Add:1/F, The Dragon Hotel, 120 Shuguang Road
Tel:0571 8799 8833
Time:11am - 12am
Credit Cards Accepted
English Service Available
With a visit to the Dragon Hotel's impressive buffet already under our collective belts, we were excited to see what their Italian restaurant had to offer. You'll find the word VERANDA solemnly positioned next to a large, glass door in big, bold letters, and walking through the entrance revealed the same airy, open, well-lit atmosphere as found in their buffet. Italian food is one of our greatest weaknesses, and the author of this review was classically trained in the cuisine himself, and he’s loved it ever since he first discovered the joys of basic à la minute pasta dishes. He knows a thing or two about a thing or two on the subject, so let’s continue to listen to what that person has to say in the ambiguous 1st person plural. In short, the meal we had at VERANDA was an experience worth repeating many times over, and has given us hope that we will see some changes in the local food scene that Hangzhou is in dire need of. We’re going to posit that the dining public will benefit greatly from the elevated level of food education that is available to anyone who wants to make the rather modest investment of plunking down a few hundred RMB for a meal that will set a solid culinary benchmark in return. Road-weary gourmands will be thrilled to see that there is indeed good Italian food here, and we’re certain that things will only get better from this point forth. Our meal on this occasion consisted of a classic pair of starters, beginning with a light antipasto that was served on a large wooden board, complete with 3 cheeses (including an imported Gorgonzola!), assorted cold meats, marinated artichoke hearts, grilled eggplant, and roasted red peppers. Next to this dish was another classic, the Insalata Caprese. Thick slices of fresh tomato were served with soft white slabs of mozzarella, and drizzled with olive oil and balsamic vinegar with fresh herbs to finish. A hot and crisp 'Pizza Veranda' was slid in front of us, and the breaded cod with spicy rouille sauce was sheer perfection. Everything was capped off with a chocolate powder-dusted tiramisu, and a duet of mango and pistachio ice creams. A 2008 Le Monache Red was selected to accompany this outstanding meal. Some items to look out for are the Carpaccio di Manzo (50RMB), Antipasto Della Casa (98RMB), Penne Quattro Formaggi (60RMB), and Homemade Sausages (80RMB).