I’ve got a one-track mind when it comes to Verona. How was it? Pasta, I reply. Picture this: you walk into a tiny takeaway shop with various trays of fresh, handmade pasta set in the display cabinet. The shop owner stands behind the cabinet with a stove and vats behind him, a la your average Aussie fish and chip shop. The vats, though, contain boiling water only. You choose your pasta type and your sauce, and the fresh pasta is cooked from scratch to order. It’s handed to you in two shakes of a jiffy. The pasta is so fresh – you can see it being handmade off to the side – that it’s cooked almost as soon as it hits the boiling water. Stroll the streets of Verona as you casually enjoy takeaway bigoli or tortellini with fresh white truffles. That’s living! Such delights are available all over Verona, but one trip to La Bottega della Gina in the city centre necessitated a follow-up visit the next day.