Tucked away on a hill across the Ponte Pietra from the more touristy Verona you will find Osteria la Fontanina, 1-Star Michelin. It seems that when we think of a Michelin-Star restaurant the adjectives, formal and contained spring to mind when referring to the decoration although this is not always the case, just think of The Spotted Pig in New York which is a mile away from being formal. At Osteria la Fontanina the decor is a story in itself. Resembling a reminiscence shop, where paintings, decorative plates, candlesticks, antique furniture and many other odd pieces come together in the most charming way which only the Italians can pull off.
Although I have heard that the fish and meat are very well prepared we went for an entrée and pasta, as we almost always do when in Italy and we were two happy campers. I started off with crispy nuvola with slow poached egg, Monteveronese cheese, black truffles from Lessinia and onion cream; tasty and delicious. I am a fan of egg yolks.
Scallops roasted over summer fruits, peaches salad and lime sauce.
Black spaghetti with garlic, olive oil, red peppers, salami, zucchini and sea-urchins; a great pasta dish
Home-made noodles with lobster ragú and basil
For dessert we shared the “Sfoiade” which is mille-feuille with mascarpone cream, summer fruits and strawberry grape sorbet…light and soft; I wanted another one!
Since we were driving we had to go for wine by the glass but the wine list is vast and contains many regional wines.
In summer, the restaurant is very quiet at lunch and bustling at night when you can sit out on the terrace among the greenery and flowers and enjoy a candlelit dinner. Definitely a place that shouldn’t be missed.
Osteria la Fontanina di Tapparini Nicola
Porticheeti Fontanelle 3, Santo Stefano
+39 045 913305
average price- 50 euros without drinks