Rowdy, dimly lit and covered in skateboards, this Italian eatery combines fresh food with inner city grunge. Lap it up.
A dimly light basement with walls covered in skate boards may look a little grungy for an Italian restaurant, but in the case of Verve Cafe, looks can be deceiving. Playing vertical neighbour to the Metro Arts, Verve Cafe is an ideal hideaway to grab a coffee, enjoy a boozy lunch, or settle in for a hearty dinner. I say hearty because the meals here are rich, particularly the pasta, and the surrounds are just as warm and cosy.
Though it may not be noticeable from the street, most locals and city workers are well aware of Verve and the cafe is usually packed out during the weekends. Booking is a must if you're wanting to get a table on a Friday or Saturday night, and be prepared for the place to be buzzing too. The enclosed space can get a bit rowdy during the busy hours, but the noise just helps create a friendly, down to earth and infectious atmosphere.
Considering the location and noise levels of Verve, its little wonder the cafe's food is the main draw card for patrons. The food is wonderfully fresh and simple – the way Italian food should be. Of particular praise is the pasta. The Brandy Tortellini and the Goats Cheese & Chicken Gnocchi are a stand out. Also on the menu are a selection of risottos and traditional Italian pizzas, which are all very well priced.
Verve offers plenty of options for vegetarians and run Happy Hour drink specials from 5pm – 7pm at the bar every night, making Verve an ideal venue for a birthday or celebration dinner. Probably another reason why the venue can get a little rowdy.
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166 Ashgrove Avenue, Ashgrove