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Italian cuisine is one of the richest, most varied and most influential in the world, with a menu boasting of an abundance of various forms of mouth-watering pastas, pizzas and antipasti, all served with Italian passion and flair. When in Verona, choosing a restaurant to taste one of the many succulent Italian dishes will be a cultural exploration, with the only difficulty arising from having to choose between the profusion of alluring eateries around every Veronese corner, each equally enticing in aesthetics and aromas.
The two main areas for eating and drinking are Piazza Bra and Piazza Erbe, both of which are squares crammed full of cafes and restaurants. Out of the two squares, Piazza Erbe offers a better atmosphere, and a more local crowd, with Piazza Bra being the more touristy of the two. Otherwise, just wondering through the small streets of the historic center you will come across many a hidden little restaurant, offering traditional cuisine in an authentic setting. One of Verona’s most renowned restaurants is Ristorante Arche; a 130 year old fish and seafood restaurant. The food is outstanding- homegrown tomatoes, with fresh basil, sea bass ravioli, and baked sweet turbot with dragoncello. Otherwise, if wanting to dine in a crème de la crème location, head to Ristorante Re Teodorico which stands proud in the Verona hills, overlooking the Adridge River and the ancient Roman Theatre. The gourmet cuisine is excellent, being complimented by a fantastic selection of Italian and foreign wines.
When deciding on a perfect Pizzeria, Ristorante Pizzeria San Matteo is a unique choice, being restaurant made from a former church. The divine conversion makes for a truly atmospheric experience- memorial tablets of the walls, a crypt displayed through glass floor panels all to be admired as you dine. There pizza list is seriously extensive, and come out cheese laden, thin crusted and completely delicious. For a bargain bite and a seriously homey atmosphere, try Osteria al Duca, which is a family home turned restaurant. The specialty here is the horsemeat goulash (pastisada de caval), an age old traditional dish that won’t be found on any old Italian menu. Otherwise, Antico Caffee Dante is a fantastic place for some homemade pastries and a Caffee Latte, and the main spot to pick up on local gossip on a Sunday morning.