte Baldo in Verona Italy

If you can’t make it to Venice, you can get your Cichetti experience at Caffè Monte Baldo in Verona instead.

Cichetti bars are quite the rage in Venice, but visitors to Verona can experience Cichetti culture when they visit Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo. This popular spot serves a range of small snacks like the meat-topped toasts we shared with glasses of house wine.

Sure, you can eat a full meal at Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo but the true value is in the snacks. Not only are they cheap, but these snacks won’t make you too full before you go to sleep.

Pro Tip: Order several snacks. You can’t make a bad choice when the price is under €2 per item.

Osteria Caffè Monte Baldo is located at Via Rosa, 12, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Bagel Store

Bagel Sandwich at Bagel Store in Verona Italy

We were pleasantly surprised to find well-constructed bagel sandwiches at the Bagel Store in Verona.

Bagels in Italy? That’s what we said when we passed by the Bagel Store on the way back to our Airbnb apartment. Intrigued by the concept, we returned later in the week to check it out.

As self-proclaimed bagel experts who have eaten bagels in cities as varied as Montreal, Riga, Budapest and Cape Town, we were curious to sample the Verona version. As an homage to our location, we ordered the Italy sandwich with prosciutto, burrata, arugula, red onion and pesto on a poppy seed bagel.

Sure, we could have ordered a bagel with lox, but what would have been the fun with that? We much preferred trying the Italian take on a bagel sandwich. The ingredients were of place and the bagel was good.

Pro Tip: Stop by for a late night ‘American Sweets’ like cupcakes and brownies. These treats practically guarantee sweet dreams.

Bagel Store is located at Lungadige Porta Vittoria, 3/a, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.

Pastry Shops and Cafes

Millefoglie at Dolce Locanda in Verona Italy6

The millefoglie at Dolce Locanda is a culinary work of art… and it tastes divine too.

Savvy food travelers will want to visit Verona at the end of the year when its most famous desserts are available. The holiday season is the time to indulge in Pandoro and Ofello cakes. However, Verona’s industrious bakers create excellent pastries on a daily basis throughout the year.

Check out the following Verona pastry shops and cafes if you have a sweet tooth or two:

Dolce Locanda

Gloria De Negri at Dolce Locanda in Verona Italy

Chef Gloria de Negri took time from baking pastries to pose for our photo. She was just as sweet as her sugary creations.

What happens when a two-star Michelin chef opens a traditional Italian pasticceria? If that chef happens to be Giancarlo Perbellini, then the results are a Verona cafe that rivals any in Paris or Vienna.

Perbellini runs a bit of a culinary empire in Verona with his flagship Casa Perbellini as well as smaller restaurants like Due de Cope featured above. However, if you only have time to check out one, make it Dolce Locanda.

Raspberry Cheesecake at Dolce Locanda in Verona Italy

We practically devoured this miniature cheesecake filled with raspberry sauce. It was that good.

At first glance, Dolce Locanda is a simple pastry shop with a coffee bar. However, one taste will reveal the pasticerria to be a mandatory stop for all dessert lovers who visit Verona.

After sharing a small raspberry cheesecake, we were fans. By the time we dug into a small slice of the shop’s millefoglie, we were super fans.

This creamy, crunchy work of art, layered with flaky millefuille and luxurious pastry cream rivals any Napoleon we’ve eaten in France. Dolce Locanda’s version, stuffed with chocolate chips, is beyond extraordinary.

Seriously, do NOT miss this shop when you visit Verona. Eat at the cafe. Buy some desserts to enjoy later. Also, buy a bottle of artisan honey by Trentino producer Mieli Thun as an edible souvenir.

Pro Tip: Try Perbellini’s popular Ofella Christmas cake if you visit Verona during the holiday season. We’re considering a return trip in November to try it for ourselves.

Dolce Locanda is located at Via Valerio Catullo, 12, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Caffè Borsari

Caffe Borsari in Verona Italy

Caffè Borsari is a local institution in Verona. The popular cafe literally oozes history in its dimly-lit space filled with teapots and other tchotchkes.

It’s no secret that we’re not big fans of traditional Italian coffee. Trust us – we tried to love the stuff during a month in Naples, but our coffee preferences skew toward lighter roasted, single-sourced specialty coffee.

At one point, we thought we had found a specialty coffee shop in Verona but it didn’t pan out. Instead, we satisfied our morning cravings at traditional cafes like cozy Caffè Borsari.

Chocolate Cappuccino at Caffe Borsari in Verona Italy

We’re not typically fans of chocolate in our cappuccino. However, we couldn’t resist Caffè’ Borsari’s version once we saw it.

