While I was working for the Venice Biennale this year, my family came to visit me and we decided to go to Verona to see the wonderful Museo di Castelvecchio by the great architect Carlo Scarpa.
For lunch my father offered us a fantastic meal at Casa Perbellini, the restaurant of the Michelin starred chef Giancarlo Perbellini. I was so excited and happy to go as he could accomodate me with a complete gluten free menu that was one of the best I’d ever had.
On the menu there was one formula that we loved: it was called “chi sceglie prova” aka “the one who chooses tries it”. Basically it consisted in choosing 2 out of the 5 listed ingredients and they would be always present in our nine course meal. We all went for asparagus + fava beans.
As a starter, we had fresh blinis with potatoes, gorgonzola cheese and caramelized ham, a wafer with goat cheese and a white chocolate praline with spritz made of Saint Germain liqueur.
Then we had a mixed vegetables oil dip. I
loved how chef Perbellini played with different consistency making the food we ate both playful and very tasty.
As main course, well, we had many!
Delicious fried “mazzancolle” shrimps, peas and peperoni sauce, followed by polenta foam with codfish, pine nuts, onions and caramelized tomatoes.
Another dish was a fantastic salad with “rombo” fish, asparagus, toasted hazelnuts and martini mousse.
After we had “ombrina” fish with a pesto of fava beans, “burrata” cheese and anchovies. Delicious.
And now time for dessert!
I ate a yummy “bianco magiare”, that means “white eating” in Italian. It consisted of a meringue with a mousse of almond, coffee and raspberry covered with white chocolate. For drink, almond milk with elder flower liqueur.
After it came a funny yet delicious “magia e bevi” dessert. “Mangia e bevi” means “eat and drink”: first you eat the icing sugar, then you drink the pineapple + coconut juice and after you eat the whole white chocolate glass.
To end our meal, we enjoyed three juices: one with green apple and celery, another with pear and passion fruit (my favorite – I love passion fruit !) and the last one with almond milk and strawberry. Delicious.
The cherry on the cake was a chocolate macaron and “zabaglione” cream with coffee.
Grazie papà ! Grazie Giancarlo!
Thank you both for this unforgettable gluten free experience.
Piazza S. Zeno, 16
37123 Verona, Italy
Tel +39 045 878 0860
Lunch from 12.30 to 2 pm
Dinner from 7 – 10 pm
Closed on Sunday evening and on Monday