Verace: True Italian
Verace: True Italian

Verace: True Italian

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.veracerestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 6312773800x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 4:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 2:00pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Thomas Rougey
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for any questions regarding our catering menu.
  • Private Party Facilities: Like its name, meaning truthfulness, Verace: True Italian is sincere in its commitment to bring authentic Italian cuisine, intrinsically fashionable décor and gracious service to Long Island.
  • Special Events: Please contact the restaurant for any questions regarding private parties.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Locust Avenue
  • Public Transit: LIRR - Islip train stop
  • Parking: Valet
  • Parking Details: Valet parking offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.
A word from Verace: True Italian
This is not like the Italian restaurants you may be used to on Long Island. Verace's menu is designed to incorporate traditional Italian cooking techniques, recipes with modern American twists and fresh, local ingredients. We offer a fantastic selection of meats and cheeses, sliced on our 101 year old Berkel slicer. Start with one of our flatbread pizzas fired in our Woodstone oven or one of our half portions of house made pasta. For your entree, enjoy a full plate of pasta, classics like our Osso Bucco and Shrimp Scampi or Italian American comfort foods like Chicken Parmesan and Veal Marsala. Conclude your dining experience with one of our house made desserts.
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Verace: True Italian reviews from OpenTable diners
106 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
86% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
great for outdoor dining (63)fit for foodies (55)special occasion (49)neighborhood gem (48)romantic (41)hot spot (29)notable wine list (28)good for groups (23)great for lunch (16)late-night find (11)vibrant bar scene (10)kid-friendly (5)great for brunch (5)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Feel like a sardine
    none
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Food was okay but my fix salad had sea salt on the plate, no one else's did, and it ruined it. We were crammed like sardines in the dining area and four of us were at a table that was barely big enough for two.we had to give back our bread and other plates to the waiter just to make room to eat. Saving grace was the outstanding waiter. Not sure I would want to go back again and Endure such cramped quarters while trying to enjoy a meal
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing!
    Alomba
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Love coming here. One of the best Italian restaurants on the Island.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great birthday
    Orly
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    From start to finish, outstanding. Great service, food, atmosphere
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointing.
    WineListFirst
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I was very surprised and extremely disappointed. For this group to have so many good restaurants and the food be so poor at Verace was shocking.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An Off Day
    MoonstruckOneVIP
    Dined on 9/24/2014
    I usually like Verace for lunch, but on this occasion I felt like the step child at the reading of the will. The first course clams & salads were good. My main course spaghetti & meatballs consisted of 1/4 cup of spaghetti & two tiny meatballs. Meanwhile my friend's shrimp scampi included a huge bowl of pasta & at least eight shrimp. Her lunch dish was six times the size of mine. I don't know what they are doing in the kitchen. The last time I ordered this dish, I got spaghetti & meatballs. If this was my first experience, I would not return! The kitchen as to figure it out. I left hungry. The last time I left w half my meatballs in a take out box. Ripped off!
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pasta and tap wine
    mccmVIP
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    Homemade pasta, always cooked properly (al dente), with shrimp in lemon sauce is a consistent winner. Ditto for the Wines on tap. The cheese and meats boards are really enjoyable. All employees were friendly and restaurant decor/ambience is very pleasant
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday celebration
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    I went to Verace recently to celebrate a friends birthday and it was a great dining experience. Our waitress was very patient and attentive despite the fact that it was packed. We ordered the Caprese salad as an appetizer and the mozzarella was so fresh it almost melted in your mouth! We also had the fig bruschetta and meatballs, both great! As an entrée I had chicken marsala which was okay but the chicken was a little dry. I also had half order of penne a la vodka and it was very tasty. My only complaint is that even with a reservation on a Saturday night we still had to wait a long time to be seated, at least about 20 min.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    cazzyVIP
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    The food is excellent, but I feel they need more wait staff. The out door dining area was understaffed and the bar was not stocked properly. The bartender had to run inside to get any wine. That meant a long wait time for service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Treme - must try!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    Great food, service & ambiance. Great menu selection.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for lunch
    MoonstruckOneVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    We were served very good food. The apple salad is excellent. The spaghetti & meatballs were good. The pizza was good. The house Pinot Grigio was mediocre,
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Wine dinner outstanding!
    Luvmyfood
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Our three course wine dinner was wonderful! First course cavitelli with sausage and broccoli rabe was complimented with Sauvignon Blanc; surf and turf main ( strip steak and shrimp with corn purée and balsamic ) was cooked perfectly and was complimented with red montelpuciano;and desert was a fabulous piece of the most delicious tieramisu and coffee liquor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lovely evening
    Ashley2014
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    We had a lovely evening & delicious dinner at Verace. The service was excellent as was our server Sean.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Authentic Italian Food.
    CharlieVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Take it from a sicilian the food is outstanding I highly recommend the Lasagna made with short rib meat and pork very very good and try their antipastas all made to perfection. And dont leave without desserts...Buon Appetit..
