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Verona: Ristorante Greppia

Vicolo Samaritana, 3 , Phone: 045.8004577

Closing day: Monday

Reviewed by: Liz from Canada (moderator), review #583

When: 2003

This restuarant has it all; elegance, wonderful service, fine wine and delicious food!

Directions: Just off the main shopping street (Via G. Mazzini); 5 minute walk to the Arena

When we first entered the resturant we thought it looked much higher end than the menu outside seemed to reflect, this was an evening to remember as everything was exceptional. I started with a wonderful Caprese Salad followed by a Beef Carpaccio with arugula and parmesan cheese, everything melted in your mouth. My husband and our carnivour daughter had grilled lamb chops which were very good as well. Our vegetarian daughter had the fagoli soup which we all had a taste of and she rated it the best of her trip thus far. Our waiter was very attentive while being extremely busy with a mostly pre-opera crowd. He was extremely charming and knew his wines, he was studying to be a sommolier and took great pleasure in decanting our most amazing wine - a 1997 Amarone from the Dante Alegerhi cellers, this tasted like heaven! Dinner for 4 plus a really nice bottle of wine 190 Euro

Reviewed by: David from NY (moderator), review #312

When: 2001

Good restaurant for a modest dinner before the 9pm opera in Verona.

Directions: Not too far from the piazza dell’Erbe in central Verona.

We wandered into this restaurant for an early dinner before going to an opera performance at the Arena. We had checked out a couple of very pricey choices to which we were referred by the concierge where we were staying but elected to have a more modest dinner.

It seemed that most restaurants in Verona in the summer cater to the opera-going crowd, filling up by 7pm (the opera begins at 9pm) as well as doing a hefty business for people eating after the performance. As such, it was difficult for the waiters to handle all of the special requests of the customers, all making their way through their meals at about the same rate. Nevertheless, the service was quite attentive and we had a good meal here.

The "Tris", or selection of 3 house-made pastas on one plate was disappointing. Much better was their version of shrimp cocktail – lots of tiny little shrimp with a pink mayonnaise sauce and osso buco with polenta. Some of the other pastas looked good – it was only the ones I had which didn’t measure up. Nice wine list – we tried a couple of local wines (the Valipolicella region is right there) – enjoyed a delicious ’97 Allegrini Palazzo della Torre.

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