Sometimes you find the best places when you aren’t even looking for them. I was searching online for something else and came across Café Veneto. It was right near my house but I never knew it was there. My husband and I took a trip out there for a quick Saturday lunch. It is located directly across the Walmart parking lot and is situated near a roundabout (the Walmart on Monument Rd). It’s a blink and you will miss it kind of place.
We parked, went inside, and grabbed a menu. We were both surprised with how large the menu was and how much variety it had. I wanted everything but settled on a Belgian Waffle and a Nutella Crepe (to share with my husband). He got one of the daily specials, a Buffalo Chicken Panini. Our food came out quick despite the woman behind the counter being by herself that day. She delivered our food and we were blown away by the presentation. It was absolutely gorgeous, almost too pretty to eat. Almost. We were pleased to find that in addition to the lovely plating, the food also tasted great. My waffle had streaks of chocolate and strawberry sauce with bananas, strawberries, and whipped cream on top.
My husband’s panini was pressed and presented on the plate, and he quickly dug in. He commented on how good it was and offered me a bite, which is a rarity. I typically don’t decline, but I was fork deep into my waffle and didn’t want to come up for air.
When we were about halfway through with our meals, the Nutella Crepe came out. Just like our entrees, it was beautifully plated. It had bands of chocolate and strawberry across the top, and the inside was loaded with Nutella. The crepe was firm and sturdy, but was easy to cut through. My only complaint was that I wish I had ordered another one just for me.
As if we weren’t full enough, she then brought us a red velvet cookie to try. I will never turn down cookies no matter what my current stomach situation is. It was a very soft cookie with a light cake consistency. We loved it.
Everything about this place made me happy. I love how everything (except the ice cream) is home made. There is a large dessert case next to the register and I can’t wait to eat my way through it. Many different nationalities are represented in this café and on their menu, so there is something for everyone. I already know that this will become one of my regular weekend spots and I am excited to go back to try something else. If you are in the area, give them a shot!