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“This Jewel Must Not Be Missed” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Verona Italian Restaurant - CLOSED

Verona Italian Restaurant
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
West Covina, California
Level Contributor
59 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“This Jewel Must Not Be Missed”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

Our son is proudly serving our country in the Army and we took this as an opportunity to help him move to Fort Polk, Louisiana and experience a newer culture as a mini vacation to boot. Verona, for lack of a better phrase, is OFF THE HOOK!
Being that we had a very finicky eater, our granddaughter, we thought to try an Italian meal. As we drove Lake Charles Highway, we came upon Verona, with no idea of what to expect. We walked in to see a very nice establishment that had the look of a BBQ eatery, rather than a place that specializes in Italian cuisine and was greeted by smiles and a friendly welcome. Our purpose, in reality, was to get a pizza that would help us persuade our granddaughter (Duckie) to eat, which could be a tough job.
There were three and a half of us, my husband, daughter, granddaughter and myself. My husband had the Carbonara, my daughter had the chicken parmigiana, and I had the Verona Special (Veal). I did try all of these dishes and they were delicious and well prepared. The Carbonara was very emblematic of the dish we were served in Italy during our last vacation. It was freshly prepared and was silky smooth in texture. The Chicken Parm was rich in marinara and had a zest to it that was pleasing, without being overwhelming. The chicken aspect was tender and flavorful. The Verona Special was prepared with freshly prepared penne pasta and sparsely added artichoke, olives, and of coarse, veal. The veal was delicate and full of flavor; my only negative criticism, is that there could have been a bit more of a serving of the veal, but other than that, it was incredible.

We rationalized the fact that we should take some of the meal home with us so our son and daughter-in-law could taste the delight that we just had; when in fact we really wanted to try some of the choice desserts that Verona offered. We ordered the Tiramisu, the Lemoncello cake, and the Italian Cheesecake which all carried a “sex on a plate” status.

Our server (Soul, yes, that is his name) was a friendly, polite, and very helpful in assisting us to choose our dinner selections; plus a little bit more (wink, wink). We also met the chef Scott who came to the table so we could express our gratitude in the wonderful array of flavors that were prepared for us.

Even though we are only here for a couple of nights, Verona is leaving an ever lasting impression on my family and myself to the tune of wishing we had the chance to eat more often in our hometown.

If you want pizza, then call Pizza Hut, but if you want GREAT Italian food, please do yourself a favor and rush to Verona; you wont be let down. Here’s to bringing a little bit of romance to the Fort Polk area………Thank you Verona.

Visited July 2014
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46 reviews from our community

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  • English first
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English first
Temple, Texas
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Don't even...”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

By the time you get your food, you're sorry. It was just awful. The kids wouldn't eat any of it. The waitresses were slow and completely rude. They actually avoided eye contact with you!! To all my military brothers and sisters; save yourselves the money and aggravation and just order pizza from Fox's.

Visited May 2014
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2 Thank Ken B
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Morgan's Point Resort, Texas
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Two Years to get our food”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2014

The wait was terribly long. The food was bland and horrible. The prices were outrageous. And, the staff was snide. Don't waste your time nor money and they will take a lot of both!!

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank Christy L
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Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Amazing! !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2014 via mobile

Although it was short staffed everything was amazing. I love to see an owner that will get his hands dirty and buss tables. He even stopped by everyone's table to talk and ask how food was. Scott the owner was just great. The atmosphere was wonderful. I will be going back!

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Thank Amber W
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Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Decent Meal”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2014

We had a decent (average) meal, with calamari appetizer first then salads (wrong dressings so back they went). Promised hot rolls that never appeared, then asked later when our meal came and told they were still in the oven. Seems during the meal something was going on and she and the other waitress talked loudly for a while then disappeared. No visits between the time we got our meal, and we waited about 15 minutes after finishing before there was an appearance so we could get our check. We asked about the rolls and the waitress just rolled her eyes and said they was a problem with them. Don't know if that was real, or just an excuse. There was no one else around us (pretty dead at that time) so couldn't see if anyone else got rolls.

It was an OK meal, so we'll try again next visit and see if the service was just a bad day, or a trend.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Steve B
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