Verace: True Italian

4.5
1603 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Italian
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A fusion of classic Italian cuisine with modern sensibilities, Verace effortlessly combines fresh ingredients into new interpretations of traditional Italian dishes. The intimate setting pivots around our exposed Woodstone oven creating the warmth you feel when you are among family. Dine outdoors in our cobblestone space with a relaxing water pool and glimmering lights. Start with a selection of meats and cheeses, sliced on our century old Berkel slicer or a flatbread pizza straight from the Woodstone oven. Delight in savoring any of our house-made pastas, hand selected 21-day dry aged USDA Certified Black Angus NY Tuscan-style Strip steak served or classic chicken Parmesan as your entrée. Select one of ten wines by the glass or by the carafe from our sustainable wine barrels. We proudly employ a technologically advanced barrel system in an effort to reduce our impact on the environment by eliminating the waste of bottles and corks. Truly an eclectic taste of Italy.
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Delivery or takeout
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Italian
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Hours of operation
Dinner
Monday-Wed: 4:00pm - 10:00pm
Thursday- Saturday: 4:00pm- 11:00pm
Sunday: 3:00pm-9:00pm

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Phone number
(631) 277-3800
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Michael Maneri
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Private party facilities
Let Verace: True Italian take you to Tuscany in the heart of Islip. Verace: True Italian is an intimate space that can satisfy many of your private event needs.  The rustic Italian cuisine that comes from our gorgeous Ferrari Red open kitchen or the wines that pour from our innovative and environmentally friendly tap system can both many any party one that your guests will not soon forget. 
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Private party contact
Mario Quimbay: (631) 277-3800
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Catering
Please contact the restaurant for any questions regarding our catering menu.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Locust Avenue
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Parking details
Valet parking offered on Friday and Saturday evenings.
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Public transit
LIRR - Islip train stop
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Special events & promotions
Please contact the restaurant for any questions regarding private parties. We look forward to hosting your special event!
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Gift Card
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Reviews from verified diners
1,603 reviews
4.5 out of 5 Stars
Outstanding
69%
Very Good
21%
Good
7%
Fair
2%
Poor
2%
4.6
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.4
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92% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
4.0Dined 19 hours ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Pleasantly surprised. This place has huge potential but it's not quite there yet. Started off with warm bread for the table, with a whipped ricotta cheese, honey and cracked pepper spread. Very nice. We had 2 apps, steamed muscles in a taste white based sauce and baked clams oreganata style. Both were delicious. We waited a bit for out entrees, service was slowing down as it got busier. We had A spicy linguini special with lobster in a pink sauce and a homemade pasta with lobster, corn, asparagus and I think pancetta, this is on the menu. Both we good. Mine was warm and had cold spots on the plate, like it was sitting under a heat lamp for a bit. The linguini was piping hot with cold lobster on top. Both dishes were tasty but a bit disappointing. We would return, maybe earlier in the day. Oh, drinks were really nice, red sangria and a cucumber vodka based cocktail. Dinner for 2 was 145.00 plus tip.

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KS
New York Area
1 review
3.0Dined 3 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We came with friends for your Thursday night event of $10 Pizzas, music, & $4 Montauk beers. Was disappointed that we were banished to the Alley. We should have been able to sit at your outside bar patio. Felt like we were duped. Not good PR

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p
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a great time, food and wine were wonderful. There was a problem with the meal coming out but everyone worked hard to make it right. Good time all around

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
3.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

We went here with another couple for dinner. Well decorated and seemed like a cool place to have cocktails and dinner. Menu was limited and we were surprised there were not more traditional Italian selections but that was okay because we were looking for something new and different. Service and food was good. Our biggest issue was the place was unusually cold. It was like we were in an Ice Bar. Even the men were cold. There was freezing cold air blowing on our heads the entire time. We mentioned this to our waiter but we knew there would be nothing he could do about it. We rushed through our meal so we could get outside to warm up. Then we went next door to Tellers for dessert and after dinner drinks. I guess if we decide to give this place another try we will bring our winter coats.

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A
New York Area
65 reviews
5.0Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the creativity of the weekly wine dinners. It's a high point of our week! The summer the featured wines are from Long Island. How good is that!

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JR
New York Area
2 reviews
4.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

Sunny afternoon enjoyed the alfresco dining, good vibe!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Verace is my excellent. The food is always great, outside seating is wonderful. Mario and everyone go over and above to make your dining experience worth every minute.

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U
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on July 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

A gem. Felt like I was on vacation. Food was really
Delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our meal was amazing! We will be going back for the Shrimp Risotto! We went for our 5th anniversary and they delivered complimentary champagne which was so sweet! We definitely recommended this place and will be returning again soon!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on June 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious, & the outdoor patio is beautiful!

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A
New York Area
64 reviews
5.0Dined on June 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent Wednesday wine dinner! As usual, there was another excellent preparation. Service was friendly and efficient.Such a comfortable dining atmosphere!

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M
1 review
1.0Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

Unfortunately it was my first time here and I did not have a great experience. The service was extremely slow I waited an hour for my food and it was only 2 of us plus the food was just alright.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything about this place is completely amazing. Both the staff and the food are second to none!

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EB
1 review
5.0Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Our family visited Verace for a special occasion. Everything was absolutely perfect! Delicious food, wonderful service, relaxing atmosphere.

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A
New York Area
62 reviews
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love the creativity of the wine dinners and the surprise of something new not on the regular menu! We've become Wednesday night wine dinner devotees. Chef Mike and crew are fantastic, as are all the waitstaff! It's been our favorite place to dine on Wednesday evenings.

