When it comes to non-chain dining options, the choices are few in Conroe, so tonight, I decided to give the locally-owned Vero a try before my symphony concert. Their menu is relatively limited to salads, a few pastas and thin crust pizza. Like most places these days, Vero is counter service. That was fine for today because my time was limited.
Now let's have a little chat about expectations. If you come to a place like this and expect it to be Ciao Bello, you know you're in for a disappointment. You're in Conroe. Set your expectations accordingly.
I chose the spaghetti and meatballs with a side salad. Because, you know, I needed to carbo-load prior to my concert. Playing the flute can be exhausting. My total was under $10. For dinner! Can't beat that! I was also thrilled to see they had Sonic-esque ice.
My salad was delivered within a couple of minutes. I was surprised at the portion size. For $1.89, it was a lot of salad. The dressing was slightly tangy and the lettuce was crisp. Score.
Next up were the spaghetti and meatballs. I liked the sauce, but it needed salt. Easy fix. I hate sauces that are sweet, and this one was not. I prefer meatballs that are a little firm, so I found these to be a little soft for my liking. The flavor was good, however. They were nicely seasoned.
Many ask if places are "family friendly." I'd have to say Vero is. While I was there, there were 7 children under 2. Now I like kids just fine, but at that age, many are finding their voices, and apparently 3 of the 7 found them tonight. And with the concrete floors and no insulation or ceiling tiles, it was a noisy dining experience. However, a couple with children should feel very comfortable bringing the entire family to Vero.
All in all, Vero is pretty good for Conroe, and I'll add it into my regular rotation, and would be my choice for Italian in the city limits.