Corticella San Marco 3, Verona
    +39 045 596999


    It is said that around the mid-eighteenth century twelve merchants who traded in the nearby Piazza delle Erbe used to meet in this place, which was already considered a sort of inn. It was here that they did business, between a bowl of pasta, steaming beans and a glass of wine. The townsfolk called this group of friends, in a playful manner, the “12 Apostoli” (12 Apostles). And that’s how this place, which they assiduously frequented, came to be known as the 12 Apostoli. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Antonio Gioco, who was concierge at the hotel Colomba d’Oro, was helped by the endorsement of a regular guest at the hotel where he worked, a certain Arnoldo Mondadori, and along with his wife Rosella was able to buy the “12 Apostoli”. This took place just after the First World War, when the restaurant begins to become the reference point for travelers in transit from Verona as well as the daily meeting point for the Verona people.
    Giorgio Gioco was born in 1924. He is the son of Antonio and Rosella. In the 1950s Antonio, with the help of his wife Jole, is the restaurant’s cook and it is during this period that he takes the restaurant to the highest levels of the Italian cuisine, attributing great importance to the local cuisine and local products.
    Today the “12 Apostoli” is considered to be one of the Historical Restaurants of Italy and is the founding member of the Unione dei Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo (Union of the Restaurants with Good Memories) and is a fundamental platform for the city’s numerous cultural activities. The doors are opened every evening with dedication and commitment by the son of Giorgio, Antonio Gioco, along with the important presence of his wife Simonetta. Their mission is to continue to keep this piece of culinary history of Verona alive in a modern world that is changing rapidly.




    “Sostieni il Cibo Locale” (Support Local Food), a five tastings itinerary that will make guests want to discover the culinary horizon of our land. A way of contributing to and encouraging the important work carried out by the small, local producers with which we collaborate.
    The “menu a la carte” option varies frequently, in line with what’s available during the seasons. It allows you to choose between several fish dishes.
    It’s not Haute cuisine…
    rather it’s a cuisine in search of a chef.
    It’s closer to a proverb than an aphorism.
    Its roots are traditional, lost in the stories of the people of this land.

    Tre cucchiai di sentimenti


    Winter Holidays

    Christmas Lunch Menu 2017 
    New year’s Eve 2017-18

    Mise en Place

    Mise en Place

    What’s on top and around the table…

    slide_01 The Frescoes The Frescoes
    15494526276_6c6b9128e7_k The Glasses The Glasses
    15518396165_c58e154125_k Copper plates Copper plates
    15331086640_2f556aa2ac_k The Sculptures The Sculptures
    The wine cellar

    The wine cellar

    As you walk through the narrow stairs from one of the restaurant’s frescoed halls you’ll reach the wine cellar. Here, during some routine maintenance work carried out at the end of the eighties of the last century, an important archaeological discovery was made.
    After roughly three years of excavation, which took place under the supervision of the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, about fifty meters of the podium of a wall belonging to a sacred temple came to light. The temple was probably dedicated to the imperial cult, dating back to the first half of the first century after Christ; a stretch of Roman road, precisely the first left cornerstone of the Cardo Maximus, which once crossed reveals the remains of a considerable portion of the cryptoporticus of the Roman Curia.
    Further on, the foundations of a medieval tower-house are clearly visible. The material used for this
    construction are: pebbles from the river Adige, the original mortars and some large marble boulders that once belonged to the third ring of the Roman amphitheater, the Arena.
    The portion of the cellar that is not part of the archaeological site stores, under the eighteenth century vault, the best bottles of local and national wines and preserves the memories related to the history of the restaurant and the city, such as “Le penne che parlano” (The speaking pens); a collection of pens that belonged to some important names in journalism, art and culture that passed through the restaurant during the whole of the twentieth century to the present day.
    The wine cellar of the 12 Apostoli Restaurant would like to be considered as the heritage of all the citizens of Verona and of those who love the city.


    12 Apostoli Award

    12 Apostoli Award

    “If I had lived in Verona I would have founded the 12 Apostoli award rather than the Bagutta Award”, wrote Orio Vergani in 1937 in the dedications book. At the time, writing down one’s thoughts was a customary practice in the Restaurant at the end of a meal.
    After the book, yellowed with age, was found, the idea to apply the words by the famous journalist from Milan took root in the sixties.
    And it was so that the Gioco family a few years later in 1968, inspired by their friend Cesare Marchi, began the adventure of exploring the world of journalism and literature by establishing this award.
    The award winner, usually a journalist who has a recently-published book, chosen by a jury composed of twelve prestigious writers, receives a bronze sculpture award created by Giorgio Gioco.
    In recent years, the Prize has been enriched by the “Recognition of Art” section, which aims to commend those who in the world of culture and art distinguished themselves through their particular communicative force, capable of attracting the younger generation. Montblanc, the well-known writing instruments company, has been contributing towards this award for some years now, so much so that the award has become the “12 Apostoli-Montblanc” award.


    Browse the list of award winners


    Book a table

    Book a table

    We suggest you book your table by calling +39 045 596999 during the following hours: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., or by filling out the form below.
    Please remember that the restaurant is closed on Sunday evenings and Mondays.
    The reservation will be effective only after our confirmation via phone or by email after checking the availability of tables on the date chosen by you.

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    Corticella San Marco 3, 37121, Verona, Italy
    Tel. +39 045 596999

    How to find us

    Starting at Piazza delle Erbe as your reference point, take via Pelliciai which is marked by a statue of a woman holding a sword to the sky.
    Take the sidewalk on right-side, then take the steps, not the first set, but the second set in marble.

    Starting at Corso Portoni Borsari as your reference point, at the little San Giovanni in Foro church, turn into the alley in front of the church door, at the “Melegatti” sign, and go straight for 40 meters.
    Should you need a Taxi you can call the Unione RadioTaxiVerona: +39 045.532666

    12.15 p.m. to 2 p.m. at lunch
    7.15 p.m. to 10:15 p.m. at dinner
    During Opera nights the doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

    CLOSED: Sunday nights and Mondays

    DRESS CODE: The restaurant does not impose any specific dress code, but we do believe in our guests’ common sense.