Decked out in colorful teapots and speckled counter-tops, this coffee shop has a 60-year history that you’ll feel immediately. Table space is limited, but that shouldn’t stop you from trying their incredible, dense hot chocolates, frothy cappuccinos, and airy brioches. Borsari’s a favorite of locals and visitors alike and for good reason.

During our first visit, we ordered cappuccinos and cornettos but soon realized our mistake. The cafe’s specialty is artistic chocolate cappuccinos like none we had seen before. After tasting the decadent drink, we were fans for life.

Pro Tip: Don’t be deterred if you need to wait a few minutes to secure a table or spot at the bar. Your wait at the tiny cafe will be worth it.

Caffè Borsari is located at Corso Porta Borsari, 15, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Café Carducci

Cafe Caruducci Dining Room in Verona Italy

We like the vibe at Cafe Carducci in Verona. The intimate cafe has been owned and operated by the same Verona family since 1928.

A popular aperitivo destination in the evening for locals, Café Carducci is a great spot to start the day with a cappuccino and light bite. We enjoyed sfogliatina pastries one morning and small piadina sandwiches another morning during our week in Verona. Needless to say, we drank cappuccinos both mornings.

Pro Tip: Francophiles can satisfy their cheese cravings at Café Carducci. The cafe’s cheese counter features a variety of French and Italian cheese favorites. This also makes Carducci an ideal spot for an early evening aperitivo.

Café Carducci is located at Via Giosuè Carducci, 12, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.

Pasticceria Cordioli

Pastries at Pasticceria Cordioli in Verona Italy

Pasticceria Cordioli serves a wide selection of typical Verona pastries in the heart of the city.

We ogled the Torta di Verona in the window case at Pasticceria Cordioli several times before we finally walked through the pastry shop’s welcoming doors. What we found was a pastry shop that sells dozens of pastry options, many featuring marzipan and chocolate.

Initially overwhelmed by the selection of Veronese pastries, a friendly clerk patiently directed us to her favorites. We especially liked the shop’s risino with its pie crust exterior and rice custard filling.

Pro Tip: Verona is a city with its own pastry specialties. This is a great spot to enjoy one or several.

Pasticceria Cordioli is located at Via Cappello, 37, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Antica Pasticceria Piazza Isolo

Cornetto Antica Pasticceria Piazza Isolo in Verona Italy

Filled with zabaglione cream, this pastry at Antica Pasticceria Piazza Isolo was the best cornetto we ate in Verona.

Antica Pasticceria Piazza Isolo is a quiet cafe where a visitor can enjoy a breakfast and cappuccino. The local shop sells a variety of pastries in addition to a selection of excellent cornettos. The shop also sells decorated cakes fit to celebrate a birthday or other special occasion.

Pro Tip: You can eat a zabaglione cornetto any day of the week. Antica Pasticceria Isolo is open from Monday to Sunday.

Antica Pasticceria Piazza Isolo is located at Basement of Acqua Morta, 70B, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.

Verona Gelaterias

Gelato Server at Gelateria La Romana in Verona Italy

Eating gelato in Verona causes everybody to smile.

We’ve been big fans of Italian gelato every since we devoured our first cones of gelato in Bologna back in 2010. We solidified our love by taking a class at Carpigiani’s gelato university several years later.

As certified gelato connoisseurs, we were pleased to discover several excellent gelaterias in Verona. Check out the following Verona gelaterias if you’re an ice cream fan too:

Gelateria Ponte Pietra

Gelato Cone at Gelateria Ponte Pietra Verona in Verona Italy

Two scoops are better than one at Gelateria Ponte Pietra Verona.

Practically at the foot of the Adige River by the Ponte Pietra bridge, Gelateria Ponte Pietra has been serving excellent gelato in Verona since 1999. The popular gelateria also serves Sicilian granitas, milkshakes and brioche sandwiches filled with gelato.

During our visit, we shared a double-dip cone with White Chocolate Pistachio on the bottom and Stracciatella on top. Both flavors hit us in the face with their bright flavors and creamy texture. We licked the cone until the gelato was gone and then we ate the cone.

We’re not saying that Gelateria Ponte Pietra is our favorite Verona gelateria. That being said, it’s the first gelateria we’ll visit when we return to Verona. Okay, it was our favorite.

Pro Tip: Spend an extra euro to get a cone coated with chocolate and nuts for optimal gelato enjoyment.

