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Villa Verona-Mediocre food and service with lots of faux painting-Geneva

tony | Feb 24, 200310:19 AM

This was my second trip and it confirmed my first impression. I tried to subtly convince one of my dining companions that this place was comparibly priced to several other better Italian restaurants in the area, but I was too subtle. The food is not gaggingly bad, but it's just not good for the money. Nor was the service. Slow and a bit informal for this type of atmosphere and price range. The three of us split an order of calamari. The biggest complaint about calamari is a rubbery overcooked texture. This was it. Bland breading and a dipping sauce of nothing more than unadulterated canned tomatoes with no seasoning. Sad, but we ate it all.

After finishing the appetizer about twenty minutes passed before we saw our waiter again who had yet to take the orders for our entrees. After he appeared, he greeted us with a, "What's Up?" Instead of replying, "We're just steady Chillin' Dog! Ready to get our eat on!" We ordered our entrees like good young adults. I went with Penne Amatriciana which was servicable but a bit on the underseasoned side. My cousin ordered Veal Saltimbocca which substituted spinach for sage, contained negligable amounts prosciutto and loads of bland white cheese. His wife chose chicken vesuvio which did not smell of garlic and did not have anything resembling crisp roasted skin. Phoned in food.

This place is garishly decorated with every sort of faux painting technique, grapevines, and pastoral murals making it even more off putting. I wanted to like this place as it's close to where we live, it looks nice from the outside and they have silly local cable commercials. The food is not made with care, the service is spotty and the prices are not in line with what is served. It's always crowded like a Hollywood movie with nice special effects but no plot.

Villa Verone Ristorante
416 Hamilton St, Geneva, IL 60134
Phone: (630) 232-2201

Better Choices in the area:

Trattoria Za Za
1 South 1st Street
St. Charles, IL

Francesca's on the River
155 West Illinois
St. Charles, IL

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