You can easily miss Il Ciottolo. It is on one of the main thoroughfares in Verona close to the most busy tourist areas. But it would be a mistake to miss it. It is excellent. It is a very simple, almost country style taverna; rough-cut wooden tables and chairs.
The food is also simple but very well made. They have a few hot dishes to choose from, including home made pasta of course. But they also have an excellent choice of charcuterie and cheese platters if you do not want a full meal.
If you take the charcuteries one you are likely to get a few slices of the very Italian aged pork fat – aged for a long time in marble troughs. Interesting!
The restaurant has a good but not outstanding selection of wines. It is the place to go when you want to sit down and relax with something uncomplicated and get away from they sight-seeing noise. Usually very friendly service, sometimes from the very friendly lady who owns the place.
We often go there after a full day touring the vineyards, having had a copious lunch, just to relax and have a bite to eat in the evening. Very nice.
Il Ciottolo Osteria Caffè, Corso Cavour 39/c, Verona, ph 045 800 9236. http://www.osteriailciottolo.it/
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