Palazzo Victoria

Borsari 36 serves Italian fare from its show kitchen right in the heart of the restaurant under the supervision of Michelin-starred Carmine Calò. In the heart of historic Verona the hotels original frescoes, parquet floors and oil paintings sit alongside contemporary conveniences like modern marble bathrooms and large flat-screen televisions.

A mediaeval-modern mash-up dominates Palazzo Victoria hotel, where Roman ruins, Ionic pillars and 14th-century frescoes share space with white-leather sofas, projector screens and walls clad in concrete and acid-green lichen. There’s a Michelin-starred chef in the kitchens, a pool table in the salon and white-and-gold Jacuzzis in the shiny marble bathrooms.

Homemade ravioli was cloud like and silver lined with smoked aubergine, and a Barbie-coloured beetroot risotto found its Ken in its salty, fiery seafood ragout. Then the beef! Again. What beef! I would marry that beef!

Gourmet credentials – The airy grey-and-white Borsari 36 restaurant centres on an open ‘show kitchen’, which turns every diner into a guest of the chef. Also the man behind the menus of Il Salviatino in Florence, Carmine Calò (whose motto is ‘ingredients and imagination’) has earned a Michelin star elsewhere for his reinterpretation of Italy’s culinary tradition, with a particular emphasis on home-made pasta and perfection-grilled meat and fish from the open-air barbecue. Opt for the tasting menu: light, elegant dishes that rely on the country’s finest produce – eggs from hens reared on goat’s milk, ricotta sourced from Sicily and more. Outside in the courtyard, among the olive trees and aromatic herbs and where diners can gaze through a plexiglass panel to the Roman ruins below, is one of the best spots for an informal Sunday brunch in Verona.

Top tipple – There’s a dark and romantic little bar near the restaurant with an excellent selection of local wines (many produced by Allegrini, with whom the hotel enjoys a fruitful partnership). The genial staff are dab hands at whipping up an aperitivo (the Spritz is a Veronese speciality), and know their way around a cocktail shaker, too.

Highlights

– Divine pasta and a gourmet grill

– View Roman ruins while you dine

– Brilliant for brunch


Rates from £198.65 per night

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