On the quieter side of Port Andratx and overlooking the boats in the marina is the Italian bistro-style restaurant, Verico. It’s lofty perch at the top of the street provides the perfect vantage point to take in the beautiful port and the surrounding mountains. The interior of the restaurant is reminiscent of a family-run Italian restaurant one might find in Napoli.
Candles flicker in the entrance leading into an intimate restaurant with a terrace that is closed in during the colder months. White table cloths, Italian olive oil, fresh bread and cheese adorn the tables and the quiet hum of the other diners fills the room whilst the Italian waiters pass by with trays and plates.
Settling in and admiring the view, a house cocktail is served – waiter Roberto’s very own passion fruit Bellini that instantly conjures memories of Solero ice creams from childhood – just an adult-friendly version! The tasting menu is explained to us as an Italian feast with a twist and we are excited to dive in.
The debut to the menu is courgette stuffed with prawns and ricotta with apple salad in a red mullet marinade. Colourful, fruity and lightly creamy, we are off to a good start. Interestingly, the wine that is served for the next course is an English Pinot Grigio from Berry Brothers and Rudd but it works well with the next course. Tortellini with succulent lamb and lamb jus served with beetroot sauce and a foie gras foam comes next and is comforting and rich but delicate in presentation and texture.
On to the main courses and first up we are served tagliolini with freshly shaved black truffle cooked in butter. The simplicity of this dish, coupled with the flavour of the black truffle made for an indulgent comfort dish with a flair of extravagance. Hot on the heels of the pasta we are served with turbot with cream of topinambur and artichoke and a bed of crunchy vegetables. The turbot was first fried to give it the flavour and then finished in the oven to give it a fluffy texture – rare for such a meaty fish.
To conclude our journey through this Italian tasting menu we are treated to a light, smooth and creamy pistachio cheesecake and a glass of top-shelf Grappa, Cleopatra de Poli because, when in Rome…
Lovers of Italian food should put Verico to the top of their lists for the next restaurant to try for well-presented, tasty and authentic flavours with a twist.
Why eat here?
Attentive and friendly service and stunning views to complement a delicious Italian menu.