We spent 24 hours in Verona and found that there is much more to love beyond a solemn balcony filled with stolen kisses. Verona is all about modern love with historic flavour.
El Cuciar is the perfect spot to welcome the morning with a cup of coffee and light breakfast of fresh orange juice and a croissant while you admire the Cathedral of Santa Maria Matricolare, watching as the sun’s early rays touch this historic monument and gradually light up the dark corners of the square.
Piazza Duomo 6A, Verona 37121
389 188 4167
If you like a rich breakfast head to Elk Bakery. Infused with a Brooklyn-meets-Copenhagen kind of spirit, this place stands out in Verona for its ultra-local’s address, hipster design and international breakfast dishes from eggs benedict to NY-style bagels, as well as vegan and vegetarian dishes. Great spot for weekend brunches.
Via IV Novembre, 1A, 37126 Verona VR
045 834 8880
While Stefano, the owner of Mondodoro, served us lunch like princes, we’re sure that dinner is equally impressive. His poise and northern elegance are hard to ignore. Located at a small passage just off the main shopping road, the restaurant’s style is a reflection of the owner’s sophisticated style. We asked that he choose the wine, and he did not disappoint. The menu is a mix of classic and modern dishes. In Italy, tradition is religion. Risotto with fresh vegetables and fish from Lago di Garda were served in generous portion alongside freshly baked bread. The mixed green salad on the side, sprinkled with crunchy nuts and spring flowers are a culinary symphony.
Via Mondo d’Oro 4, Verona 37121
Tel 045 894 9290
Classic goes far, and Ristorante Ponte Pietra is the ultimate destination for this kind of local experience. Located at a charming corner just by Ponte Pietra (Stone Bridge) whose first stones were set 2000 years ago, the restaurant was designed with lots of mirrors, where glasses hang from every angle, from the bar to the narrow overhead shelves willing to hold up the crystal ware. Sparkling lights twinkle everywhere, and setting are elegantly set up with plush seating and restored furniture from the 1800s. Relaxed romance is the order of the day. Under the direction of Veronese chef Michael Silhavi, guests get a taste for traditional cuisine with ingredients sourced by local suppliers, and yet, the young chef manages to infuse a sparkling spirit into his dishes. Start with the Roasted Scallops "Carbonara Style" with Asparagus and dive straight to the second course with either the Yellowtail with White Asparagus, Lemon and Bottarga or Patanegra Pluma, Peas, Beetroot and smoked Paprika.
Via Ponte Pietra 34, Verona 37121
045 8041 929
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Caffe Monte Baldo is one of those places that will have you smiling while you sip your glass of wine, watching the locals gather for wine o’clock, waitresses ushering out platters of fresh Veronese tapas, and historic interiors so prominent it must mean passionately ‘Made in Italy’. Order a glass of Veronese ‘Lugana’ (white wine) or prosecco from Franciacorta, alongside a selection of 12 tapas from all combinations and live the moment. The pace out front is relaxed and happening, the place to be, while other diners may opt for a dinner indoors at the osteria. Choose this as a starting point for the evening.
Via Rosa 12, Verona 37121
045 803 0579
Locanda della Seconda Balena is a quaint wine bar could not be situated anywhere more appropriate. Its location is classic Italian, along a narrow alleyway, with lounge chairs spilling out onto the narrow passage. The interiors have been restored but only delicately decorated, leaving history to speak for itself. Here, empty wine bottles serve an immediate after life as converted vases while the settled flowers emit their sweet perfumes. Experiment with the region’s wonderful wines and if pre-dinner tummy growls take over, the bar’s appetizers will definitely warm and open your palette.
2 Vicolo Balena, Verona 37121
045 493 6382
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It is impossible to pass the window display and not notice the particular selection of items set at the window, a mix between Italian sophistication and French Riviera chic. Ensembles of lovely dresses with distinct accessories, weekend wear for men highlighted by the perfect pair of jeans and a sophisticated jacket. There is something different about the home-curated collection at CorsoQuindici, not what you would expect to see or much less find, not even in Milan. The interiors are equally impressive with artwork and furniture selected by the owner Maurizio, who ‘got it’ as far as exceptional taste goes. The first floor of this fashion atelier is dedicated to the men’s collection and accessories; upstairs is the women’s collection with items that will have you biting your lip with intrigue. Items here are worth the investment.
Corso S.Anastasia 15A, Verona 37121
045 800 4092
Born in 2009 with a pair of well-made culottes that took Italian market by storm, Momonì understood the importance of using soft, pleasant fabric to the everyday garment, rendering it a kind of jewel or accessory. Since then, the company launched a collection of clothing whose guiding principle is simple and refined lines. That doesn’t mean the garments lack feminine appeal, on the contrary. The soft fabrics flow so elegantly it is hard not to touch. The unexpected details are playful and hint at the designers’ passionate eyes. With shops in Paris, Florence and Bologna, this is a shop to know and keep an eye out for on the international scene.
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Corso Sant’Anastasia 10, Verona 37121
045 237 1332
What will first catch your eye is the wonderful tapestry hanging around this textile atelier. The pieces are true works of art, so much so that you wonder why one might throw carpets on the ground in the first place. Whether you hang them or ultimately lounge on them in the end, that is up to the client. Lorenzo Zoccatelli of Origini Tappeti brings meticulous works of art from the Far East – China to Iran and Turkey – and masters of textile in Italy. The innovative and wild finish is elegant and rustic, something to take home and take pride in. International shipping is arranged upon request, and particular order requests can be made for those interested.
Via Quattro Spade 5, Verona 37121
045 800 8885
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Late Night Drinks
‘The cure for everything’, the business card reads. There is a reason The Soda Jerk are doing good in running their affairs, too. The barmen at this secreted establishment know cocktails down to the last shot, and put their creative masterpieces on display on a long slab of marble stone, illuminated by minimal lighting. The hidden lounge bar behind the restored walls is intimate, cozy and intriguing, for you get a glimpse into Veronese nightlife. While most are lingering by the gates of Romeo and Juliet’s famous balcony, locals here have gone to the cave in search of something to call their modern own. Soda Jerk marks the spot. You can only get in by reservation.
Vicolo Quadrelli 5, Verona 37129
045 237 5108
We arrived after dinner, looking to get a glimpse into local nightlife and did not expect to find this place for people watching and an innocent flirtation. Terrazza Bar Al Ponte is indeed what it claims that itself to be – but with much more edge. If you can get a spot outside at the bar, overlooking the Adige River, there is not much need to move, unless you want to casually dance in and out of the lounge area to order a second round of drinks.
Via Ponte Pietra 26, Verona 37121
045 927 5032
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