Hosteria St. Eufemia, which is located on Corte San Giovanni in Foro, down the cool alley which is opposite the Church St. Eufemia. The guests at Luca's are always warm and friendly and as today, a gentleman and his family had eaten lunch, then went in and MADE DINNER RESERVATIONS FOR TONIGHT! That is a great testimony of the greatness of the heart of the cook. I LOVE LUCA AND I LOVE FELICITY.
The Capo Luca is one of my favorite top 10 people in the world, so beware, when you enter his restaurant you better be on your best behavior! His traditional restaurant has a very long history, "My father and mother are from that generation of old-school Italians where you wore jackets to dinner 26 years ago! Every time. We had tuxedoed waiters and tuxedoed guests. About 10 years ago, after my dad had past, I thought to give the restaurant a new memory of inviting women and children into my restaurant, a place for families and if the young children wanted to eat pizza, I knew how to cook pizza. WE NEVER HAD PIZZA here before!" he laughs telling me that. https://www.ristorantehosteria.it/
Ristorante S Eufemia
Luca is a doll, he has been at the family restaurant about 35 years now, and he is always improving and adding to the already famous Michelin Star Restaurant. "It is Michelin quality, yet the Michelin status is when we were all white and black tuxedos and formal. The prices were very high in the 1990s and early 2000 since the Italian people and tourists spent all the time and everybody had money! I noticed that the tourists became more family oriented and friendly and brought the children and now my restaurant is family focused." says Luca.SINCE LUCA IS THE STAR of the 33 year old restaurant named Ristorante S. Eufemia which "used to have jackets only...black and white tie please to enter and dine here in the era of my mother and father, now I would love to enter the modern age...you know honestly I never wanted to be a cook...I entered university to do economics and wanted to do something real important with my life and I had to become a cook...my father was the master chef and I learned from him...says Luca.
"Now we have a new social media program and we have a new website and I enjoy doing these items. It is actually fun to see my new website."
I believe it shows the quality and the originality of the food that Luca prepares. It is, as his German wife, a lovely blonde woman said to me today, "a kitchen from the home. A homemade kitchen. Luca is the cook. I let him cook because he is the master and his food is always from the heart."
http://www.santeufemiaristoranteverona.com/"You know times have changed, Emme," says my friend Luca of the last 6 years. "I know that you loved the good old days, yet for me it was too much stress. Now I am happy, life is easy and my guests are very nice people coming from everywhere, especially America and China. I eat healthy now since my German wife makes me do that and I am a little chubby, too!" he says laughing. Luca is always happy. Either or I am always making Luca laugh that could be the case! "You should try the horse meat, the cavallo, I know that since you had a horse you don't want to eat your pet!" he says laughing as I squish up my nose. Horse meat is a delicacy in Verona and everybody serves it on the menu as such.
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Ristorante La Piazzetta, located at Corte S. Giovanni in Foro, 4/a 045 59 1099 reservations
As you can see from the elegance of the vision behind the wine glass, the beauty and formality of the Restaurant La Piazzetta in Verona is well earned. It is a very lovely restaurant to dine at with high quality products of Italy and homemade sauces, ragu, breads, pastas from the Osteria Monte Baldo Lab, of which the family provides both Osteria Monte Baldo and the La Piazzetta with.
Simone laughs, "My wife is the restaurant and osteria's CFO actually!"
"The restaurant is in my family 80 years and it is a funny story, yet let me tell you of the summer opera season that essentially starts at midnight every night and last til 4:00am. All of the audience and stars from the Arena next door come to the restaurant at midnight. That is about 100 people every night in addition to the usual lunch and dinner, yet all the stars sing here. I am a pretty good opera singer and have joined in every night. We have pictures on the wall of the known ones around the world such as Placido Domingo and Lucian Pavorotti, yet one night a couple asked me to sing because it is a man's wife's birthday." starts the funny story.
"That night a Russian Gentleman and his two ladies came in and were rather rambuctious and drinking tons of vodka. When I started singing the Russian Guy immediately stands up and crosses his arms staring seriously at me. I kept singing to the couple yet thought O-O it is 1:00am and my other guest doesn't like my singing. Yet when I finished the song the Russian guy comes over to me, grabs me by the shoulders and kisses both my sides of face. Bravo! he says! And I thought, you know that should show me not to judge a book by its cover." he says laughing hysterically and I thought yes it is better that the story has a happy side to it! Vicolo Tre Marchetti 19/b
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"The funny story of my mother and my birth is that I am almost birthed in the restaurant here. The night of my birth, April 9, my mother is cooking in the kitchen and standing over a big fish. She rushes to the hospital and I am born on April 10, and one week later I am in a basinet and my mother is back in the kitchen!" he says and I ask if he loves fish now? He starts laughing, "No I don't care for fish." he says and I say that is because he blames the fish.
If Music be the food of love play on... Shakespeare
The famous Mexican Tenor posing with Matteo outside the lovely Tre Marchetti, Ramon Vargas. "Yes I have many of the famous ones here all the time and last week Botero and his wife came. I didn't recognize him and thought him to be very nice and friendly and at the end of the meal he asked if I enjoyed his sculptures and I asked who he is. When he said that he is Fernando Botero I am very impressed I said." I of course LOVE BOTERO and tell him the story of his son.
