Al Pompiere (VR)

by Lavinia Colonna Preti
Al Pompiere (VR) — Veneto Secrets

A small restaurant a few steps from Juliet's house, one of the essential destinations in the City of Love to taste the flavors and wines of the most authentic Verona.

Trattoria Al Pompiere, since 2000 with the solid guidance of chef Marco Dandrea, is now internationally known for offering the best of traditional cuisine based on selected local ingredients of the highest quality.

The interiors, rustic and classy at the same time, bring guests back to the legendary 60s, the golden era of Italian trattorie, thanks to the vintage “gastronomic” touches, such as the white and green checkered tablecloths or the many black and white photographs hanging on the walls.

Al Pompiere (VR) — Veneto Secrets
Al Pompiere (VR) — Veneto Secrets

I love bringing dishes from the best Veronese and Veneto traditions to the table, we home-make everything, from pasta to the desserts.

(Marco Dandrea, chef and owner)

Over the years, the restaurant has also enriched its rooms with several works of art: like the ones by Liu Bolin, the Chinese chameleon artist who has chosen Al Pompiere among the Veronese icons where to set his works, and portraits by Enzo and Raffaello Bassotto who shot many of the celebrities regulars of the place.

Among the memorabilia, curious objects emerge like the firefighter’s helmets and belts, a tribute to the founder of the restaurant. The Trattoria was, in fact, opened in the first half of the 19th century as a simple tavern by a retired firefighter who never gave it a name, to the point that his customers began to simply call it “The Fireman”, a name that was never abandoned (Pompiere means fireman in Italian).

Al Pompiere (VR) — Veneto Secrets

The menu offers typical Veronese dishes starting from the famous plates of cold cuts and cheeses, chosen from a selection of over 35 and 100 different varieties respectively, that maestro Natalino, head of the delicious gastronomy department, will be glad to help you with.

Among the first courses, we find the great Italian classics such Pasta e Fagioli (pasta and beans), Amarone risotto, ricotta tortelli or Montoro onion ravioli with alpine cheese fondue; while among the second courses, mainly meat-base, we can mention the braised meat with Amarone, the roasted pork shank or the pastissada de caval with Marano polenta.

Al Pompiere (VR) — Veneto Secrets

The wine cellar is well stocked with over 400 labels, including the best producers of the most renowned Veronese wines: like Amarone and Valpolicella among the red ones and Custoza, Lugana and Soave among the white ones.

Perfect for every occasion, Al Pompiere is certainly one of the restaurants that best interprets and protects the culinary treasure of the City of Love.

The Secret

The tiramisù of Al Pompiere, as evidenced by the plaque on the cheese counter, was elected the best one in the world by a passionate Texan manager who travels the world in search of the best tiramisù.

Useful Info

Al Pompiere
Vicolo Regina d’Ungheria 5
37131 Verona
Tel. +39 045 8030537

Starters: 12 — 16 euro
First courses: 14 — 25 euro
Second courses: 14 — 25 euro
Desserts: 6 — 10 euro

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