If you sit outside you can have a view of the splendid Basilica di San Zeno. But the restaurant is indeed worth a visit in itself, not just for the view. It is a classic-style Italian restaurant, traditional style; more elegant than a simple trattoria but not luxurious. Nice table cloth and real napkins, good silverware, attentive service. The cuisine is traditional Verona and Veneto cooking – nice to find a restaurant that is not run by an exile from another region…
It is a good restaurant to visit if you want to try some of the regional specialities. They have an extensive menu to choose from. We were not so hungry when we were there so we tried some different kinds of pasta – well made and delicious. Service was very friendly, prices reasonable. The wine list was long with several famous names but also some more reasonable priced wines from the region – a very decent choice.
One of the benefits of Al Calmiere is that it will take you out of the old city centre (that sometimes can feel like a 51st American state…). It is only a short walk – 8 minutes from Castelvecchio or less than 15 min from Piazza Bra and the Arena – and it will take you through a part of Verona where Veronese people actually live and work. Well worth the walk to get a nice dinner in a good restaurant in a pretty town square.
Ristorante Al Calmiere, cucina nella tradizione veronese, Piazza San Zeno 10, 37123 Verona, ph 045 80 30 765, http://www.calmiere.com/
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