"The menu that we have at Tre Marchetti is high quality and the best of the best. We see International tourists every year and the Japanese are coming like crazy. They love to order all the specials on the menu and they share all of these. Which is special to us since each dish is exquisitely prepared. Yet it is fun. My house, Tre Marchetti, is a model of eccentricities and a strange place!" he says. " White truffle risoto,Pappardelle with Red Ricioto with hare ragout, Bigoli with duck sauce, Pastisada de caval(stuffed horse stew in Amarone wine), these items are on the menu and in additon a fish prepared menu starts at 70.00euros per person and the Meat menu starts at 60.00euros per person. Yet you can comfortable eat a dish with a lovely bottle of wine for a couple of people at a nice price. Something for everybody." says Matteo. And Roberto, the waiter says laughing, "My friends usually eat elsewhere, only special days do they eat here!"
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HERE THE GREAT VIDEO OF MIRO!
"I truly love my wife and my job. I love my team and we have fun with each other, yet we remember to try to make the service, the food and the wine of the highest, professional quality and every guest that walks in the door receives that service."
I ask about the food as Miro gives me a plate of tiny cuttlefish, which looks like a baby squid, and peas on top of polenta, my favorite. He wants me to try the Tagliatelle, although in the video he is making Tagliolini, he also personally makes my Tagliatelle, and we share a little. It is scrumptious.
"It is so soft and like butter, it melts as you eat it," I say and he says that is the way with the freshest pasta. Now I must try the homemade bread that they make, which is warm from the oven. LOVE THAT FOOD!
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"We have gotten great reviews and compliments the last 2 years with me as the director of the Liston and Matteo as the Capo, yet I have a very big restaurant. At least 200 people can sit to dinner at one time and of course you can't please everybody. Some people love it and then few people don't, yet that is life, right? Sometimes you have people such this way. The important thing to remember for me is that you are professional to all."
"Tonight, for instance a party wants me to carve the meat from the specialty cart. The meats we serve from the cart to the table include: cow's tongue, baby cow's head, and a variety of beef, and the people can request a different meat of their choice. It is a personal service that I enjoy. Yes, you can request horse or donkey, yet it takes 10 hours to marinate that and you have to give us time. It is a tough meat," says Miro.
"The traditional dishes of Verona we have...we are famous for the cavalla which is the horse meat. People from Verona know that is a delicacy. We have cavalla tartar and other famous dishes and the gnocchi and the Bigoli." Luca says and laughs when I am squeamish about the horses. "We at Verona serve Donkey meat too. The specialty of the restaurant, though, is the meat trolley. I love to say that I come to the table and prepare the meat myself. Depending on the day we can have up to 12 meats. That is the real famous dinner at Greppia."
003 9 045 800 4577...if you want to be brave and try the traditional dishes!
Trattoria Arco dei Gavi
"Hmm how did I start a restaurant? I don't know I don't know..." starts funny Marco. When I say do you know anything about running a restaurant? He starts laughing hysterically, "No nothing I don't know.!" and that is how it starts. "I finished my university and I am into culture and when I come back my brother, Alessio, who is a wonderful cook, says, "let's open a restaurant." and I say alright and we buy Arco dei Gavi." And what does Marco love to do? "I love to cook." he says. And I say does he cook in the restaurant? "No not at all. Alessio cooks and won't let me in the kitchen." Okay funny again. "I talk to the people and tell them to drink the Verona wine and the Mantova wine since that is where I am from and that is what they should drink." OKAY!
"You must come during Carnival for the Gnocchi Festival where one day in Verona everyone must make Gnocchis and only Gnocchis can you eat!" he says as he shows me the funny pictures. "Here we have 10 versions of Gnocchis including with tomatoes, cavallo, cheeses, you name it we have it. Alessio makes all kinds for the people all day long!"
Alessio speaks Italian and we could communicate a little when I tell him, along with the very packed restaurant at lunch, that his food is bella! And he smiles and says grazie! The mom, Celestina and Nicola, father, help out. "Here is the boiled meats," says his mom as she pushes the trolley around the restaurant showing me. They are a REAL ITALIAN family and very funny with sibling friendly rivalry and good naturedness and from the 50% Verona people here everyday I know that they must be VERY GOOD!
I must admit that us Americans and "the Great Britain and Germany a little and maybe the Russians and Asians don't try the Cavallo too much, which is the horse, yet since 1848 of the War here in Verona the men fought all the time, it was winter and the horses were everywhere. I guess back then when you ate cows or pigs, it was natural to eat horses and the Verona people eat it traditionally. The tripe too the Americans won't try. They are very conservative!" says Marco.
Alright...ready to meet the owner? Lucas is 25, "Just turned 26." he says. And full of funny quotes..." You know success is hard work you can't take the elevator in life you have to take the stairs." he quips. When I say O hey that is a lovely great quote he says, "Alright I heard that somewhere. Seriously though it is creativity and finding the right colors and the right plates and word of mouth and reputation. I don't like Trip Advisor by the way. You know Trip Advisor is like a boom-a-rang. It always comes back around to hit you." I start laughing and he says, "O now that is my quote.You can quote that one...wait on second thought maybe you shouldn't then all the trip advisor peole will write bad things about me." he says.
Federica says, "Yes it is beautiful? Thankyou thankyou...let's stand near the wine which is Antonio's job and let me hold the menu." she laughs as we pose with pictures. Federica's mother and grandmother and grandfather owned restaurants in Verona and she has a lot of experience in running a restaurant. http://www.osteriailciottolo.it/ to make reservations: 39 045 8009236