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J
New York Area
32 reviews
5.0Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family LOVE Verace True Italian! Like all the Bohlsen Restaurant Group "joints," it
never disappoints. And take advantage of the warm weather and enjoy your meal outside. It really is so nice on their patio.

Always enjoy chatting with Stephanie, one of the managers; she is awesome and so knowledgeable about food and the food industry on LI and in the City. Hostess Dana is always a pleasure to see and converse with. Andres was our server once again and he is always top-notch! Andres, along with his "shadow server" James H. plus Jared and Jefferson make for a formidable team. We appreciate always being treated so well here.

The apple pecan salad, meatballs, and cacio e pepe pasta all made for delicious appetizers. The bianco verde pizza outrageous! The tuscan steak was cooked just perfect for us and it was a good size piece, too! In-house made pistachio, chocolate, and vanilla gelato made for a perfect finale to a fantastic meal and the Verace Cosmopolitan was a tasty celebratory drink.

We are only sorry GM Mario was not working that night as we missed saying hello to him; next time!

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S
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you are ordering fish, just be advised that they serve it on the rarer side, if you like it cooked more, you may need to specify when ordering. Better undercooked than overcooked.

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KA
New York Area
2 reviews
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 3

I really liked the way it was on first impression; a fashionable, stylish, clubby feel. We sat outside which was a very nice space with shrubbery and lights that created a very intimate feel. Really excellent menu with tasty fare, portion size good and presentation very nice. Drinks were superb. The staff was not that attentive unfortunately. We had to track someone down for our second drink which is kind of annoying. Our waitress kept disappearing inside and the other waiters ignored us even though restaurant was less than a 1/4 full. I was dressed casual after a Sunday afternoon by the water , but I was not scruffy, I felt the service would have been more forthcoming and generous if my husband had a suit on and I had a dress on. Just that feel you get, you know. That being said, many wealthy people dress simply and low-key--- you never know so don't judge!!

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OT
Atlantic City
1 review
5.0Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfection

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L
1 review
1.0Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Went for Thursday night pizza and Montauk beers special. Didn't realize this was only applicable on the patio. We ordered 2 pizzas and 1 Montauk beer.... Clearly we we're there for the special promotion. Bill came and everything was full price. When asked the waiter he got his manager to tell us it was only applicable outside on patio. Not for nothing, but waiter should have mentioned that when we placed our ordered. Also waited 20 mins to sit even though we had a reservation. When finally taken to sit, there were 7 open tables (four 4 tops and three 2 tops), and it's not because there was a mass exodus right before. Literally no one left right before we sat. I don't get that. My tiny glass of selzer water was $4 (more than half a beer). When time to pay bill, waiter wouldn't let us use more than 1 gift card. Bill came to $45 for 2 pizzas and 1 beer. Over experience was very frustrating.

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SC
1 review
4.0Dined on June 14, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

It was another great meal at Verace. Service was a bit off as it took forever for dinner to be served. Didn't mind too much since we were with good company and had time to talk. The waiter was great and handled the delay with ease and humor.

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F
New York Area
23 reviews
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is home to us, our go-to place. Never disappointed. Great service, and chef Mike and manager Mario treat us like old friends.

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A
New York Area
61 reviews
5.0Dined on June 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the wine dinner did not disappoint! Great flavor combo: steak and ratatouille . Superb first course of crudo fish. Just the right amount of dessert -- so flavorful. Really nice wines for each course. Attentive, efficient and friendly wait staff.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Will be returning

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C
New York Area
25 reviews
5.0Dined on June 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had another great night at Verace!! I brought my brother-in-law and his wife this time and they really enjoyed the food , service and ambiance. I am sure this will be another place they will go frequently. We are always very happy when dining at Verace!!!!

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
5.0Dined on June 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Wednesday night wine dinner. Really enjoyed it all. The wines were a perfect pairing with each course. We will be back!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on June 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Verace! Pleased with the food and service every time!

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BL
New York Area
28 reviews
4.0Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Always a pleasure

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A
New York Area
60 reviews
5.0Dined on May 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The arancini was luscious -- creamy inside and light crunch outside! Heavenly!!

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HF
New York Area
5 reviews
5.0Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Can’t remember if the waiters name was Jake or Jack but he was great. He was patient when we trying to figure out what we were going to drink. Glad he told us the specials of the day because the melon salad was to die for and was the perfect appetizer. We sat outside and the ambience was perfect. Verace never fails!

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OT
New York Area
10 reviews
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Yummy pork chop!

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DM
1 review
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food, service and atmosphere. Would definitely recommend Verace to anyone looking for a great restaurant for any type of event.

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OT
1 review
5.0Dined on May 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Waiter and staff were very Accommodating, food was perfect , atmosphere was perfect for a nice night out!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, this is my favorite restaurant. The spaghetti and meatballs are outstanding, even though it's such a traditional and simple dish. Order this and you'll thank me!

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A
New York Area
58 reviews
5.0Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The wine dinner was so creative and delicious. It was a real treat for the taste buds. Chef Mike and his crew turn out incredible preparations . We loved the stuffed squash blossoms and the seared scallops, and the Napoleon was heavenly!

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DM
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as usual. Asked for AC to be turned down. Ate with my coat on.

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C
Las Vegas
12 reviews
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always. Service was fantastic. Food was excellent. Always a pleasure to dine at Verace.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
1.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Worst Mother’s Day. Felt I had let my wife down. Had to walk out.

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JM
New York Area
1 review
5.0Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite restaurant! I find an excuse to come here whenever I can 😊

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