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
96 reviews since May 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 (51)special occasion (51)fit for foodies (41)neighborhood gem (41)romantic (38)notable wine list (28)hot spot (26)good for groups (18)great for lunch (13)late-night find (13)vibrant bar scene (9)great for brunch (6)kid-friendly (6)scenic view (3)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • wine not?
    feedme
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    their monday nite wine pairings are a great way to taste a bit of the menu and entice you to return for more... while perusing the menu it broke my heart to see the carbonara is no longer offered... too bad as that is one of my faves... probably one of the better dishes they served... c'est la vie. anyway, the chicken saltimbuoco (sp?) was moist on the inside and yummy on the outside! and I'm not a fan of broccoli rob, but the way it's prepared here is more than palatable; ah, alright, it was actually good, and not bitter... really nice sauce on that and w/the chicken dish made a great main course. The newer members of the wait staff are wonderful additions and hope to see them again in the near future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • experience
    pizzaman
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Hello, To the management, I am happy to say that from the minute I walked in. I was pleasantly welcomed and the staff was awesome. The food was just as good as the service. being in the restaurant industry makes it hard to get fresh food but to get great service as well. I will be back because I feel its a great value and the quality is A-!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Stay away
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Went for a Fathers Day dinner. The bread placed on the table was stale and toasted to try and cover up that fact. The food was no better than a local long island pizzeria. Service was so-so. I would not recommend this place at all. If they are passing of stale bread what other short cuts are they taking.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Outdoor dining treasure
    iheartNewYork
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Great ambiance. Love the outdoor area. It's private, spacious, great for small or large groups.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very dissapointed
    Foodgoddess
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    One of our group ordered an Expresso Martini. It was prepared incorrectly twice before they got it right the third time. ( they ran out of Kaluha) The food preparation is inconsistent. Mussels in white wine sauce was prepared differently from one to the other at our table. One had sauce that definitely had butter that was burnt, very bitter. Our meals were another kind of experience. While two of our group had meals that they felt were okay, two of us had meals that were inedible. The chef is extremely heavy handed with the salt and the gnocchi was gritty. While the Assistant Manager did come to apologize and did comp us the first round of drink and gave us gift cards, I would never go back again.
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  • Great
    DakotasunVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2014
    This restaurant never fails to serve wonderful food as well as great service. I can be very picky about Italian food because I love to cook, the meatballs meatballs, sauce all taste homemade. The polenta is delicious ! Chicken , seafood all wonderful!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A Mixed Review
    MoonstruckOneVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    If this were our first trip to Verace, it would have been our last. The food was mediocre. The clams oreganato, which are usually very good, were dried out and tasteless. The Caesar salad was good and generous. The veal meatballs were bland. The lasagne was dreadful. The house wines were good. The hostesses, and our server, Andrew, the bartender, were friendly. Unfortunately, the clams oreganato were on the priced fixed menu. I suspect they made the clams in advance and reheated them. All they accomplished. Cutting corners never works. Excepting the wine and salad, the food was all poor to mediocre. However, we dined in the quiet, lovely alley between Verace & Teller's. The beautiful flowers were the highlight of our evening.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Another Great Meal!
    NewFavorite
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Another great meal before a Ducks game! They were however out of Black Pepper Cavatelli at 5:15? There was only one other table seated in the entire place, how could they be out already? Had to substitute Penne. I can get Penne at Applebee's. Disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another Great Dining Experience
    mydogz2
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    I am never disappointed when dining here. Love the branzino. Shrimp scamp was awesome. My martini was perfect.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Acoustics bad
    ClaudieVIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Had dinner Saturday night. Food was great. But I will not return on a Saturday night due to the extremely loud atmosphere. The 3 guests with me had trouble hearing each other talk.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Rickeatsout
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    No bread on the tables, terrible smell outside, very noisy inside hard to talk
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Martha333VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    Verace is always an outstanding place to dine. Excellent food and service. The Ricola Salad is outstanding with very fresh greens. We both loved the pasta with white clam sauce. And of course, the birthday gift card is always a plus
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • great food & time
    luvthisplace12345VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2014
    went to this amazing place for the 3rd time and it gets better and better each time the food was amazing as well as the service !!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot
    Chronostinman
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Got me laid so enough said. But for real it's a great place for a date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Service
    Tom11715
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Our dining experience at Verace was superb and the service at this restaurant was excellent. One individual in particular stood out and made our evening so worth while. We are not sure but we believe that his name might have been 'Mat'. He went to all lengths to ensure that we were well taken care of and truly took a personal interest in making our evening spectacular.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good experience
    MiketheWolf
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The food was really good.. I really liked the Bruschetta and I liked the Chicken Francese . The sautéed spinach and their potatoes were really delicious. Julie, our server was so attentive, friendly, and sweet. She is a great asset to the restaurant. Overall a very good dinner and now I want to try the other restaurants that are owned by this group. Thank you Verace!
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • TheWhiteWizard
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    First time there. It is a nice place. Good menu. Th staff was very friendly and polite, if not just a little too quick. Food was good. Appetizers outstanding, entree could have had just a little more food in the plate! Perhaps the negatives were due to it being Restaurant week. Its a little noisy in there too, but I'll go back.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Fantastic
    Alomba
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Great food and service. Can't ask for more! The restaurant is very popular and fills up quickly, so definitely make reservations if you plan on going. Also, the noise level is a bit high as a result, if that kind of thing bothers you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 57 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 635 reviews are from the Verace: True Italian reviews archive.
  • One of our favorites!
    2diners
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Consistently excellent food preparation. Bustling and caring staff. Pleasant ambiance.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.