Verona Cucina Italiana
Verona Cucina Italiana

Verona Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.veronamodesto.com/
  • Phone: 2095498876
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: M-Sa 11:00am-4:00pm

    Dinner: M-Th 4:00pm-9:30pm

    Dinner: F-Sa 4:00pm-10:40lm

    Dinner: Su 4:30pm-9:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Jaime Alderete
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We will personalize your catering menu to your specifications.
  • Special Events: We will gladly go on-site and cater any event of your choosing.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Briggsmore
  • Parking: Private Lot
A word from Verona Cucina Italiana
The freshest ingredients available are used in our classic Northern Italian recipes. We only use fresh seasonal fish -- never frozen. Our classical bolognese sauce is a favorite in the community.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Overall
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
Verona Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
23 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.6
  • Ambiance4.5
    Noise LevelQuiet
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (13)neighborhood gem (13)fit for foodies (12)romantic (11)great for outdoor dining (7)good for groups (6)notable wine list (5)late-night find (2)great for lunch (2)vibrant bar scene (1)Show More
  • date night delight
    italianodemario
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Service was excellent. Prices were a little high. But the food was worth it..complimentary bread made up for extra cash. Take advantage of the specials..
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not going back
    fun2dine
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Our reservation was for 4 at 4:30 so we could celebrate a birthday & catch the discounts for appetizers and cocktails. The calamari was fried in old oil, sent it back. My water came with some thing besides water and lemon. My wine came with something other than wine. The boys ordered martinis and they were out of olives! and no happy hour discounts. I ordered the fish of the day Alaskan halibut. Turned out to be the most expensive item and had NO taste. Time for dessert and no gelato, no cheescake really? To top it all off, we had a pesky fly throughout the meal.
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  • Great food and selection of wine. r
    DJSLATER
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    The food was excellent from starter throughout. Great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Place
    wrayclark91
    Dined on 8/29/2014
    Have been here twice and have not been disappointed. We go here anytime we have something to celebrate!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect as always
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Had a group of 10 we sat in the patio and it was perfect. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • YUMMY
    PigOutGroup
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    I get together once a month with a group of friends for dinner, we've been doing this for over 15 years. This was our first time coming to Verona's. None of us had ever eaten there before - as individuals or in a group. It was a HIT! Each of us has something else on the menu that we want to come back and try. Excellent!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 2nd time around - just as good!!
    Marebear439VIP
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    I was so delighted with my first visit to Verona Cucina Italiana, that I decided to return on my last evening in Modesto. I again had Jeff as my server and was impressed that he remembered the type of wine I had on my previous dining occasion. I started with a delicious tomato basil soup and had the seafood cannelloni for my entree. I again had spumoni gelato as my dessert. Everything was delicious and Verona Cucina Italiana is now at the top of my dining list when I am visiting Modesto.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • awesome overall dining experience.
    Foodforthought
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Our server was attentive to our needs. Our food was outstanding. Nice quiet relaxing with soft music in the background. Temperature was neither too cold not too warm. Lovely decor.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A new favorite!!
    Marebear439VIP
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    I visit Modesto once a year and have seen this restaurant in the past, but had never dined here until a recent trip. My server, Jeff, made some good recommendations and was extremely attentive throughout the meal. Although I had originally intended to try the cannelloni stuffed with seafood, I decided to try the Spaghetti di Gamberetti instead. What a great choice! It had sauteed shrimp, peas, and basil with a delicious tomato cream sauce, and was absolutely delicious. For dessert I had spumoni gelato .... the best I've ever tasted. The food and service were marvelous and I will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great food and service in Modesto
    newtothevalley
    Dined on 7/7/2014
    Our first visit to this neighborhood gem was pleasurable in every way. From the knowledgeable and efficient staff to the great menu selections at very reasonable prices we were thrilled to discover this taste of Italy in our new community.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 13 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 25, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance4.5
    • Service4.5
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The following 58 reviews are from the Verona Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • Good but pricey
    kidoakdale
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    Food and service were excellent but $10 for a small salad seemed a bit high.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Outstanding all around!
