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Verona: Food and Gelato

8 Apr 2010  I'm a budget traveler who likes to eat well, but also find what the locals are eating!
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Food finds, good and bad, in Verona

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  • 1. Gelateria Artigianale Ponte Pietra,

    There is no sign on the outside of this amazing gelato shop or gelateria. But what you will find is a constant stream of people, up to 30 at a time, going to this little shop.
    The gelato while some of the cheapest in town is also the best. The flavors are true, but varied. I had the chocolate, the "mon cheri" with cherry liquor, sacher (dark chocolate with candied apricots) and cannella (tastes like cremy chai latte). The shop owners are friendly and gracious.
    Above is a link to a blogger's take on the place as well as the address.
    When in Verona, don't miss this gem!

  • 2. Ristorante Pizzaria Redentore

    Lovely little place next to the Teatro Romano. They have a huge assortment of pizzas as well as seasonal dishes. I had the Tropea pizza which was mozzarella, roasted potatoes, caramelized onions with pancetta literally melted on top. It was amazing! The house white was good, not too dry and not too sweet.
    The menu on the website is merely a sampling as the actual menu is much larger. The seasonal menu when I was there included risotto with asparagus and quiche lorraine made with local produce.
    The atmosphere is warm and cozy even if it is a wide open space.
    My luck during this trip wasn't that great and sadly I only got to eat here once as the day I wanted to have lunch, they were repainting.
    Don't hesitate to make the hike out of the busy city at night to this lovely restaurant.

  • 3. Osteria Giulietta e Romeo
    Osteria Giulietta e Romeo, Verona, Province of Verona

    This place was recommended to me by the owner of the B & B I stayed at.
    Full disclosure: I never ate here. Why? It was always booked full. For three days I attempted to get in without reservations and failed along with all the others who would walk in behind me looking for a table.
    The set menu is 15 euros for a first and second course. It looked amazing. The location is nice and the decor looked homey and welcoming.
    I was sad not to be able to call for reservations, but obviously this place is good!

  • 4. Piazza delle Erbe cafes

    There are several outdoor seating areas here. Many different cafes with various menus. Mostly you're here for the view and the people watching, but the prices are somewhat reasonable.
    At least enjoy a drink in the sunshine!

  • 5. Patagonia Gelateria on Via Mazzini

    One of the biggest disappointments (food-wise) of my trip. It had great reviews but compared to Ponte Pietra, it didn't stand up.
    I had the Nutella and Pistachio flavors. The pistachio was very rich and a true flavor, but the Nutella was horrible! I'm a big Nutella fan and it didn't taste anything like Nutella. It tasted like sweet cream and nothing else. I kept eating it hoping to catch the actual flavor, but it never came. It was very poorly done.
    The worst part was the actual service. The two scoops were the most expensive gelato I had paid for in Northern Italy (2.50) and I gave the server a 10. Before I could protest, she put a panna (piece of waffle) in my cup which added another 50 cents to the price. I did NOT request it at all! When she came back with my change, she only gave me 3 euros back. I questioned her and said I gave a 10 (all in Italian) and she acted as if I was trying to cheat the gelateria. I eventually got the right change, but never did get the 50 cents for the panna I didn't want.
    Overall, very poor experience considering it was expensive and pretty tasteless.