This Enoteca is our favorite in the area. We keep going back and back when we feel like a good glass of wine.
It has a few tables inside and a gorgeous outdoor area where some olive tree provide shade and freshness during a hot day. The view over the valley and the hills is great.
The owner his passionate about his wines and will be happy to explain you all you need to know about them, he will also guide you to find exactly what you would like to try.
They have an extensive selection of wines, lots of them are BIO.
Wine can be served with just some free munchies or, BEST with a plate of cheese and/or local salami(cold meat).
They take pride in offering local good products, you will not find low quality here. Every single piece, wine, cheese or cold meat has been carefully selected to match the high standard they like to offer to their guests.
They organize events like music nights or degustation nights so if you are in the area check out their site.
If you are looking for something light, a snack, or just a coffee, this might be a good choice. Located just above La Pergola restaurant they have seating outside or in. Have a gelato, or a prosecco and sit back and watch the people meander slowly along the main street of the village.
Parking is found up the hill about 50 meters.
Favorite Dish: Your normal bar with a bit more to offer.
La Pergola is in the hill side village of Arqua Petrarca, and just 3 minutes walking up the road. There is seating outside and in, but at night, be sure and find a table outside. There is a peacefulness about this village, and if you are not in a hurry, you will enjoy it here.
Favorite Dish: This is a typical pizza restaurant, but they also have other items on the menu.
Wine is good for a house wine.
This pizzeria is right in the main square of the Village at the top side. From the parking under the main church you have to walk uphill all the way or, more conveniently, park your car in the upper west parking lot.
The pizzeria has a small indoor dining area with wooden benches and table and a nice old bar counter. During summer they use a small outdoor area too right in front of the bank, they have sun umbrella to protect you from the sun during the day and humidity at night. The area outdoor does not have much artificial light so they use candles creating a nice romantic atmosphere.
They have a selection of pizza, bruschetta and salads in their menu along with some small appetizers such local salami, prosciutto and little more. They serve draft beer and local wine.
Favorite Dish: We had Pizza Diavola that is with hot salami and we asked to add some mushrooms.
The crust was perfect, thin but not saggy and the hot salami was actually hot not blend like we often found it.
Along with two medium Paulaner beer from the draft the bill was 24 euros in 2011.
Every time i come to Arqua this is the place where i go eat. It is a small trattoria, the indoor part is nicely decorated with old photos on the walls and bricks and a wooden floor, but what i like best is the outdoor part, tables are under a green pergola, surrounded by plants and flowers in the front side and on the side part they have a nice porch with a collection of old shoes on the wall.
The owner should be a lover of the '70 music as very often you can hear old vinyl record playing that create a nice atmosphere.
Last time i was there it was Friday and thay had a live brasilian music show going on, I am not sure if there is live music every Friday or not, but it was a great plus to the evening.
Closed on monday.
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Favorite Dish: They have a good selection of pizza, some very interesting as they use some wild herbes that grow wild in the hills called in veneto "rampusoi" (raperonzoli in italian) and that i thought nobody know anymore. But my parents still use to pick them during spring. Tt is a tasty root with a small amount of leaves, I always had it in salad and I know it is very hard to find, so I was really surprised to read it in the menu.
They also have a selection of local food, homemade bigoli and fettuccine, gnocchi with tomato sause or meat sauce and grilled meat.
The Vignalta Enoteca offers numerous kinds of white and red wine several of which are wines that are complex and wonderful, yet the prices are competitive with the other wineries in the area.
We had eaten in a restaurant in the hills and tried the 2005 Cabernet/Merlot blend and found it to be something to look for. So through a little reseach we found the Vignalta enoteca in the village of Arqua Petraca and found their website for days they are open.
The difference between the 2004 and 2005 was not so noticeably different, so we purchased the 2005 for 10 euros a bottle. The 2004 24 Euros. This 2004 had legs, a good bouquet, high alcoholic content, a complex body and a nice finish. They rest it in oak barrels before bottling.
Usually I buy my wine in the market and pay a lot less, but always try to have a few bottles of wine that are better tasting for when my friends visit. This is one I will have ready for them.
I hope you enjoy this experience.
Favorite Dish: They have some appetizer food on the terrace in back. I did not try any of the food offerings.
When Ma Kettle, Paola and myself walked into this pub, we felt very comfortable, and very much at ease.
Wines are produced by their own hands, using pride and years of craftsmanship as their guide, so quality is assured.
The interior is dark, cool, with large wooden benches inside, and shelves of their product lining the walls.
The outside terrace is well shaded, overlooking fields of vineyards, with the Euganean Hills in the distance.
Favorite Dish: We didn't sample the food, but did enjoy a few tastes from the wine they produce.
We sat outside, under great shading trees and vines, with a lovely cool breeze. The afternoon was very hot, but due to the pefect location facing the valley, we were able to spend a couple hours simply talking, eating, drinking, with nary a care in the world.
The service was slow, in fact, we were initially forgotten about. The manageress noticed us, and sent kitchen help out to hurry things along, but due to a misunderstanding, she managed to insult and annoy us. All in a days work, so overall, not a concern.
Favorite Dish: I never had an opportunity to study the menu, but choose a type of Gnocchi which was recommended by the harried waitress. It was wonderful, unlike any Gnocchi I have ever had before.
Unfortunately, it was a very small serving, and there were only three pieces on my plate, each one perhaps the size of a golf ball, but stuffed with a wild hare filling. I would certainly order it again, but a double portion. At 2 euro per ball, it was an expensive Primo.(6 euro total)
Ma Kettle and Paola each had the house specialty, which was a type of ravioli, filled with cheese and shredded pear. Wonderful, and their servings were average sized. The price of their Primo was also 6 euro.
There was a coperto charge of 2 euro each, and 4 euro for a bottle of aqua. Pricey, but we weren't rushed, and we enjoyed the sunny afternoon, protected by the deep fingers of shady respite the foliage provided.
Worth the effort, and the euros, for a pleasant and relaxing meal.
This picture will give you an idea of the shade produced by the various trees and vines within the outside dining area.
If this is a first time visit to Italy for you, then you might not appreciate the value of a quiet scenic view, with SHADE.