My husband and I stumbled upon this place after visiting the Duomo, which is across the road. Naturally hesitant about eating in places close to tourist sites, I wasn't expecting much when we paused to look at the 'menu' notices pinned up outside. But am soooooo glad we did. Whilst Italian food is one of my favourites I find many places offer a standard fare and often not much if you're veggie (we're not but really like good veggie food) and definately nothing if you're vegan.
The friendly woman who served us spoke excellent English and some French, I think. We ate inside as it was just too hot to sit in the delightful courtyard out the back. The whole place lives up to it's 'retro' name with pieces of bric a brac, an area of seating where you could take a drink and read a book, old wooden crates for shelving and the fruit juice I had (more of that later) came in a glass jar with a lid! (Seems this is the 'thing' in Verona (Italy?) as we were served a Campari spritz in another bar in a jar too. Not sure about this trend. Spritz in a jar doesn't feel right to me but I digress!).
As we were flying home later that day we had decided to make this our main meal of the day and started with a small plate of cold meats and 2 types of cheese to share (they also do a large size) but a small one was plenty for 2 to share. My husband then had spaghetti with a duck ragu and I followed with fennel spaghetti with beetroot sauce which was a lovely vivid pink colour. There were also dishes such as chickpea and vegetable burgers (vegan) and gluten free pasta on the menu as well as various polenta dishes and salads. People nearby ordered sandwiches and they looked really nice too so there was something for everyone. My husband had a glass of wine and I had a fruit juice of apple, carrot and ginger which was delicious. Husband had a dessert - lemon sorbet with prosecco but also on the menu were various filo pastry tarts and tiramisu done in a semi-freddo way, so a little different from the ubiquitous one.
And the price for all of this? 39Euros which for a main meal for 2 is pretty good value.
This is a place I'd definately be a regular of if I were living here. Lovely relaxed atmosphere and highly recommended.
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