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About Cafe Verona
Cafe Verona is a romantic Italian restaurant located in the heart of Los Angeles. A quiet Trattoria with Al Fresco unique garden offering culinary delights and the freshness of products imported from Italy weekly. Executive chef-owner Celestino Elice’s culinary delightful Cafe Verona is located amidst a canopy of green and pleasant sounds of a bubbling waterfall on the corner of South La Brea Ave and West 2nd St. Enclosed and heated patio is available for private events.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Italian, Contemporary Italian, Café
Hours of Operation:
Sat, Sun 9:00 am–4:30 pm
Lunch / Brunch
Mon–Fri 11:00 am–4:30 pm
Sun–Thu 4:30 pm–9:30 pm
Fri, Sat 4:30 pm–10:00 pm
La Brea and W 2nd Street
$30 and under
Cafe Verona has a customer parking lot on W 2nd St., just behind our Italian restaurant.
Owner Celestino Elice
Beer, Cafe, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wine
Cafe Verona Ratings and Reviews
My complaint is about the servers.
Our server must have been inexperienced. Our server had to be asked to bring the next course, remove empty plates, etc.
I was shocked when I saw another server give a huge cough into his hands and without going to wash them, picked up plates and served diners. Ew!!!!
Very nice restaurant with authentic Italian food (for the most part). Very quite and cozy. The only downside is the value for some plates. I think most plates are reasonably priced but there are a few plates, mostly appetizers, that are a little too expensive for what they are.
The location, busy La Brea Avenue and 2nd, adjacent Valvoline Oil Change, kept me driving by until a friend recommended a try. Small sidewalk tables and others "inside" sheer curtained enclosures. The atmosphere is kind of rustic-funky al fresco. The offerings are sophisticated home-style Italian classics... Very ambitious but not well enough executed to justify prices appropriate elsewhere. Octopus salad, shared, was our starter; it was more than ample, but the large chunks were overcooked and salt overwhelmed otherwise excellent seasoning. Tagliatelle, unevenly cooked, came with well-prepared mushrooms, in all, bland and much too oily. Gnocchi, the best thing at our table, was excellent, except, it too, was so oily. Service was inattentive and perfunctory. Portions are enormous and should be reduced by at least one third... likewise, the prices. A disappointment because there is talent in the kitchen.
According to the menu, Cafe Verona has been operating for 18 years, and apparently it didn't need A/C until the nearly 100-degree day we last visited (our second meal there). It is basically a hard-working kitchen with two enclosed patios on either side of a corner property. You can tell how good the food is, as even on the sweltering Tuesday there were plenty of patrons who were dining there instead of watching World Series Game 1 somewhere. There was also, inexplicably, an open flame heater outside the entrance as we left. All this aside, the four of us were enchanted by the food; every dish was excellent, well made and presented in a lovely manner. Don't go by the photos of the desserts; the two we tried looked much better in real life and were delicious (peach tart and some chocolate concoction). Wait service and busing service were timely, efficient and gracious. We will definitely visit again, probably when it is cooler.
Terrible food -- rubbery chicken breast on a small bed of spinach, with the other promised ingredients mostly missing. Slow service, with too few servers, and no one who knew how to answer questions. Barely any patrons, and still the kitchen couldn't handle our orders and took over 45 minutes to make a salad. Dessert menu is frozen items from a national Italian dessert supplier. Skip dessert -- and skip Cafe Verona.
I really have no idea what is going on with this restaurant - previously, lovely meals, especially breakfast / brunch on the weekends. Absolutely downhill - server who barely spoke English, two people dining and breakfast foods brought out 10 minutes apart, food was cold and had to be sent back - twice, check brought (or a version thereof) without it being added up or printed out - just the orders handwritten with the prices. We actually had to explain this to the server. There were only two other diners in the restaurant at the time. Will absolutely never go back.
This place is not cozy nor ideal for any type of special occasion/date. My wife and I were sat on the outside, on New Year's Eve, in 50 degree whether, mind you. While it was freezing, we figured we'd stay because the amount of seating available was not up to them, so we overlooked that. We also overlooked the noise level that carries over from vehicles speeding down La Brea, we gave this place the benefit of the doubt anyway. And that was our mistake. After being seated, we waited 20 minutes for anyone to come around and even ask us for drinks. We were sat and for 20 minutes, no one came around. Not a single soul. Really? The worst service. We asked the couple next to us (we were the only 2 couples sitting outside) how their service was and they proceeded to say their service was extremely slow, too. Unacceptable. My wife and I got up, and we walked out without saying a word and we went somewhere else. We definitely won't be trying this place again.
Went there for New Year's Eve dinner. Loved the style of the place with all the plants, makes for a cool experience. Small/tight space but that didn't really bother me. I think only one waitress was there, didn't check on us much or ask if we needed anything and I think they forgot to give us the bill, had a hard time flagging someone down. I mean it was decently busy for one waitress to be working. Even though service was slow, I'd still go back the food was amazing!!
My favorite Italian in LA! Amazing food, the staff are the quintessential charismatic Italian type! Our waiter was hilarious and gave us great service. The fried zucchini is to die for as is the fettuccini I've had twice here. Tiramisu for dessert was amazing. Casual atmosphere with Twinkly string lights for ambiance. Love!!!!
A true neighborhood gem, attached seemingly inauspiciously to a quick-change oil franchise, but which quickly immerses patrons in intimate greenery. Have always been able to count on a personable, skilled and dedicated chef. One disclosure is that, being hard at the corner of LaBrea at 2nd, traffic (notably from a nearby fire station and LAPD's Wilshire Division) can sometimes be intrusive.
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