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Italy's Valpolicella wine route: top 10 guide
Verona's vineyards, once renowned for churning out basic pizzeria plonk, are now producing some of the country's finest reds. From tastings over home-cooked pasta to stays in an 'agriturismo', here are our key picks for a tasty tour of the region.
OSTERIE AND ENOTECHE
Numero Uno, an osteria that's full of personality.
This is one of those old-fashioned osterie that everyone dreams of discovering. Delicious aromas waft out of the kitchen as you walk in. The wooden bar is packed with winemakers having a drink, either dressed in work overalls or making a good impression on potential customers over lunch. You can try a €2 glass of the house wine, a rustic valpolicella classico from a local village, which the owner buys in demijohns rather than by the bottle, or a refined amarone for €5, made by either Allegrini or Bertani, two of Valpolicella's finest producers, whose wineries are both nearby. The food is traditional Veronese cuisine – simple, hearty portions, inexpensive and totally delicious – beef cheeks braised in amarone with creamy polenta, pumpkin gnocchi smothered in smoked ricotta and minced pork, and the famous pastissada de caval, a rich, slow-cooked stew of horsemeat, which is almost becoming fashionable now after the tainted-beef scandal.
via F. Pellegrini 2 | 37022 Fumane | Verona | Italia +39 045 7701375 osterianumero1.com
Atmosfera dalla forte identità
Tavoli in legno, mise en place molto semplice: coltello, forchetta, tovagliolo, porta pane, bicchiere.
Sullo sfondo le caricature di Michele e Emanuela accompagnano i commensali in un atmosfera dalla forte identità, pur nel rispetto della tradizione. Il lavoro fatto sulle porte, decorate con una grafica e combinazioni di colore grintose è di Benedetta Fasson.