Verona, Italy: Fine Dining and Wine

By Brian Lemay 12 comments

My love story
is all about food, and I’m joining
local friends for dinner at Enoteca Cangrande. This is a classic little
mom-and-pop restaurant, with Giuliano helping diners
match fine Italian wines with just the right
local dishes, while stylish Corrina’s
in the tiny kitchen, making sure every dish
is just right. My favorite way to eat in Italy
is to trust the chef and just say,
“Bring it on!” Giuliano is serving us
an array of plates. Each celebrates fine ingredients
of this region, and Giuliano,
along with Franklin and Marina, are helping us appreciate what
we’re eating and drinking. This is such beautiful food
and it’s such beautiful wine. Can you imagine having
the beautiful food with no beautiful wine? FRANKLIN: Not really. It would be like being at
La Fenice, the opera, first row,
and being in bad company, someone who doesn’t
appreciate opera music and would prefer rock music,
let’s say. It wouldn’t be the right thing. STEVES: Next up,
eggplant parmigiana and burrata from Puglia. Do you talk about
the food as you eat it? FRANKLIN: Yes, absolutely,
constantly. – [Laughter]
– Any age without getting bored. We might get drunk, but… [Laughter] Not bored. Italians love
to talk about food. It’s in their DNA. STEVES: As the cannelloni
with fontina and duck ravioli with Amarone arrive,
we learn that even in a fine
restaurant like this, diners have a higher standard
than you’d expect… “la mamma.” FRANKLIN: Italian men
who adore cooking will always refer to “la mamma,”
their mother. That’s… that’s
the answer to everything. So it goes back to
your childhood. Absolutely, yes, sure. To go to a restaurant
is wonderful, but how “la mamma” cooked, no one,
nobody can equal that. STEVES: And finally,
beef cheeks, stewed in Amarone with polenta, just as “la mamma”
made it. Rick, “salute”, cheers. STEVES: “Salute!” To mamma. “La mamma,” okay.


God Yes

Apr 4, 2016, 3:07 pm Reply

when will u start ur episodes


Apr 4, 2016, 3:27 pm Reply

Rick I've grown up watching you. You've inspired me to travel the world. Thank you.

Aikido Amman

Apr 4, 2016, 3:31 pm Reply



Apr 4, 2016, 4:12 pm Reply

Hi Rick, do you have any restaurant recommendations for Venice?


Apr 4, 2016, 5:00 pm Reply

Oh, Italian Food is just so amazing…great how you celebrate it! And Verona is a beautiful city, too…


Apr 4, 2016, 1:45 am Reply

I went to a restaurant in Milan, we were about to not go because it was raining very hard, but we went anyway. The food and wine was spectacular when we got there, in fact the lights all went out because of the rain yet we still had an amazing time. In a way, the chaos of the whole thing was exactly what made that excursion special (that, and the tiramisu).

Melanie S

Apr 4, 2016, 12:29 pm Reply

I love your travel videos, is there any chance you'll be doing Albania at some point?

Kristine Maita

May 5, 2016, 5:00 am Reply

Stay at home and stop traveling because we are afraid? Never! Leaving a week from Saturday, leasing a car for 6 weeks and enjoying Italy and France…can't wait!!!

kenny toong

Dec 12, 2016, 2:57 pm Reply

Thanks Rick, we are following all your recommendations apart from Anthony Bourdain

Matthew Telepneff

Jun 6, 2018, 6:50 pm Reply

What was the name of this resteraunt?

Jim Turano

Mar 3, 2019, 1:08 pm Reply

Ok you have made me very Hungry now. Okay everyone dinner on me.

Kimberly McGee

May 5, 2019, 9:02 pm Reply

love all your suggestions and out of the typical touristy places!

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