We decided to make the trek to Casa Perbellini in Verona, as a day trip during our time in Venice. We made reservations for lunch and attempted to try public transportation to get there, as the restaurant is not in the historic city center of Verona. We managed to arrive at the restaurant just before it opened (the bus did not arrive exactly on time). Of note, they will not let you in if you are early, we waited outside with another group of diners waiting for the restaurant to open at 12:30.
The restaurant is small, located close to a beautiful church (Basilica of San Zeno Maggiore). We did not allocate enough time to visit the inside of the church, but I recommend that it may be worth a visit since the interior nave looks beautiful with alternating colored stripes.
Once we were seated inside, there are only a few tables. I recommend asking for a table closer to the “kitchen”, so you can see your food prepared live. The ambience is somewhat relaxed, with the servers wearing suits and sneakers. The workers in the kitchen wore vests and flat caps. They specify on their website that no shorts or flip flops for guests. We saw other diners wear business casual, but given the casual vibe of the restaurant, anything that is comfortable is probably appropriate.
My favorite was the wafer. This consists of a sesame wafer sandwiching sea bass tartare and goat cheese. They also serve it with a spoonful of liquorice which shockingly ties the whole dish together well.
Other highlight would be dessert, as the meat and pasta dishes were on the smaller side albeit delicious. Notice the extremely large chocolate cake that was part of the meal! We were full!
Recommend: Solid Choice (4/5)
A slight detour from the historic Verona city center, so allot for extra travel time. Otherwise it’s a great lunch choice.
We opted for the lunch special prix fixe menu (not served on weekends or holidays). It was 58 euros without the wafer and 73 euros with the wafer. I felt that they served ample food for our lunch, dessert was especially generous where it was numerous small treats and a large slice of cake to top it. You have to pay an extra fee to include their famous wafer with the meal, but I recommend doing so as it is delicious.
Even their menu was presented elegantly, it was placed in a beautiful enclosure which you open to read the courses inside.
Piazza San Zeno, 16, 37123 Verona VR, Italy
Lunch: from 12:30 to 2:00 pm
Dinner: from 7:30 to 10:00 pm
Closed: Saturday evening and all day Sunday