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.
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