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Cafe Verona

206 W. Lexington
Independence  Missouri  64050
United States
(816) 833-0044
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Midwest Living Review

Kendra L. Williams
Well-prepared Italian dishes, friendly servers and a cozy atmosphere set the scene for a romantic date night (or a great lunch).

One of the first things you notice outside this Italian restaurant on the historic square is all of the locks. As in padlocks. On the gate out front. Lovers come here and leave them as a testament to their future together, and that sets the tone for what you'll find inside. A huge mural of Botticelli's Birth of Venus towers over the bar area; the restaurant seats a few dozen people at tables and cozy booths. Regular patrons can get keys to a special wine library, where they store their favorite bottles, and smiling servers are happy to go through the menu with you and offer suggestions. A wine list with bottles from around the world includes more than two dozen reds, nearly a dozen whites and a few sparkling wines, with most priced from $7 a glass.

You'll find all of the dishes you'd expect on a Sicilian-inspired menu, as well as a few modern twists on American dishes (grilled chicken with raspberries and pistachios), a sweet corn risotto and an Italian chopped salad, to name just a few. The soup of the day starts at $3.49 and the prices run up to $16.99 for a grilled ribeye; the portions (even the half-portions) are more than generous. We sampled the lasagna, a comfort-food wonder swimming in ricotta and Bolognese sauce ($9.99 for a half order), the chicken orecchiette (spicy chicken bathed in a rosa sauce for $9.99) and the salmon Florentine, served atop sauteed spinach and mushrooms with a fresh squeeze of lemon over it all ($14.99). The pasta was al dente, the sauces were flavorful, and the salmon was grilled perfectly. All in all, this is a can't miss spot for lunch or dinner—whether you bring a lock or not.

Visited: 
January 31, 2013

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