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Lunch
    MoonstruckOneVIP
    Dined on 9/5/2014
    We started w fabulous meatballs & a great fresh salad w pecans. We both had delicious shrimp scampi as our main course. Pasta was cooked perfectly. Portions were generous & all the food was delicious. Bread was ok; olive oil was of outstanding quality. The house red wine was good & fairly priced. You really can't beat the lunch special: two courses for $17 per person.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013VIP
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Food was off. Not very tasty. Perhaps not the regular chef on Labor DAy. Probably try again
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best Italian
    Jess
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    Love this Italian food! It is the best around, have gone plenty of times and will be back for sure. I highly recommend
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always
    LovespastaVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Verace is consistently a good bet,we are always more than well satisfied as Verace always exceeds our expectations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, late-night find, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful restaurant
    breadguy226
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Staff & service was great also the food was excellent. One negative was the tables were right on top of each other wasn't very romantic.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Local Winner
    Mcstump
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Closer to an Italian Bistro than a restaurant. Limited menu but the food is outstanding. Service is excellent and the wait staff goes out of their way to be helpful. Try the Chicken Parm-its amazing!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • special
    Lisa
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Everything was just a special dining experience. From the friendly professional greeting to the very attentive wait staff, you were made to believe you deserved this. Food was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic
    DiningdivaVIP
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    We had a family outing and ate on the terrace which was lovely. We shared a bunch of appetizers to start. All were superb the buratta was exceptional. We were all thrilled with both the pasta and meat entrees that we ordered. The service was also very attentive.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Monday wine night
    Jro74
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    My wife and I went to the wine night this past Monday. The restaurant was not particularly busy so it was not as loud as it can be there on a busy weekend night. We first had a cocktail at the bar and them took a table in their back seating area. The 3 courses and wine pairings were excellent and all of the staff we encountered were very pleasant and accommodating. A very relaxing evening. We will definately go again on a Monday evening.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but very bad service!
    Annoyed
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Waited 1/2 hour to get our wine. Then we received only 6 pieces of bread had 7 people at the table. Requested more bread, never received it. The restaurant ran out of bread. Ordered the mussels, the shells were biggers than the mussels. The waiter never asked us how our meals were. Never saw him until after we were all done.
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  • Great place
    Taylor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Great food , good service . Sat outside on a nice night and it was quiet and enjoyable .
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Food
    Joan
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    The food was very good; the server was attentive and pleasant. Tables are close together. Can be a bit of a tight squeeze for the wait staff to get around the tables. Food is very good, but a bit pricey. I found the noise level about the same as any restaurant on a Saturday night. Would definitely return.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent dining experience.
    Liam461VIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    We had been wanting to go to this restaurant for some time now and glad that we finally made it. It was a awesome time. Let's start by saying, the food was excellent. I had the home made pasta in the bolenese sauce. This is no ordinar red meat sauce ( it's not red at all ), chunks of delicious meat packed with flavor. My companion had the Bronzino. Which she loves and said this was the best one she has ever had. Enough said. Our waitress, Angeline, aas a pleasure. Very attentive and easy to find when needed. Even though she was obviously busy because all the tables were full, but not overbearing. The atmosphere was very relaxed, great music in the background, but not to loud. Extremely pleased and highly recommended.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, late-night find, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • timb
    timb
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Food was excellent, nice portions, in fact we had enough for dinner the next day and the waitress ( Julie ) was on point and very accomodating. We definitely will return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yum!
    AKDine
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The food was delicious. The pasta is made on location and the creamy polenta is delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Enjoyable evening
    Lawa
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Verace is a great restaurant. The food is amazing & you want to try everything on the menu. The waitress was great too. I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love this place
    Mep0198VIP
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    We have been here many times and each time it is excellent, we ae never disappointed. Service is excellent, food is beautifully prepared and we can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great restaurant
    laurac
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    We are outside on the patio and it was soo nice. food was great, our server was great and so was the wine..
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always, a pleasure.
    Peter
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    We're regulars here, and it's never a disappointment!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2001VIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The name indicates it all. True Italian. Home made pasta certainly makes a difference. Prices are very reasonable. The waiter was very attentative and curtious. Definetly worth a try.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great atmosphere and food
    Rpfa
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    This was my first time at Verace, I gave been wanting to try this restaurant for a while. I'm glad I Did. The salad was fresh and light and we all enjoyed our main courses and, of course, dessert was yummy. Loved the decor on the inside and there were 2 special outdoor eating areas which were fun and inviting. The outdoor bar area looked like the hot spot to be on a warm July evening. Will certainly return to have a drink there. The only negative, which is not a major point, is that our waiter and some of the wait service was inexperienced and not particularly polished. Certainly didn't deter us but I had a different expectation. They were friendly and courteous which is always expected and appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent as always !!
    Cruella1114
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    We love Verace. The food is excellent. Service is great. Must try the cheese and cured meat boards.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • One of my favorites
    LovespastaVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    Simply put you will not be disappointed as a matter of fact, Verace will exceed your expectations time and time again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food & good atmosphere
    VicG
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    If you are looking for a sweet date, good food, nice wine; come to this place, it won't disappoint you!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    This was our first visit to Verace. The patio was nice for outdoor seating, although the chairs felt strange (pliable plastic). The food was very good, but the wine pairing was weird -- they served a white blend with the meatball appetizer and a heavy red with the fish entree. The music was a bit abrasive -- loud pop/rock. The server was very nice but did not know the menu or the wine. All-in-all, it was a somewhat odd experience.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Better seating
    Greta
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    I was wondering if you seat Open Table customers in the worst seat in the house. We were a table of 4 and there was plenty of seating downstairs when we got there. You sat us near the wait station upstairs in the most crowded area when there was much better seating all over the restaurant. You also seemed to be short of staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Little bit of Italy in Islip
    cheech
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    The lunch menu @ Verace: nice variety and reasonable. Server (Michael) was attentive & hospitable. The general manager Mark came to the table to check on us twice. Awsome homemade pasta, a true gem in islip
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.