Friday, July 8, 2011

Palo Alto: Vero

Last Wednesday night, Andrew and I met up with Elyse and Max at Vero Ristorante on Bryant St for a late-ish dinner.  Vero has an interior that is both cozy and elegant, while service manages to be both friendly and also surprisingly slow; our server's long absences were noticeable even though we weren't in much of a hurry.  This definitely doesn't seem to be a place where one can expect to get in and out quickly, but if one is in the mood to linger then the pace may be just fine.

Fortunately, the food was very good, starting with eggplant parmesan and continuing with orecchiette with broccoli rabe and some sort of cream sauce (no picture, sorry); spaghetti con vongole (pleasantly garlicky, with a satisfying amount of clams); and ravioli with spinach, ricotta, and either an almond or pine-nut-based tomato sauce (I particularly liked the nuttiness, both textural and flavor-wise).

Spaghetti con vongole

Elyse and I enjoyed glasses of prosecco, and to round things off, we all shared the warm flourless chocolate cake with vanilla gelato.  The cake actually wasn't as chocolately as I would have liked, but it still provided a nice ending to a very pleasant dinner.