Café Carducci (VR)
An institution in Verona, Café Carducci is a charming bistro gourmand whose history is inextricably linked to that of the Bianconi’s family that founded it, as a traditional osteria, back in 1928. Almost 100 years of history and four generations today are “captured” in the distinctive interiors that recall the antique literary cafes, an heritage that has been elegantly highlighted by the architectural rejuvenation undertook in 2012. Inside the restaurant is still possible to notice the original sign “Bar Carducci” that was made in the 70ies by Luigi, the father of Pier Stefano that today proudly continues the family’s tradition.
The little kitchen is a real gem: after the 2012 restoration it was turned into an open plan one, positioned next to the rich cheese counter, where chef Ciro Esposito, with over forty years of experience, delights his guests with daily fresh dishes. The menu mixes tradition and contemporary creativity by offering recipes that ranges from beef tartare with poached eggs and mustard to risotto with reduction of Amarone and black rice with scallops, shrimps and prawn tails in Champagne Rosé sauce.
Where: in the centre of Verona
When: Café Carducci is much more of a bistro, just perfect at all times: from 7 am you can enjoy breakfast with freshly baked brioches, at lunchtime you can indulge in a delicious selection of French and local cheeses or naturally-aged cured meats, whilst in the evening, when the small tables are dressed up with candlelight magic, you can surprise your plus-one with a romantic dinner
Why: the magic atmosphere of the Belle Epoque, great food, and an amazing wine list that includes all the great labels from Verona, such as Amarone, as well as the French most renowned ones
How: book the corner table by the bookshelf and order a selection of French cheeses to be paired with the best Amarone vintages
Cheese selections: from 6 to 20 euro; Cure meat selections: from 4,5 to 28 euro; First and second courses: from 9,50 to 20 euro