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Verona: Osteria del Bugiardo

Corso Portoni Borsari 10


Reviewed by: Alice Twain from Italy, review #1197

When: 2005

Nice winebar with food, but always crowded

On our arrival in Verona we asked our host where we could grab something, and he directed us to a few of the many osteria that offer nice wine and food. it was already quite late, around 2:30 pm, when we first walked by Osteria del Bugiardo, and at first we discarded it due to the huge crowds that occupied all tables. As we searched a little ore, we found that all other sugested places were either too costly or already closed, so we ended up at il BUgiardo once again at about 3 pm. nby then the crowd had thinned out enough to allow us stwo seats on the honestly not very comfortable stools that surrounded a glass-topped table which basement was a small (empty and unused!) wine vat. Like many other wine bars in Verona, Il Bugiardo is owned by one of the many wineries in the area, so most of the wines offered are from that one winery. Luca had a glass of a decent but not superb Valpolicella superiore, while I had to stick to water. We chose a selection of tartine, crostini-like bread covered with a selection of sauces or vegetables. The ones with cotechino and krauts (a combination that may have been there to please the many German tourists, but which is not too exotic, since in Parma cotechino is actually served with kratus-like sacrao) were actually quite nice, while the other two turned out quite unexciting, although not bad. As a main course Luca had a nice and rather generous portion of cannelloni traditionally filled with ricotta and spinaches and covered with tomato sauce, bechamelle and grated Parmigiano Reggiano, while I had a portion of polenta served with local sopressa salame and with gorgonzola; the polenta was nice, although not as dense as I best like it. The food was served with a small brown paper bag filled with various types of bread (small panini, slices cut from a "francesino"-like loaf, and short grissini). witha final price of about 8 euro per person, the meal turned out adecuate, although not outstanding. Had it not been for the crowd... Yet, I doubt that the crowd will be as big on a day that's not Easter Saturday!

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