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June 27, 2014 / Italian / By
Rachael

 

Verona is renowned for opera and Romeo and Juliet but it has another intriguing claim to fame with its culinary specialties. With divine places to eat out, tempting cake stores and exquisite food shops to explore there is no excuse to miss the culinary highlights of Verona. Here are a few to enjoy.

Horse on the Menu

One of the highlights of dining in Verona are the variations on a theme of horse or donkey. Cavallo (horse) and asino (donkey) make appearances in several Veronese specialties. Some of the best known include horse stew, otherwise known as Pastissada de Caval, and a delicious pasta sauce flavoured with donkey meat (Bigoli con ragu d'asino). Horse and donkey cooked meat is sometimes served shredded with balsamic vinegar and olive oil with salad. Several delis sell donkey salami as well as other varieties of this dried sausage.

Great Pasta

Pasta is found all over Italy but Verona is home to some distinctive varieties worth looking out for in restaurants. The huge pasta shapes or Bigoli are found in Verona, and visitors will also see varieties of tortelloni. One of the most popular is tortelli di zucca which is pumpkin filled pasta. Risotto and polenta also originated in Verona and the surrounding area. Gnocchi was also invented in the Veneto and these smalll potato dumplings are popular in Veronese restaurants.

Verona has some superb vegetable dishes which are mouthwatering. One of the best dishes to select on a menu here is melanzane e zucchini gringliate which is grilled aubergine and courgette served with mezzanello di monte cheese. The white asparagus from the Bassano del Grappa is another delicious specialty at its best in May. Soups and vegetables in pasta dishes are also very popular.

Wine

The area around Verona is renowned for wine growing and there are lots of tours to vineyards in the Veneto. Some of the most renowned wines in the world are found around here and tasting at least one is a must do in Verona. Prosecco is produced just north of Treviso and is the sparkling wine served in bars and as an aperitif. It is also mixed with cocktails and is an ingredient for the Bellini. Valpolicella wine is produced in the Veneto region and is a beautiful red variety. Classico Valpolicella comes from the area north of Verona whilst Superiore is the variety that has aged for a year. East of Verona the Soave grape is grown producing the dry white wine famous in this region. Bardolino and Amarone are other popular wines produced in the Veneto region and around Verona.

Walking around Verona is a culinary delight with tiny delis bursting with meats and cheeses, and cake shops selling delicious pastries and marzipan figures. It is easy to select a few items and make up a picnic here, or experience a long lunch at one of the many cafes. With an abundance of high quality food in the Veneto region, Verona has some superb places to taste the very best and enjoy good food.


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