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Al Pompiere Verona

Al Pompiere - review by Nicole Allmann

Style: Romantic Pre-Opera Dinner

Address: Trattoria Al Pompiere SRL / Vicolo Regina d'Ungheria , 5 - 37121 Verona
Area: Verona Centre

Phone: +39 045 8030537

In Verona, simplicity is interpreted as meaning traditional and unpretentious - both discernible qualities of the antiquated Al Pompiere. Opened sometime during the 1920's, it's one of the oldest continuously operated restaurants in Verona, with a sterling reputation for excellent hospitality, an extensive wine menu and one of the largest cured meat selections of any restaurant in the Veneto region. Trattoria al Pompiere is synonymous with  traditional Veronese cuisine, namely its vast salumi platters and hearty pasta dishes. Specialties include bigoli con le sarde (spaghetti with sardines), salted cod – Vicenza style, or the controversial horse meat stew with polenta, served with generous hunks of garlic and herb bread.
Cosy lighting, low slung beams and vintage photographs convey the unique heritage of the former fireman's tavern, which up until the 1980's, was relatively overlooked by tourists. Today, it serves as a useful meeting point for courting couples en route to the opera, as well as natives seeking a relaxed evening of jazz music and camaraderie. It has the tendency to fill up quickly, therefore reserving a table up to 48 hours in advance is generally recommended.

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