19.05.2013 - 22.05.2013
We visited the location on Via Mazzini, a pedestrian-only shopping area in Verona. In addition to the typical flavors, they also had some fun ones like Bacio di Romeo and Bacio di Giulieta (Romeo and Juliet's kisses, respectively). Although you can get cups and cones here, they also have some fancy sundaes that are worth checking out.
Loacker Moccaria: this is a combination gelateria and coffee shop. It is affiliated with the Bolzano, Italy-based Loacker wafer company, so there is also an adjacent cookie and candy store. The Moccaria is a find if you want a place where you can sit down indoors, have access to a restroom, and eat your gelato. Their half-dozen flavors are not as many as you'll see in other gelaterias, but they still have a variety of sundaes, floats, and other ice cream desserts--all garnished with a Loacker wafer, of course.
Pizzeria Leon d'Oro
As the name implies, this place specializes in pizza, but they do have a couple of non-pizza dishes. I tried the lasagna bolognese and thought it was really good. My husband and daughter enjoyed their pizzas as well. Leon d'Oro is a good choice if you're traveling in a group that can agree on toppings because they sell pizzas not only in the typical 1 person size, but also in a larger (3-4 person) size; it's the only place on the trip where I remember seeing that option. If the weather is nice, there is a pretty courtyard where you can eat.
Pizzeria ponte Navi
This place offered other dishes besides pizza, so it can offer variety for family members who want different things. The menu noted that some out-of-season items are heated from frozen, but never specified which items they might be. We found it a little off-putting that we might be eating reheated food, but I guess I appreciate their honesty; I'm not sure I've ever seen a restaurant in the US admit to that on a menu. None of our food seemed reheated. I ordered Penne alla Cubana, which I had never heard of before. It was good, even though my Cuban cousin who lives in Italy said that it is not authentically Cuban or even a common dish in Italy.
Note: Normally I wouldn't mention a restaurant's bathrooms, but I know they can be important when your young child announces that they need a potty break. This is what happened with my daughter at Ponte Navi. When we reached the bathroom, we saw that it only had a squat toilet. I tried to explain it my daughter, but she refused to try and claimed she could wait until we got home. Fortunately, we were already done eating, so we paid, left, and averted disaster. The bathroom situation is something to consider if think your kids may have the same issue.
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Taverna di Stella
Our Frommer's guide listed this place as one of the best "down-home Trattorie and Osterie" in Northern Italy, so we decided to check it out. There are a couple of traditional dishes on the menu that had horse meat in them. We opted to be less adventurous in our pasta choices, but they were still very good.
Although there was no children's menu, they offered to make my daughter pasta in a mild tomato sauce (as opposed to the diavola on the menu).
There was also a food selection of wines by the glass. In all, I don't know enough to confirm whether it's among Northern Italy's best, but I do know that we enjoyed our dinner here.
Note: The women's bathroom had a standard toilet but the men's had a squat toilet, so you may want to plan accordingly just in case your child needs a potty break.