I do not normally write negative reviews but I have no choice about this place. As a disclaimer, this Osteria del Duca and the Osteria Giulietta e Romeo (Corso S. Anastasia, 27) are owned by the same proprietor and have the exact same menu so keep that in mind. We chose the “menu della tradizione veronese" (menu of the Veronese tradition) (EUR 17 for the standard one and EUR 21 for the one with roasted beef). I had the Bigoli alle acciughe, uvetta e pinoli (pasta with anchovies, raisins, and pine nuts) + Polenta con arrosto di manzo (polenta with roasted meat). My husband took the Pappardelle al ragu' di anitra (pasta with duck ragu sauce) + Polenta con sopressa, funghi e gorgonzola (polenta with sliced local salame, mushrooms, and gorgonzola cheese). The pasta was served with 5 minutes of us sitting down, which should NEVER happen in Italy as it is a sign is not made fresh. Mine was super oily, super salty, and super fishy (keep in mind that I LIKE anchovies), with too few grapes and pine nuts (fewer than ten of each). My husband’s pasta was chewy and the sauce was bland. Both of our polentas were runny. My meat tasted like cardboard covered in a brown flour sauce, and none of the toppings on my husband’s polenta had any flavor (given that one of them was a blue cheese, that is saying something). I told my husband during the meal that it looked worse than hospital cafeteria food. The whole meal took less than 45 minutes, with no attention given to spacing, the way a proper Italian meal should have. The end bill was EUR 45 for our terrible food and a ½ liter of red wine. Worst (and most expensive) meal of the whole vacation.
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