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Trattoria I Masenini Verona

Trattoria I Masenini - review by Nicole Allmann

Style: Elegant Modern Trattoria

Address: Via Roma , 34 , 37121
Area: Piazza Erbe

Phone: +39 045 806 51 69

Price: 3 courses from around $55 per head

Opened in August 2006 by native restaurateur Elia Rizzo, the lofty I Masenini represented a departure from the ubiquitous Veronese trattorias of old. Merging traditional design with clean lines and a distinctly unique open-plan layout, he sought to engage patrons with a floor show that showcases the throbbing heart of a traditional trattoria – the kitchen. The dining room is exceptionally spacious, lit by chandeliers and flanked by vast cabinets of Valpolicella,  Amarone and Bardolino. Enjoying a coveted situation on the beatific Via Roma, I Masenini affords stunning views of the nearby Castelvecchio fortress and adjacent museum, designed by Carlo Scarpa.

Having been raised in a traditional Osteria owned by his parents, Elia Rizzo understands that the majority of his clientèle are likely to be fly-by-night travelers seeking uncomplicated food, excellent wine and a romantic atmosphere in keeping with the city's reputation. Primi options include Veronese favourites, such as Bigoli Pasta with Cheese, Fennel and Bread and Warm Pasta and Bean Soup. You might also like to sample the Maccheroni Pasta with Veal and Sweet Tomato Ragout - said to be the best in Verona. Seconds range from Shanks of Piglet or Lamb, to Fiorentine Steak and Guinea Fowl in a blueberry and Moscato reduction - best enjoyed with a hearty red, recommended by your own waiter.

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