I am a terrible telesales person. I’m never one to answer work calls in a bubbly, oh-it-is-my-utmost-pleasure-to-serve-you voice, let alone mood. While I’m not big on excessive displays of bubbly-ness, I always try to be efficient when it comes to answering work-related calls. When I called Verona Trattoria to make a dinner reservation for two, my call was answered by a staff who didn’t know what she was doing. I resorted to emailing the restaurant to make a reservation.
I’ve been hearing good things about this place and the owner’s decision to go non-halal was exactly what I needed to try the food. While I’m not crazy about the décor of the place, the outlet feels cozy enough to enjoy a relaxed, carefree meal. The menu was straightforward and the food came quite quickly – faster than rif and I could manage.
The minestrone (RM10) was as robust and rich as it should be. Laden with onions, celery, carrots, tomatoes, beans and pasta bits, this was rightly thick and hearty in every way. I reckon this was by far the best minestrone I’ve tried in KL.
Verona Trattoria boasts a variety of thin-crust pizza with inviting toppings and the one that caught my fancy was the Quattro Stagioni (RM30), also known as the four seasons. Topped with mushrooms, ham, red peppers and bacon, the pizza crust maintained its crisp, charred and thin nature throughout. My favourite topping was the mushroom, cooked to a tender state.
rif’s Costine di Maiale Brasato (RM42) was a delicious unison of ribs and tomato-based gravy. The ribs were incredibly tender yet firm enough to eat with a knife and fork, and the alternating layers of fat kept the meat flavourful. I found the gravy tangy, rich and satisfying. Portion was generous; a small eater would find this a challenge to put away.
Verona’s carbonara (RM26) delivered balance and richness. The pasta was toothsome while the cream gravy coated each strand nicely. That said, I prefer my carbonara to be heavy on the cheese and egg. This version was a tad light for my liking.
Pollo Parmigiana (RM28) featured breaded fried chicken fillets topped with fresh tomato ragu and mozzarella. I’m not big on chicken breast, but Verona’s version was pleasantly tender and juicy. The tomato ragu struck a good balance of flavours and the gooey mozzarella gave it a rich accent. Pretty good stuff.
We didn’t manage to try any dessert not because we were too full, but because the kitchen ceased operation the minute the clock struck 10pm. Heck, the staff were lining up at the front door to clock out! No heads up were given to us so I guess I’ll have to do dessert another time.
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Food: 7/10 (non halal)
Verdict: Verona Trattoria serves pretty good Italian food, but they could use a bit of sprucing up in terms of service.
8, Jalan 17/54,
46400 Petaling Jaya.
Business hours: 12noon to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm.
Closed on Sunday