Spit roasting is the beating heart of our cuisine, used for both classic meat-based recipes and unusual preparation such as vegetables and fish.
It’s an ancient grilling method based on slowly rotating a piece of meat over a live flame. This rotation allows the meat to self baste with its own juices. The meat roasts as it cooks and becomes tender and savoury while developing a perfectly crisp crust.
“Masenar par l’avenir”
In our regional dialect this sentence has a double meaning: it promises to “save flour for the future” but also “to come to blows”. The latter meaning was adopted as a fighting motto by Masenini, a small group of “carbonari” (“charcoal-burners” – a secret revolutionary society active in Italy in XIX Century).
Their aim was to defeat the Austrian tyranny and to establish an Italian constitutional government.
Right next to our nowadays Trattoria, in 1836, there was a tavern where the ‘Masenini’ secretly met, plotted and acted to protect the ‘italianity’. We humbly stole the name of those heroes to express the pride we hold for our cuisine, which embeds in its flavours centuries of history and culture.
I Masenini restaurant is located in a very special place in the historical city centre of Verona, a few steps from the Arena, in a very quiet widening of Via Roma, just right in front of Castelvecchio, where in spring and summer guests are hosted by a flowering courtyard.
The main room inside has a vintage atmosphere, thanks to the wooden boiserie, crystal chandeliers and French prints on the wall.
Modernity is provided by the ‘Molteni’ open space kitchen: one of the very first ever created.