In Verona, city of lovers Romeo and Juliette, there are some places that are "like" the homes they'd have if they really had lived. As in, R & J were fictional. Shock! I know. I'm still reeling from the horror of being told, "Nick Carroway is fictional." What?
Anyway, this restaurant, in what I think is an ideal city, ancient as Romans (and probably earlier) and as modern as Mercedes SUV's buzzing around the cobblestone streets, is a subtly lit (important to me), low-slung, cozy place to enjoy a meal.
We went as part of a group of 22 college students and 4 adults, so we had a group rate and a special (limited) menu.
Pappardelle with Duck Sauce: The meat here is different. This sauce is like a Bolognese in texture, ground duck like ground beef, on my favorite pasta, pappardelle. An inch wide and tender to the tooth, it's pure heaven. The portions are generous, and I can rarely finish them, when expected to also order a "secondi," or second course.
Insalate: a work of art salad was my choice for a 2d course. I just couldn't eat more meat, although most others have no problem with this.
My husband had a steak of horse meat. Horse and donkey meat are specialties of the north of Italy, so expect it. I just can't partake of Mr. Ed, Black Beauty or Trigger. Just not happening.
We lingered, had espresso, desserts. We tasted Panna Cotta, Semi-freddo and other lovely, house-made "dolci."
If you want simply-prepared, regional fare, this is a great place.
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