Gelateria Ponte Pietra is located at Via Ponte Pietra, 13, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato

Gelato Cup at Zeno Ice Cream And Chocolate in Verona Italy

Amarone wine added a sophisticated touch to our gelato at Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato. Cherries and pears added the fun.

The only Verona gelateria awarded ‘three cones’ by Gambero Rosso, Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato takes pride in crafting gelato with ingredients procured from local farmers, cheesemakers and winemakers. Yes, winemakers.

Though we were tempted by the gelateria’s simple flavors like milk cream and its exotic flavors like peanut salt and beer, we couldn’t resist eating gelato featuring the Veneto’s king of wines. With this in mind, we shared a cup of creamy gelato made with pears, cherries and, of course, Amarone wine.

We enjoyed the experience of queuing with locals who jam this tiny gelateria on a nightly basis. We also enjoyed eating the gelato. Most of all, we enjoyed strolling along the Adige River before and after our visit.

Pro Tip: Buy chocolate pralines and truffles if you visit Verona during the winter months. The gelateria produces artisan chocolate from November to Easter.

Zeno Gelato e Cioccolato is located at Via Sant’Alessio, 6, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.

Gelateria Savoia

Gelato Cone at Gelateria Savoia Verona in Verona Italy

Don’t let your gelato cone from Gelateria Saovia melt. It’s too good to waste.

Open since 1939, Gelateria Savoia could easily rest on its laurels and serve simple gelato flavors to its generations of fans. Instead, the historic gelato pushes the ice cream envelope with its creamy offerings.

After almost ordering one of the gelateria’s penguin gelato popsicles, we instead shared a cone topped with two flavors – Amarena (cherry) and Grappa with Amarone wine and cake crumbles. We can’t say that this is the best gelato in Verona but its unique flavors are worth a visit or two.

Pro Tip: Gelateria Savoia is located on the edge of Piazza Brà. Stop by for a cone or penguin pop when you’re in the neighborhood.

Gelateria Savoia is located at Via Roma, 1/B, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Gelateria La Romana

Gelato Cones at Gelateria La Romana in Verona Italy

We ate these ice cream cones at Gelateria La Roman in Verona.

Originally opened in 1947 in Rimini, Gelateria La Romana now has dozens of gelaterias throughout Italy and in countries like Spain, Germany and Austria. More importantly, the artisan ice cream chain opened its Verona location in 2013.

Locals line up to eat cones topped with freshly prepared gelato at this shop away from the maddening crowds. They choose from funky flavors like Stracciatella Grand Cru and Mint Licorice with Pink Salt as well as from standard flavors like Lemon and Strawberry.

Regardless of their choices, customers get gelato made with ingredients like organic milk, eggs from land-based farms and freshly whipped cream. More importantly, the gelato tastes good.

Pro Tip: Ask the server to add either milk chocolate or white chocolate sauce to the bottom of your cone. It’s free!

Gelateria La Romana is located at Piazza Santo Spirito, 9, 37122 Verona VR, Italy.

Il Mustacchio Verona

Gelato Cone at Il Mustacchio Verona in Verona Italy

Il Mustacchio is a new addition to the Verona gelato scene. Why not give it a try?

We trekked to Il Mustacchio Verona in the hopes of combining gelato with specialty coffee. Our hopes didn’t exactly come to fruition since the gelateria’s coffee preparation was nothing special. However, we still enjoyed eating a cold gelato cone on a hot day at this sleek, modern gelateria

Pro Tip: You can combine a visit to Il Mustacchio with a visit to Basilica di San Maggiore. It’s just a 10-minute walk between the two locations.

Il Mustacchio Verona is located at Via Luigi Galvani, 31, 37138 Verona VR, Italy.

Drinks

Cocktails at Archivio in Verona Italy

Cheers to Verona! We drank these crafted cocktails at Archivio. Note the recyclable straw in each glass.

You will undoubtedly be thirsty after eating your way through Verona. Luckily, the city has a multitude of watering holes where you can whet your whistle.

Whether you want to enjoy pre-dinner aperitvo or post-dinner drinks, you won’t be disappointed with the following beverage options in Verona:

Cocktails

Jacobo Bellomi Tends Bar at Archivio in Verona Italy

Mixologists like Archivio’s Jacabo Bellomi are shaking up the cocktail scene in Verona.

It’s easy to drink in Verona. Local establishments serve Aperol Spritzes by the barrel while wine flows as freely as the Adige. However, finding crafted cocktails is more of a challenge. At least it was for us until we stumbled upon Archivio on a quiet alley in the center of town.

