Caffe Vero, now called Pasta Vero in Bolton Landing was one of the many places we dined at during our vacation stay near Lake George. I was very excited when I saw the extensive menu and wine list, and they had outdoor dining as well which we loved. We decided dining outside on the patio was preferable to inside so we could "people watch". We began with a glass of wine for me and a local beer for my husband. I noticed the atmosphere was leisurely and decided an appetizer would be best especially since we were already quite hungry. I had a feeling our food might take some time. It did, the appetizer took at least twenty minutes to appear. I was surprised the portion was smaller than I expected. The appetizer we chose was the bruschetta which was delicious if a bit over oiled, however, I felt their new twist on it was a good combination. The artichoke heart and stem were very refreshing, the truffle oil was what brought it together to mouth watering. Once we each ate it, I decided the portion was enough because of the richness of the oil. Once that was served it went a little down hill from there. The waitress tried to let us know there was some sort of bread "situation" but she would be out with some as soon as possible. This took at least fifteen minutes. I believe we should have gotten the bread before the appetizer. She did a good job explaining the basil oil and balsamic vinegar that came with it, but I wasn't all that impressed. She was a little overly enthusiastic in her explanations, perhaps helping us become a little disappointed when the real food came. She also stated they had just sat a table of fourteen inside, no doubt her being their waitress she was overloaded. So the service became sketchy. Finally when the dinner did arrive about twenty five minutes after the appetizer, I was disappointed. It seemed it as set under a heat lamp in the interim for a long period of time. As if we were forgotten. That wouldn't have been so bad but the actual portion size was much to be desired, especially for $18 a plate. My husband decided on lasagna, something simple. The "beef" in the lasagna was beef, however it was made into sausage which had very strong flavors, he was not expecting sausage, he was expecting ground beef with light flavorings. The menu should have mentioned the ground meat in the lasagna was "sausage". The portion he received was so tiny I thought he was going to say something considering the price. It looked like left over wedding food, very thin and sad looking. I thought he would be getting a larger size and more "heft" to it. I had the pasta with wild mushrooms and porcini sauce. It was decent but again for $18 we thought we would be bringing some home! Pasta is fairly cheap to make, I was a disappointed by the portions. The pasta was homemade but between the thick sauce and it laying under a heat lamp it made it chalky and stuck together. It was a bit too chewy and rich. The mushrooms were not very numerous. There was no salt at all added to either dish. We had to ask the waitress for salt and pepper since there was none on the tables outside and it took her some time to get it to us. There was no offer of freshly grated cheese either but we noticed it was offered at another table. Once we ate, we again waited for another half hour before the waitress appeared again and take away our plates. It took another long wait to get our bill. I understand their menu tried to reflect the delicate flavors of southern Italy along with the leisure that goes with the culture, however, we were not impressed. I also realize the service had a bit to do with our experience, while she was exceptionally nice she wasn't paying attention to detail which was disappointing considering the type of restaurant it was. It was the portion size that really got us though. Again, we realized that the food was not supposed to be overwhelming and "Americanized" with overly large portions, however, for the price we paid we did expect a little more in all categories. I would say if you do visit, sit inside, order something "regular" such as the puttanesca, something with a bit more sauce to it and don't expect large portions.
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