Guess where I ate today! Vera Pizza
Well this is one I’ve been wanting to try for awhile, so when my parents gave me card-blanche to pick any restaurant to dine at (within a reasonable price range) I chose Vera Pizza on Lexington.
So this place is small, really small. From an early blueprint I found on Buffalo Rising, there’s seating for roughly 30, not including the bar. I can honestly say I’ve never seen such a tastefully done buildout, that really feels authentic. Industrial yet extremely comfortable, not pretentious at all. They only take reservations between 5-6:00pm, after that it’s first come first serve. We got there close to 6:30 on a saturday night and luckily a table was just finishing up and we were seated in about 10 minutes.
We were greeted with still water served in glasses slightly larger than a shot glass. I was very happy to see Pellegrino on the drink menu and ordered that at the bargain price of $3 for the bottle. Like all proper meals should, ours started with goat cheese, stuffed inside a risotto ball. The Arancini was served in a spicy San Marzano tomato sauce and big enough to split between two people. The goat cheese at the center was a little cold but once submerged in sauce it was brought up to temperature. Was it good? yes. Was it worth $9? not really.
At Vera PIZZA, you have to order pizza right? Right! So that’s what we had. I had the Potato Rosemary w/ an egg ($13). Besides the potato and rosemary, this pizza came topped with a truffle cream sauce. Anytime I hear truffle, I get nervous because truffle is a very intense flavor that has a nasty habit of overpowering an entire dish. In this case, it really complemented the pizza. It was a filling pie, that left me puzzled in regard to reviews I read about people leaving hungry, which I find simply implausible. Now you may think the egg may be weird but just give it a shot, you won’t regret it, it worked well.
My parents also got pizzas. The Margarita Pizza ($11) was simplistically delicious. There was something about the sauce, I don’t know what it was, but it had an aftertaste that made this the best pizza sauce I ever had. My mom had the Porchetta ($12) which had braised pork shoulder, olives, and fontina. I really loved the taste of the pork, and my mom enjoyed the olives but wished there were a few more.
For those not in the pizza mood, they offer several appetizers, a couple pasta dishes, and some entrees (one of which they were out of upon my visit).
Even though I cannot take advantage of it, I should at least give a shout out to the pre-prohibition era bar at Vera. Watching these mixologists work was simply astonishing, making drinks that seemed well worth the $10 price tag.
I can not wait to return to Vera. The prices were very reasonable, in fact I probably would have paid that much just to hang out in there. I encourage all to give this a shot, preferably not on the same time as me as that might make it hard for me to get a table…