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Verona: Hotel Bologna / Restaurante Rubiani

Piazetta Scalette Rubiani , Phone: 045.8006830

Reviewed by: dean from MD (moderator), review #599

When: 2003

Nice dining before the opera at the Arena. They were able to get us in & out before the opera without rushing us. Good food & service, ok wine. Good value.

Directions: Just off Piazza Bra to the left of the Arena

We sat outside on the large patio. The inside has lots of granite and is air conditioned. Service was a little brusque but very good considering it was prior to opera at the Arena. They begin dinner service at 6pm during the opera season.

We drank a Muller Thurgau 2001 from San Michael Eppian from the Alto Adige. This area is called the Sud Tyrol and the wines are somewhat Germanic in style, lighter in body, but dry. Muller Thurgau is a superb grape, with wines being spicy and herbaceous and very crisp.

They offer a huge selection of “carpaccio” of various sorts as antipasti. We had pesca spada and polpo (octopus). The swordfish was meaty and firm textured. The octopus was even better, with a nice olive oil finish. Pastas were tagliolette all’ortolano (homemade pasta with fresh vegetables) and a spectacular spaghetti con gamberetti e zucchini, which was a sautee of small shrimp and incredibly flavorful zucchini. It was the best dish of the night. 65 euro for dinner for 2.

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