Shakespeare put Verona on the map, as one of Italy's most romantic destinations. In the Veneto region of Northeast Italy, Verona is a charming city that needs to be one of your Italy road trip stops. There's no shortage of places to eat and enjoy the sights. Some are better than others. We went on a mission to find the most authentic and unusual foodie finds in the city. We know you might not have a lot of time to try 30 different restaurants and cafes. So, instead of overwhelming you with a list of names, we focused on giving you three place you need to try for an authentic experience in Verona, with amazing food and drinks.
La Tradition: Wine Bar
Just steps from the Arena, this unassuming wine bar will delight you with over the top cheese and meat boards, small bites, local wines, desserts, and coffees. We stopped in for an afternoon feast, drinks and coffees. It's always packed, so be open to taking your wine and standing outside, too.
PROTIP: If you're looking for a quick and easy place to grab a coffee, stop in here. They have some of the best prices I have seen in Verona, with an espresso at only .90 cent EUR!
La Bottega della Gina: Street Food & Pasta-to-go
I'll never forget strolling along in Verona, and getting hit by the smell of truffle. My nose, literally led me to this gem of a pasta joint. If you want to experience Nonna's home cooking, you have to try this pasta shop. They have some seats, but it's also designed so you can take your pasta to go, and even order in bulk for home cooking, too. Their pasta is all hand made daily, and we had the pleasure of enjoying their truffle tortolini, ravioli, and gnocchi.
#PROTIP: Get it to go, and enjoy a lunchtime stroll through the city.
La Romana Verona: The Best Gelato Ever
You can't come to Italy without trying gelato at least once or twice. There's definitely no shortage of places to try in Verona, and it seems like every corner you turn, there's another shop. I have tried a few, and some seem so generic, overly sugary and just generically mass produced. Not Romana. Besides having an amazing ambiance, the gelato is probably the best I have ever tried in Italy. Locals flood this place, and it's always packed, so if you can't find a table, enjoy walking around the city, with your cone or cup of yummy sweet goodness. Staff speaks great English, and they even let you try a few to sample your favorites.
#PROTIP: Don't count calories, and indulge yourself here. It's worth every sweet bite.
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Thrill Seekers. Foodies.