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Jan 17, 2012 08:16 AM

Recommended restaurants (with outdoor space) for wedding reception - Near but outside Verona City

I apologize if this has been covered in a prior post. I remember seeing some discussion about the best restaurants in Valpolicella, but I can't find that post anymore. I am looking for a restaurant at which to host my wedding reception. Ideally, there would be some outdoor space, a garden, where we can have aperitivo in the afternoon sun, and then dinner either inside or outside. Delicious food is definitely a priority for me and my guests. I prefer not-too-fancy, but authentic and simple.
Does anything like this exist? We are mostly staying near Negrar. Thanks so much!!

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  1. How many people will be attending the reception?

    1. If you don't receive specific recommendations, look for an agriturismo with a restaurant: they generally have indoor/outdoor spaces and serve authentic cuisine. You could start here:

      1. Have you looked at this place, Dall Rosa Alda, near Negrar?

        Its a Michelin Bib Gourmand with outdoor space.

        wondering what tme of year this will be - if summer, you may not want to be out roasting in the afternoon sun for your apertivi.

          1. re: Hungry Karen

            i think 120 people is a lot for most agriturismi to handle unless they regularly host weddings or other events.

            If you are unwilling to go with a wedding planner in the area, try googling "ceremony weddings events restaurant agriturismo Negrar Italy" and see what you come up with. If you come up with zilch, substitute "verona" for Negrar and/or "relais" for "agriturismo". If you come up with anything promising, see if you can dig up reviews by googling the name of the place + "reviews".

            To plan such a big event, you need to be able to talk the same language as the venue owners and cooks. Even if you'd rather pick your own place, if you don't speak Italian, you might want to engage the services of an event planner who is fluent in both Italian and English.

            In addition to protection against sun, I think you need to be sure you can also move indoors or under a tent in case of a shower. The Veneto is lush because it rains more than, say, Sicily.

            Good luck and congratulations!

          2. JenK: Early September. We'd have umbrellas set-up.

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            1. re: Hungry Karen

              Agree with BB. Id work with a planner for an event this large.