A few years ago when I was searching for a bar to watch England playing in the world cup I happened upon a very pretty birreria down a back street in Salo. The owners were very friendly and the decor was very traditional and full of character. It had clever brickwork, a wooden panelled bar, beer barrels and ‘coats of arms’ and most importantly the beer was fantastic. The place had a very warm feel to it, just the sort of place where I like to enjoy a beer, the fact that the I could watch the England game was a bonus. To watch the football I was directed down a few steps which took me into a beautiful cave like area with a spectacular arched stone ceiling. It was really cool in this area and provided a welcome relief from the outside temperature was well into the 30’s. I have to admit I enjoyed more than a couple of the very good beer that was being served and England won so it turned out to be a very satisfying evening.

I revisited a number of times, to watch more matches…..but also when the World Cup was over….. to enjoy the atmosphere and the beer. When I returned to Salo the following year I was really looking forward to returning to the bar and enjoying a beer but I was very disappointed to find that the place had closed. I checked again and again for a couple of years but the bar remained closed. So when I returned this year I was very happy to find out that the bar had re-opened.

The bar is called Taverna degli Scudi and you will find it in via Fantoni, which is the second street back from the lake, heading west after the square where the ferry boats come in.

The birreria is owned by two Argentinian brothers who are dedicated to offering something slightly different to the beautiful town of Salo. They are Guiness lovers so this is there house beer, they also serve Kilkenny and Harp from Ireland on draught and a very good German beer Augustiner. They also have a very good choice of bottled international beers, including beers from American, Germany and Belgium. They have a small menu which includes very tasty burgers made from Argentinian beef, and also other light meals and snacks.

They have a couple of screens on which you can view Italian football, Formula 1 and other sporting events. By the end of the year they hope to have Sky so it will also be possible to watch the English premier league.

They are really nice people with who want to make this place work but because of their location they don’t get a lot of passing trade. It would be a shame if I came back next year and found that it was shut…..it is far too beautiful and needs to be enjoyed. So give them your support, just try one lunch or an evening beer off of the lake front and lets try to get this place going. I’m sure that after you’ve been there once you will want to return…….and I can’t think of a better place to watch next years Brazilian World Cup.

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