    valleyfoodcritic
    Dined on 5/9/2014
    A great place place in McHenry Village. Nothing to hesitate about.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Lunch Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Had an absolutely fabulous 3 hour birthday lunch with a few gal pals. We ordered off the menu but the chef, also, prepared a few special dishes for us, even though, the restaurant appeared to be rather busy. We never felt rushed -- it was fabulous. Prior to leaving, Chef Jaime came out to wish my friend a happy birthday -- very nice touch!!! I think we found our regular birthday lunch spot -- thank you Jaime and Edwarda.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Romantic and Classy Spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/1/2014
    Great Service and a very good tasting meal, Loved our service. My husband and I had a great time. The remodel looks great it looks very classy and it is unpretentious.
    Special Features:
    Romantic, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderfully Accommodating
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    Love how accommodating they are to special dietary restrictions without losing flavor. The server was extremely understanding without being judgmental regarding our guest's special requests. We will certainly return, thank you.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • How great is this place for Modesto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/17/2014
    I was pleasantly surprised at the make-over they have given the bar and patio; of course, the new chairs were a welcome. I have to return a few more times to get use to the banquettes. Love the fact they have kept the menu the same -- wonderfully unpretentious. The Happy Hour is fabulous being served in the bar and patio. Loved it.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Verona's
    Lilfoodie
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    A group of sixteen went to Verona's for our prom dinner and it was amazing! They had our tables set up so nicely and the service was excellent. Food was top notch and we got a very good deal for our meals. They even gave us free appetizers and drinks! The food was delicious as always and the servers were very accommodating. I would definitely recommend this place to a friend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very Impressed for Modesto
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    The food continuous to be fabulous but the changes they have made to the ambiance are very inviting -- new floors, fresh coat of paint, I recognize Trey Reed's artwork in the bar, new chairs. It was a tad chilly to dine in the patio but it certainly looked inviting with the new planters and the greenery growing around the patio wall. I will certainly make this my regular spot, again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What's the problem?
    PapaT
    Dined on 4/3/2014
    Some other reviewers seemed overly-critical. Can't understand why. We've eaten here several times, and have never been disappointed. The wait-staff are friendly and attentive, and adjusted the service to suit our preferences (bring first course fast, then leave us alone). Okay, so the food is not San Francisco-quality, but this is Modesto! Menu is predictable, and portions are "reasonable." But quality (at least for our random trips) has been consistently good. We like the convenient location (no parking hassles), and the low noise level--it's nice to be able to have table conversation and be heard without shouting. Finally, the wine list is not overly-pretentious, and there are lots of good choices for under fifty bucks.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very good overall
    meharts
    Dined on 3/29/2014
    A great dining experience for my friend and I. I had a surf and turf. Shrimp was delicious and very fresh! My steak, however, was a bit overdone. Flavorful but cooked just a tad too long. My friend had cioppino. His comments were about the freshness of the fish. The broth was a bit too sweet for his liking. Despite these 2 very small details, we very much enjoyed our experience and will return.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food
    Mac1
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    The food was absolutely great! But the service was not as great. The server appeared to be a little overextended. Maybe the food prices could have been a little lower.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Verona Never Disappoints
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 2/16/2014
    They serve the best Caesar Salad in town, pastas are varied and always fresh tasting. Almost everything on the menu is delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food portions very small,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Food portions very small, petite mingon very dry and no flavor. To expensive $94 for two adults with 2 glasses of $7.00 wine.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Perfectly Romantic
    KCPC
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    We celebrated our 20th anniversary here. The waiter helped up choose a sparkling wine, which we loved - slightly sweet, not too dry -just perfect. We ordered a dinner special of parmesan encrusted sea bass and a regular dinner item - cannelloni - both were delicious, fresh, not too filling. Salad special was great - well thought out combination of fresh veggies. Dessert (crème brulee and tiramisu) with an expresso martini - wonderful ending to a well attended, thoughtful, and pampering experience. We won't wait for another perfect occasion to come back - we'll make this a regular dining experience and bring our friends!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to take your love
    Winelover
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    Great place to dine fine Italian food, great wine to choose from, and great service, also very quiet place to go on a romantic date.
