To taste the flavors of the most authentic Verona, one of the essential destinations of the city is Al Pompiere, a small restaurant a few steps from Juliet’s house, which offers, under the solid guidance of Chef Marco Dandrea, the best traditional cuisine based on top-quality ingredients from the territory.
The interiors, rustic and classy at the same time, bring guests back to the 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 portraits hung on the walls. 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 photographs by Enzo and Raffaello Bassotto who shot many of the celebrities who frequented the place.
Among the memorabilia, curious details emerge like the firefighter helmets and belts, a reminder of the founder of the restaurant. The restaurant 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 call it “The Fireman”, a name that was never abandoned (Pompiere means fireman).
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 local 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.
The 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 or Soave for the white ones.
Perfect for any occasion, Il Pompiere is certainly one of the restaurants that best interprets the most authentic food and wine traditions of the city of love.
The Al Pompiere’s tiramisù, as evidenced by the trophy plate 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 cakes.