In the heart of medieval Verona, Enoteca Segreta is an intimate wine store and restaurant born in 2012 in a hidden square a few meters from the central via Mazzini. The atmosphere that you breathe when you enter it, passing through a small corridor, is that of a secret jazz club: it may be for the jazz and blues music in the background, the warm and soft lights, the comfortable leather chairs or the briar coffee tables. A distinctive furnishing that contrasts with the ancient columns of medieval Verona that re-emerged, together with other antiques, during the renovation of the premises.
The proposals on the menu vary according to the seasonality of the products, except for the great classics always present such as the meat tartare, one of the signature dishes of the Enoteca. Just excellent the selection of appetizers that feature cured meats and cheeses for real connoisseurs, such as artisanal Mortadella from small Tuscan producers or Berico Euganeo raw ham, to be accompanied by a very accurate selection of wines.
The owners, Michela and Riccardo love, in fact, to discover and visit small local wineries as well as niche Slow Food Presidia and small producers of excellence around Italy to offer to their customers the very best ingredients on a regional base.
In the restaurant room, it is recommended to book the corner table with a leather sofa, while in summer you can also dine al fresco in the small square in front of the eatery.
Inside the wine cellar, only upon reservation, you can go for an intimate candlelit evening as you can reserve it just for the two of you. Blaming it on the good wine, when you leave the Enoteca you can’t help but stop in front of Juliet’s House and do “something stupid” – quoting Frank Sinatra’s song – like kissing under her balcony or exchanging a promise of eternal love.
The premises of the Secret Enoteca were originally born as an art gallery, in a place full of finds of medieval Verona. In addition to the columns of the central room, in the bathroom of the Enoteca you can admire the remains of the well where it is said that the painter Paolo Veronese got inspired for his famous masterpiece “Christ and the Samaritan Woman” (1580-1582) from which takes the name the street where the Enoteca is located.