    Special Features:
    romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Very disappointed
    NoName
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    My husband and I hadn't been here for years. We were very disappointed- had to wait 30 minutes after our reservation time. Then a LONG wait between courses. Food was just OK. Chairs were worn. Poor service in the bar as well. We will not return until we know improvements have been made.
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  • Great Italian
    bigdogsrewl
    Dined on 1/11/2014
    My boyfriend had the filet mignon and I had the veal scallopini. Both came with vegetables and mashed potatoes. There was also a single stewed tomato off to the side. The entire meal was amazing. Be sure and try the tomato. Much to our surprise, our server advised us that most people leave the tomato. For dessert, we had the poached pear and tiramisu. Again, amazing. We can't wait to return!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gem
    Ange
    Dined on 12/30/2013
    Lived down the street for 20 years, but never made it to Verona's. I had dinner there for the first time, and was impressed. How is it that Verona's isn't more widely known among Modestans and out-of-towners?
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Outstanding food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/28/2013
    I had a party of 5 and every plate was to perfection.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • When did stew meat become a filet?
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 11/17/2013
    Disappointed doesn't even begin the express this experience. From not having beverages in stock (um, who runs out if iced tea?) to serving inedible entrees, I will never go back. It looks pretty but the food is prepared without passion and it shows.
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  • Birthday
    3444
    Dined on 10/21/2013
    I took my sister to dinner for her birthday. We were pleasantly surprised.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Verona's food is always very good!
    JimC
    Dined on 10/5/2013
    My wife and I have eaten at Verona's for many years. I have never had a bad meal there. it is one of Modesto's hidden gems in McHenry Village.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • As always it was fabulous.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    As always it was fabulous. They have recently remodeled and its looking wonderful and updated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delightful outdoor dining!
    Gayle
    Dined on 8/17/2013
    Even with Modesto's blazing daytime heat, it cools down enough to really enjoy the outdoor patio in the evening. The while linen tablecloths and ambient lighting add to the sound of the trickling fountain heaping with flowers. The appetizer bruschetta was not your ordinary bruschetta... colorful tomatoes topped with shaved parmesan made it outstanding. The special- parmesan crusted Halibut- was delicious and a generous portion. Cooked perfectly, placed on top of spinach risotto with a side of vegetables. Also had the mushroom ravioli with tri-tip steak... had a little zip to it that added to the flavor. We brought our own bottle of wine and and paid the corkage fee. Even had dessert- spumoni was exceptional. I highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Awesome experience
    Tommy
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    Took my date there for dinner. Was looking for a quiet, romantic spot and found this place online. Sounded just like what I was looking for. I ordered halibut and she ordered lasagna. Both were outstanding. Since we were celebrating a birthday we were served a complementary decadent titimisu. The service was perfect! We have talked about how pleased we were and plan to be back. Would definitely recommend this place.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Find
    PerplexedVIP
    Dined on 6/16/2013
    We are relatively new in the area. Verona's is our "go to" restaurant when entertaining guests or just a great lunch or dinner for the two of us.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The room is too congested,
    nonib
    Dined on 6/11/2013
    The room is too congested, difficult to have conversation
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A hidden gem
    Damcat
    Dined on 5/12/2013
    Been a handful of times and always great. Took parents for Mothers Day and actually got a same day reservation. Had a chefs special, halibut with lemon dill sauce. It was amazing. Dad had scampi which was not on the menu but they are great about catering to requests. Outdoor patio is nice too. Only down side, this is the 3rd time I've gone that they were out of Chocolate Exstacy dessert. They need to make more!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food is abolutely wonderful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 4/20/2013
    The food is abolutely wonderful and the patio -- wow!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, great for lunch, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Must try Verona!!
    Etta
    Dined on 4/19/2013
    My mom and I went to lunch at Verona and it was mouth watering good! I couldn't wait to take my husband there for our date night, and it was equally as delicious! The service was good and the ambiance very nice.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate