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Verona for 1 Night: Tre Marchetti or Bottega Dei Vini?

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tlubow May 19, 2008 08:59 AM

One dinner in Verona only. Can't decide. We want local flavor that isn't too polished. Suggestions?

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    intrepid RE: tlubow May 19, 2008 11:35 AM

    i like them both but go to marchetti dont miss their gnocchi

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      Indy 67 RE: tlubow May 21, 2008 04:56 AM

      The decanting ritual at Bottega dei Vini is a theatrical spectacle that is not to be missed. The food was delicious, but the lingering memory is the decanting extravaganza for our Amarone.

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        intrepid RE: Indy 67 May 21, 2008 08:08 AM

        their amarone risotto is great..not to be missed

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          tlubow RE: intrepid May 23, 2008 06:34 AM

          You're not making this easy! I was ready to go to Tre Marchetti and now I'm wavering again!

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            Joe H RE: tlubow May 29, 2008 10:16 AM

            http://www.ristorantelafontanina.com/ The Michelin starred Lan Fontanina is the best restaurant in Verona. It is also the most romantic restaurant on earth. Look closely at the photos in the link which were artificially lit to show the room: all of the light is candlelight in this eccentric temple to wine.

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              tlubow RE: Joe H May 29, 2008 11:56 AM

              Joe - It looks wonderful - It may be a little more formal than what I'm looking for. We are traveling with my 20 year old daughter and don't want anything too "romantic" or stuffy - but more of an informal, fun experience. We already booked Bottega del Vini, as Tre Marchetti is closed the week we will be there. Does Fontanina fit in the more informal, fun category?

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                Joe H RE: tlubow May 29, 2008 08:11 PM

                You could go in jeans-it will be an extraordinary experience. It is an extremely eccentric restaurant that I believe your daughter will love. It is not inexpensive-it does have a Michelin star. But, again, it is an extraordinarily personal, perhaps quirky restaurant unlike anywhere else that I have ever been. Certainly a great, lasting memory for all of you. So much, for myself, that I am building a vacation around returning to it this fall with my wife.

                I went by myself the first time...and still felt at home. It is THAT friendly, too. Stuffy is the absolute last thing this place is!

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                  tlubow RE: Joe H May 30, 2008 08:34 AM

                  If I change my reservation from Bottega del Vini that night to La Fontanina, then should we go to Bottega del Vini for lunch? We were planning to have lunch at Al Pompiere. Have you been to either?

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                    Joe H RE: tlubow May 30, 2008 12:19 PM

                    Al Pompiere about five or six years ago; we enjoyed it and would return. If you go to La Fontanina please post your thoughts on here when you return. Thanks.

      2. jen kalb RE: tlubow May 30, 2008 08:58 AM

        You said you wanted local flavor?

        this report includes the slowfood destinations in Verona, Al Pompiere and alla Isola which might be up your alley.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/267014

        we went to Alla Isola a couple years ago and the food was quite delicious. It is a small and very informal place (I mean it even had a playpen for the owning family's child, very sweet) in one area, with a larger dining room on the other side. The dishes I am recalling best were a horse stew dish (not everyone would go for this, but it was truly delicious) and some gnocchi. My husband had a pasta dish with duck ragu that I thought was rather dry. their stews are very good, as one would expect in a homestyle place. Ive heard great things about Alla Pompiere and think that is where I would go on a next trip to Verona.

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