San Francisco, California
April 4, 2002
The hotel is in a renovated 17th century building, with the baroque details preserved, yet has been upgraded to modernity. (i.e. all rooms have air conditioning and a private bath).
Hotel Restaurants in Italy aim higher than their counterparts in the States, and the one in this hotel is no exception. For a splurge, the Ristorante Accademia offers gourmet cuisine, a mix of city, regional (Veneto) and classic Italian dishes. Veronese and other Italians often come here for a special dinner. Try the Pappardelle con finferli e fiori di
zucchini fritti, a pasta dish with fried zucchini flowers!
While ordering a la carte can run up the tab, if you stick with their set menu (presso fisso) you can eat and drink quite well for 36 euro. You get a couple choices for Antipasto, primi piatti, secondi, legumi, dolce and even 1/2 l. vino, 1/2 l aqua minerale, and caffe!) Try getting a decent multi-course meal with wine in the States for around $30!
As I lived in an apartment during my visit, I personally have not stayed at the hotel (though I did ramble about the lovely lobby). However my flatmate has and he often runs tours of Italy. He lodges his guests (used to luxurious lodgings) at the Accademia when in town, and he organizes at least one meal at the restaurant.
From journal Verona a Tavola