VERONA, THE SECRET OF THE PEARA’

Verona has a charisma all its own. Beautiful, vibrant, nocturnal. The beauty of its buildings, squares and churches is no less impressive than the liveliness of its people who love opera, fine wine and make pearà a religion. 

But what is it? If someone thinks of closing the matter with “it’s the Venetian term that means ‘pepata’ a kind of pepper sauce”, they will have to deal with the enmity of the people of Veneto. The pearà (first of all, in the Italian language, it is a female word) is almost a religion: it is a way to turn kitchen scraps and leftovers into a delicacy.The list of simple ingredients (bread crumbs, beef marrow, Grana cheese, butter or extra virgin olive oil, meat broth and pepper), fails to give a correct idea of how this recipe manages to turn a meat dish, such as boiled beef, into something delicious. The other curious thing is that every Veronese claims that “he or she” has the secret recipe, miles away from all the fake ones out there. To get along with the people of Verona, one should not in any way ridicule the pearà. You can say that the Arena is beautiful, Piazza dei Signori is unforgettable, San Zeno is moving but do not forget to mention pearà in the top ten. This could even erode the famous diffidence of the Veronese.

 

Verona in 4 steps

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Questions and Answers

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The report of Verona

An excellent solution for parking is that of Cittadella, next to the Arena. It delights the ears with classical music in the background. But, it’s not cheap, €2 per hour. 

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