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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

La Gelateria Gives Way to Vero Bistro

Posted By on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 8:52 AM

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La Gelateria closed its doors about six months ago, much to the dismay of East Side gelato lovers. The good news is that the gelato is back – and it's the same as it ever was.

Also back – though some might never have known it was ever there in the first place – are the wood-fired Neapolitan-style pizzas.

Last week, Vero Bistro (12421 Cedar Rd., 216-229-8383) opened after two months of remodeling. Owner and Cleveland Heights resident Marc-Aurele Buholzer already has probably sold more pizza than his predecessor, which never did a great job promoting the items.

Built on site, the wood-burning oven turns out thin and crisp pies topped with both traditional and nontraditional toppings. Guests can order one of the predesigned pies or build their own from over 20 toppings, including fresh mozzarella, artichoke, Italian sausage, arugula, and prosciutto. Prices for an 11-inch pie run $9 to $12.

Also on the menu is build-your-own bruschetta, built atop split baguettes from On The Rise bakery. Salads include an arugula, parmesan, lemon and truffle oil toss, and another featuring greens, goat cheese, and pizza oven-roasted beets.

As for the gelato: It is still being made by the same person who had been doing it all along.

By removing one gelato cooler, Buholzer was able to bump up seating 42 up and down, with more outside on the sidewalk.

Vero Bistro does not sell beer or wine — yet.

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