Archivio’s mixologists serve a sophisticated slate of cocktails using premium liquors and exotic ingredients. During our multiple visits to the tiny cocktail bar, we drank seasonal cocktails like the Belafonte and Jungle Bird, though we were tempted to order others like their Asian Mule and Lobby Boy. We opted against standard spritzes, but they make those too.

Specialty cocktails at the time of our visit ranged in price from €6 to €8, a relative bargain for crafted specialty drinks.

Pro Tip: If you don’t feel like joining friendly locals who flow onto Archivio’s sidewalk, grab a seat in the bar’s back room.

Archivio is located at Via Rosa, 3c, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Wine

Selfie at Antica Bottega del Vini in Verona Italy

We don’t regret drinking a lot of wine in Verona from reasonable Ripasso to Amarone. Our only regret is that we didn’t buy more bottles to enjoy after our visit.

Verona is a wine lover’s paradise.

Located in the Veneto and less than a half hour drive to Valpolicella, Verona is the epicenter for drinking wines like Amarone, Soave, Bardolino and Ripasso. It’s no coincidence that Vinitaly, the wine community’s epic annual expo, occurs in Verona each and every year.

Wine isn’t difficult to find in Verona even for more casual wine drinkers. Seeking out an enoteca is not necessary since wine is available at restaurants and cafes at all hours of the day. Though we don’t recommend it, travelers can start their day with a glass of wine instead of a cup of cappuccino. What?!

Both Antico Bottega del Vino and Trattoria Pane e Vino are great spots to drink local varietals with a meal or at the bar. See above for details on both recommended wine-focused restaurants.

Pro Tip: Take your Verona wine experience to the next level with a Wineries Dary Tour with Lunch or rent a car and tour the Valpolicella Valley on your own.

Beer

Craft Beer in Verona Italy

Italy is experiencing a craft beer moment and Verona is slowly joining the wave.

Finding craft beer in Verona takes a little work. At the end of the day, this is a wine city after all. But crafty craft beer fans will find their drink of choice at better bars around town.

This situation could change quickly with local brewers like Birra Mastino crafting modern brews like American IPAs and Baltic Porters. We enjoyed their Bavarian-style Helles, the perfect antidote to a hot Verona day, at a hole-in-the-wall bar near our Airbnb apartment.

Pro Tip: You can drink craft beer at Archivio (see above).

Markets & Specialty Shops

Green Tomatoes in Verona Italy

Tomatoes in Italy floor us every time. We found these beauties while wandering the streets of Verona.

Italian cities typically have wonderful markets but this was not our experience in Verona. We had high hopes for the daily market at the Piazza delle Erbe but were disappointed by the touristic market that sells more tacky trinkets than fresh produce. Chasing the city’s neighborhoods markets that move around the city on a daily basis proved only a bit more fruitful.

We later heard that nearby Padua’s 800-year old market is the kind of market we tried to find in Verona. After looking at photos of the epic AgroAlimentare Market of Padua, we agree. We’re adding this market to our itinerary the next time we’re in the Veneto.

Pro Tip: Skip the disappointing Market delle Erbe and instead shop for tomatoes and other vegetables at produce stands and grocery stores throughout the city. Not only will you find wonderful bounty, but you’ll also have a shorter walk back to your hotel room or apartment.

Piazza delle Erbe Market is located at Piazza Erbe, 16, 37121 Verona VR, Italy.

Garage Coffee Bros.

Davide Cobelli at Garage Coffee Bros. Roastery in Verona Italy

David Cobelli loves coffee as much as we do. He also loves his environmentally friendly IMF gas coffee roaster.

After getting a hot tip from a barista at Forno Brisa in Bologna, we thought we had found a specialty coffee shop in Verona to satisfy our daily caffeine needs. Upon schlepping to the other side of the Porta Nuova train station, we quickly realized that Garage Coffee Bros. is actually a coffee distributor and not a cafe. Oops!

Coffee at Garage Coffee Bros. Roaster in Verona Italy

For coffee lovers, the smell of fresh coffee brewing is a beautiful thing.

After we inadvertently barged into his office, partner/bro Davide Cobelli took pity on us and brewed us coffee from his personal stash before giving us a tour of his modern roasting operation. Along with real-life brother Andrea, Cobelli sources freshly harvested green coffee beans from countries like Colombia, Brazil, Ethiopia and Kenya before roasting them in Verona.

Sure, we were disappointed that Verona does not yet have a specialty coffee shop but we were equally pleased to meet a kindred spirit in Cobelli. People like him give us hope for Italy’s slow but steady entrance into coffee’s third wave.

Pro Tip: Order roasted beans directly from the Garage Coffee Bros. website.

