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Verona Trattoria, Section 17 Petaling Jaya

A carnivore's delight

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.

Chunky and flavourful

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.

Quattro Stagioni

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.

Crisp, thin crust

P0rk Ribs

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.

Deliciously tender

Fettuccine Carbonara

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

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.

Cheese is good for you...

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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Ambiance: 6/10
Price: 6/10
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.

Verona Trattoria
8, Jalan 17/54,
Section 17,
46400 Petaling Jaya.
Business hours: 12noon to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10pm.
Closed on Sunday
03-7960 2890

21 Responses

  1. ulric

    Food is good…but looks like they need to buck up on their service…thanx for d heads up on this place =)

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yes, once they get the service right, all is good. 🙂

  2. Hard to get a nice minestrone here at KL, this definitely looks promising with generous chunks of vegetables~

    1. Bangsar Babe

      You should give this place a try. Maybe you’ll get better service than I did. Hehe

  3. minestrone looks hearty enough. yet to find good ones in town. will check this out. the most memorable ones we had were the days when salvatore was open in jalan ampang in phileo.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      That’s true. And it’s affordable too! 😀

  4. Actually, original carbonara is more eggy than cheesy.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yup! I was shocked when I tried carbonara in Venice in 2007. Lol

  5. mmmmm, i’m lusting after some good pork ribs now! it’s become my obsession this year, i think, even though i don’t show it 😀 yikes, about the staff leaving on the dot. they sound like me, the way i flee the office as soon as i can! 😀

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Hahahaha!! But you’re not in the F&B line, so it’s ok. 😉

  6. Been a long time since I had a good carbonara.

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Time to get your fix. Then again…you can make it yourself. Since you love cooking!

  7. Either you went at a time when there was less crowd, Sue Lynn, or the kitchen was already preparing it when you and rif arrived. Hmm, as much as I would love to try their Fettuccine Carbonara, I’m unsure if I can stand the idea of eating it with the cheese and egg together. =/

    1. Bangsar Babe

      But why? Egg and cheese are good together. 🙂

  8. Dacs

    All this food for only 2 of you?
    You must be kidding me.

  9. One of my favourite places!! great pick girl:)

    1. Bangsar Babe


  10. Food looks good, especially the minestrone. Sad ’bout the service though. But will still pop by to try it out soon 😉

    1. Bangsar Babe

      Yeah, do try. Maybe you’ll get better service then. 😉

  11. Mimi

    Services are lousy & the boss (probably) with strong accent is arrogant!! Not worth a try at all! Spasso Milano in Pavilion is so much better!

  12. adrian lee

    Utterly disappointed with the staff and the boss. Made a reservation at 830pm and it was handle by a very rude staff who seems to be too busy with taking reservation.

    When my girlfriend and me arrived there, we had to wait for another 30 minutes. When we got to our table, the table was dragged away by a fat arabic looking guy with 50 percent body fat.

    He said you cant be sitting at this table, and I told him your manager said the table for 2 is ready but he that fat stucked up guy said “im the owner, the table made a reservation of 30 but 35 is coming” and my gf and me were left standing there like dumbass.

    No matter how good is your business, thats no way treating your guests like that. So I just stompes out and think its worthless to try the food. If I wasnt in a good mood that day, I would slap that fat ass owner and give him the exercise he truly needs.

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