The food was good, but not great. In addition, the presentation was very plain and the portion sizes modest. Granted in a casual place, I'm not looking for fancy presentation, but the shredded lettuce that accompanied my falafel and hummus just looked sad. Similarly the portion sizes, both for the baba appetizer and the falafel main dish, were underwhelming.
Regarding the atmosphere, it was a bit too casual for my group of colleagues. As a general rule, academic scientists are pretty laid back, but the wooden benches and large open space lacked any ambience.
I've been a fan of Mediterranean cooking for several years now, especially so since this spring's report about its major health benefits. So when I travel, I make sure to try at least one Mediterranean-style restaurant during my visit. I must say that I have a pretty high standard for cheap and casual Mediterranean food, since northeast Ohio has a small chain that's consistently voted as the best cheap-eats in the area. Unfortunately, Pita Vera while good, simply doesn't compare. So I'm in no rush to try this place again the next time I'm in Blacksburg.
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