Garage Coffee Bros. is located at Via Anton Maria Lorgna, 21, 37136 Verona VR, Italy.

Ettogrammo

Grains at Ettogrammo in Verona Italy

Eating healthy is no sacrifice when you shop the colorful shelves at Ettogrammo in Verona.

A stroll through Verona’s streets will quickly reveal a multitude of excellent specialty shops selling cheese, meat, wine and other food products. These shops turn every city walk into a potential shopping expedition.

During our walks, we were pleased to discover Ettogrammo, a sustainable entry to Verona’s specialty market scene. The zero waste shop sells grains, dried fruit, beans, flour, herbs, spices, seeds, pasta, bread and wine to customers with an eye to the future of our planet.

Pro Tip: Bring a canvas bag when you shop at Ettogrammo Plastic bags are NOT provided.

Ettogrammo is located at Basement of Acqua Morta, 48 / e, 37129 Verona VR, Italy.

Wine Tasting in Valpolicella

Wine Tasting at Azienda Agricola Spada in Valpolicella Italy

Tasting wine in nearby Valpolicella is one of the best things to do in Verona. We enjoyed an excellent tasting at Azienda Agricola Spada just a half hour drive from the city.

Just a short drive from Verona, Valpolicella is prolific when it comes to producing Denominazione di Origine Controllata (DOC) wine in Italy. In other words, this region produces great wine and a lot of it.

We knew we wanted to head to the hills during our time in Verona. Leaving Veneto without seeing the sloping land where Corvina, Rondinella, and Molinara grapes grow was simply not an option.

As it turns out, visiting Valpolicella from Verona is as simple as scheduling a tour or renting a car. We fully planned to do one of these two options before fortuity stepped in under the guise of like-minded friends in town with a car.

Pro Tip: Not into wine? Take a day trip to Lake Garda instead.

Azienda Agricola Spada

Francesco Spada at Azienda Agricola Spada in Valpolicella Italy

Francesco Spada stands proudly at his family’s 10-hectare wine farm in Valpolicella.

All roads led to Azienda Agricola Spada when we left Verona with Chef Dennis Litteley and his lovely wife Lisa. We just didn’t know it until we arrived unannounced at the family-owned wine farm.

After sussing us up, winemaker Francesco Spada warmly invited us to tour the estate that his family has been harvesting since 1910. We took a quick tour of the expansive land where the family grows its grapes and then peeked into one of Spada’s aging rooms filled with oak barrels. Before we knew it, the real fun began…

Wine Barrels at Azienda Agricola Spada in Valpolicella Italy

Spada’s aging room is where the wine magic happens. It’s also a great place to park a scooter.

You guessed it. The highlight of our visit was tasting five of the winery’s signature wines including Valpolicella, Ripasso and Amarone. Spada saved the best for last – a bottle of 2011 Amarone Classico Riserva aged in French oak. As we nibbled on snacks and sipped some of the best wine in the world, there was nowhere else on earth where we wanted to be.

Pro Tip: Book a Spada wine tasting experience at least 24 hours in advance. Options include a free counter tasting or a fuller experience like ours for just €15 per person. Click here for more details.

Azienda Agricola Spada is located at Via Villa Girardi, 26, 37029 San Pietro In Cariano VR, Italy.

Things To Do in Verona

Verona Arena in Verona Italy

Don’t miss the Arena when you visit Verona.

Now that you know where to eat and drink in Verona, you can concentrate on the city’s many activities. Here are a handful that go beyond balconies and churches for you to consider:


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Fontanna Madonna Verona Fountain in Verona Italy

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We thank the Verona Tourist Office for providing us with access to many of the city’s notable attractions to facilitate this article. We personally researched and funded all of our meals and travel expenses in Verona.

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Saveur Magazine's BEST TRAVEL BLOG award winners Daryl and Mindi Hirsch share their culinary travel experiences on the 2foodtrippers website and YouTube. The married Food and Travel content creators live in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Comments

      1. Truly an amazing report on your trip to Verona! A lot of love, time, and patience went into this article, and it really shows. Thanks for a great read!

  1. Oh my, we were on the maddest rush through Verona when we were there on a stop-over. We only covered Romeo and Juliet’s balcony but wow, we certainly missed out on these incredible food recommendations. Would have especially loved to try the thick spaghetti. Thanks for giving us great reasons to go back!

  2. I need to go to Verona next time I go to Italy again, just for the food. My mouth is watering.

  3. Now Im hungry!

    Verona is definatly on my bucketlist of places to visit in Italy. I really love that country, mainly because of the great food.

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