I went to Vero this week. I'm out in Palo Alto on business (visiting from Boston) and decided to spend my per diem at Vero. What a waste of per diem.
It was Wed night at 7PM and the place was empty, perhaps no one has 'discovered' it yet. The decor was decent and the waitress was friendly and spoke Italian with the bar and kitchen staff. A good begining.
For an appetizer I ordered the Insalata di polpo which is a salad of chopped octopus, olives, cubed potatoes in an olive oil and parsely dressing. While not bad, it wasn't especially good. There was a good deal of chopped octopus in the salad (perhaps too much), the portion size was good, but it quickly became boring.
For the pasta course I ordered the Amatriciana (I think it was called that) it was spaghetti (very al dente and very good) in a red tomato sauce with some tomatoes and red pepper. Again, it wasn't the best dish ever, but not really bad either, very middle of the road. The portion was a good size, not to the proportions of a Maggiano's style pasta dish (thank goodness).
I skipped a main course and had the Tiramisu for dessert. I should have skipped dessert too... The tiramisu tasted like it had been frozen and then thawed and then served. It was soggy, but not because the lady fingers were over soaked in liquor, but water logged. Under the tiramisu there were little water puddles. I also ordered an expresso which was fine.
At the end of the meal the waitress asked why I didn't finish the Tiramisu. I told her it was soggy and she seemed perplexed as it was made fresh that day.... Perhaps it was, but it didn't taste that way.
The meal was $27 with tax and without tip and no wine. Not a bad price considering portion size, but not really worth it on the taste front.
Perhaps the folks at Vero are still working out the kinks. I wish them luck.
Incidently the website is: http://www.veroristorante.com
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