Vero Moderno on Chapel Street is one of Salford’s most highly-rated restaurants, with its elegant take on Italian cuisine receiving rave reviews across the city.
Owner Beppe hails from Rome, and his links to Italy’s capital city are clear to see, in both the menu and venue.
It’s a stunning space, providing an effortlessly relaxed atmosphere and huge windows to watch the world go by, plus an outside dining area for those hot sunny days.
Since opening in 2016, the restaurant has built a well-deserved reputation for next-level authentic Italian food, offering something more modern and exciting than the usual obvious choices.
The cooking style is true to Beppe’s Roman roots, prioritising fresh, seasonal ingredients cooked simply and with exceptional attention to detail.
Excitingly, the restaurant recently launched a Sunday lunch menu, promising a Sunday roast with an Italian twist.
We headed along to check it out.
Using the Italian translation, ‘Arrosto della Domenica’, this Sunday roasts menu covers the three classic choices: herb rolled pork, tender chicken (or poussin, to be exact) and succulent lamb belly, for a remarkable £14.95, including a selection of freshly-cooked Italian bread.
We opt for the lamb, but the other options sound equally irresistible.
The roast pork is cooked Umbrian-style, named after the region just north of Rome, seasoned with fennel seeds, rosemary, garlic and black pepper, while the roast poussin comes with mixed peppers and Italian-style roast potatoes.
The lamb is rolled with a selection of mouthwatering sautéed mushrooms, then sliced into neat, plump circles.
The meat quality is fantastic – tender and packed with flavour, cooked perfectly with a delicious crispy skin.
On the side, there are fresh seasonal vegetables, such as carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, plus a handful of rustic roast potatoes, lightly seasoned with garlic and rosemary.
The pot of gravy deserves a special mention.
This rich, thick, homemade gravy matches up to the best you’ve ever had, bringing back wonderful childhood memories and pairing beautifully with everything on the plate.
It’s a superb example of the classic Sunday roast, with enough Italian influences to elevate it into something extraordinary.
Every element is perfectly balanced, showcasing the expertise of the kitchen and the ambience makes it ideal for those family get-togethers.
They’re available from 12pm every Sunday, but it’s best to book earlier in the day as when they’re gone, they’re gone.
And if you fancied something special with friends at the weekend, take a look at Vero Moderno’s brand new Brunch Italiano menu.
For just £24.95 per person, you get three dishes from the Italian-inspired small plates menu, plus bottomless drinks.
Available from 12pm to 2.30pm, Saturdays and Sundays, this offer runs for two hours from arrival and covers a wide selection of drinks, including wine, beer, Prosecco, Aperol Spritz, Bellinis and more.
This brunch menu is just as appealing as the Sunday roasts.
It’s full of Roman-inspired dishes such as the suppli’ di riso: three fried rice balls, full of slow-cooked beef ragu and hot melting mozzarella cheese.
The Sicilian arancini might be more well known, but this authentic Roman equivalent takes it to new heights.
And not forgetting the bruschetta provola e ‘Nduja. Possibly the best example of ‘Nduja in the city, this spicy pork paste mixes gloriously with the rich smoked provola cheese, on crunchy toasted bread.
Vero Moderno roughly translates to “authentic and modern”, and that’s precisely the kind of dining experience you get at this excellent restaurant.
If you’re wondering where to head this Sunday, look no further.