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“An Expensive Disappointment” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of Osteria Al Duca

Osteria Al Duca
Ranked #73 of 1,158 Restaurants in Verona
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian, Soups
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Mazzè, Piemonte, Italy
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33 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“An Expensive Disappointment”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2013

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.

  • Visited January 2013
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Milan, Italy
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“VERY GOOD FOOD IN A LOVELY LOCATION”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2012

In the Romeo's house in Verona you can find this typical restaurant.
They serve homemeade local specialities and you can taste a really good food, feeling like at home.
Very friendly ad helpful staff and a big choice of dishes and local wines.
Furthermore prices are good as well and portions are pretty big........great value for money !!!!
Just don't forget to book your table if you want to be sure to find a place !!! ( at lunchtime too)

  • Visited November 2012
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Windsor, Canada
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“Veeeeeeerry Good!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2012

Was recommended by our hotel staff and was one of our best meals in Europe!
Was quaint and was non-pretentious!
The Four Canucks from Windsor Ontario

  • Visited May 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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“Doesn't get more authentic!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012

This restaurant is located in the heart of the city of Verona only steps away from the Piazza Erbe, Via Arche Scaligere 2.
Doesn't get more authentic when you sit amongst the locals enjoying home cooked Italian cuisine. We were looking for a place to eat dinner the night before and this place was booked solid, so we figured it must be good and returned for lunch the following day.
Fabulous food and a fantastic wine list as well!!!!

  • Visited October 2012
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“Amazing traditional food!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2012

We had a delicious traditional dinner. Our waiter was great and made great recommendations. The ambiance was great, it was a small authentic family run restaurant. Everything we ate that night was great, the polenta was delicious, so was the pasta. We highly recommend this restaurant to someone looking for a delicious traditional dinner in Verona.

  • Visited August 2012
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