In la cucina Italiana, food is sacred. Italian culture revolves around the kitchen and more importantly, the food, which is why every dish is crafted with care and thought. Recreating these dishes is an art form comparable to some of the masterpieces of Italian art, like the Sistine Chapel. La Veranda, an elegant yet cozy restaurant overlooking the bright pool area at the BlowFish Hotel, has captured the essence of real Italian food. The bright and quirky ambiance has a touch of Italian charm reminiscent of Tuscany.
Yet for real Italian connoisseurs, the most important element in an Italian restaurant is the food. No expense has been spared at La Veranda to ensure that only the finest ingredients are used. From fresh tomatoes in their homemade tomato sauce to the finely sliced Beef Carpaccio di rucola drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and crowned with slices of parmigiano, many ingredients are imported and all are carefully selected to give you the best Italian culinary experience in Lagos.
With a diverse Italian menu fit for all palettes, La Veranda has something for those looking for lighter options with salads and sandwiches made with homemade baguettes and a large selection of heartier dishes with their De Cecco pastas and wood-fired pizzas. But important decisions should never be made on an empty stomach so their freshly baked bread basket with a choice of a chili dipping sauce and black olive butter spread will certainly satisfy you while looking through their mouthwatering menu.
The authentic wood burning pizza oven on display guarantees a thin and crispy fresh crust that evokes Pisa, the birthplace of pizza. Each of the pizzas have their own special appeal from the classic Margherita to the unique La Veranda Pizza with chicken, arugula and a touch of creamy Caesar sauce. And if you’re craving pasta then you’ll be spoilt for choice. Their traditional Spaghetti alla Carbonara, made with the finest pancetta, a tantalising touch of crème fraiche and parmesan cheese is perfectly combined to highlight all flavours separately in each bite.
If you’re looking for a dish to impress, their decadent Pappardelle Aragosta from the Chef’s Corner is not for the faint-hearted. This refined dish is the Chef’s specialty, featuring a hearty lobster sautéed with garlic and mushroom crepes on a bed of al dente pappardelle pasta coated in fresh tomato sauce. No matter what you choose, they ensure the highest standards are maintained. Whether you are there with a group of friends, on a business lunch or a romantic dinner, the overall experience at La Veranda will certainly be memorable. Mangia, Mangia, La Cucina Italiana a La Veranda!
La Veranda at The Blowfish Hotel
17 Oju Olobun Street. Victoria Island, Lagos
t: +234 (0) 812 111 1222
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