Modern Italian Restaurant Bar Verona Opens Second Metro Detroit Location

The dining concept has expanded to Washington Township
Bar Verona pasta
Bar Verona’s Cheese Ravioli and Potato Gnocchi. // Photograph by Nick Sudduth

Bar Verona, the modern Italian restaurant concept from celebrity chef Fabio Viviani, opened its second location in metro Detroit on Dec. 7. Based in Washington Township, the restaurant makes a slight departure from Bar Verona’s first location in Commerce Township with new design and menu options.

Dinners who have visited Bar Verona in Commerce Township will notice some menu changes. Both locations feature the same Italian Sausage & Peppers and Fabio’s Meatball starters, Caesar and Mediterranean salads, pastas like Fettuccini and Spaghetti, and entrees such as Roasted Salmon. However, new to the Bar Verona via the opening of the Washington Township location is a variety of thicker-crust Roman-style pizzas (the Commerce Township restaurant offers a thinner pie); the Crostini di Burrata starter that features a sweet tomato jam and sunflower seed pesto atop a garlic crostini; pastas like the Cheese Ravioli or the melt-in-your-mouth Potato Gnocchi, which can be ordered with either pesto or truffle cream; and entrees such as the Whole Branzino, a light, flaky fish served with vegetables. “We wanted each location to deliver the same exceptional food as the other, but also have a few unique items that are catered to the local neighborhood,” says Nicole Miller, director of hospitality at Bar Verona.

Bar Verona Crostini di Burrata
Crostini di Burrata. // Photograph by Nick Sudduth

Located at 59145 Van Dyke Ave., the 4,000-square-foot restaurant seats 90 people and features a modern interior that makes use of white marble tabletops, sleek leather chairs, and an exposed ductwork ceiling. Unlike Bar Verona’s first location, which took over the space of a former restaurant in Commerce Township, the new spot in Washington Township is designed from the ground up by Troy-based Pristine Properties Group, which also worked on the construction and interior design of the space. Miller says this gave their “design team the ability to really create something special and unique to Bar Verona.”

The opening of the Washington Township location is part of Bar Verona’s larger expansion plans for the area. The restaurant group expects to open a location in the Cambria Hotel in Shelby Township in May 2020. It will also be a tenant of the downtown Detroit Cambria Hotel, which is slated to open toward the end of next year.

For more information, visit barverona.com.

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