Pittsburgh is fortunate to have a wide selection of excellent Thai food but you will not find it better anywhere than what is lovingly prepared by Boris in Verona. He puts his personal touch on every dish and comes out of the kitchen to greet each guest. He took over a former Thai restaurant about two years ago and has developed quite a faithful following. It is definitely a word of mouth restaurant and I found out about it’s culinary wonders from my neighbor Michelle. It should not be missed and is a great place for a quiet reprieve.
Verona is a quaint riverside borough about 13 miles northeast of downtown along the left bank of the Allegheny River. If you follow Allegheny River Boulevard it will take you almost to the restaurants front door. It is hard to miss if you are not looking for it and is located on a side street at 321 South Avenue. The phone number is (412) 828-0339.
The decor is minimalistic and serene. There is a clever wooden sculpture of a reclining Buddha that appears to be suspended in air. The tom kha soup is so popular that an artful poster of it hangs on the wall beckoning you to the quixotic experience it offers. The pumpkin custard and crab fried rice are both examples of the unique fare that you can’t find just anywhere.
Although it is still a fairly well kept secret, you may want to call for reservations on weekends. The hours are Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. Friday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m. and Sunday from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. They do not serve alcohol but do have B.Y.O.B. with no corkage fee. It is perfect for a book club meeting, sophisticated birthday party or small business gathering. The food cannot help but put you in a good mood and the service is superb.
They have a Facebook page where you can view their menus and will be pleasantly surprised to find lunch priced between $4.50 and $7.50. I think you will be hard pressed to find a more delectable bargain anywhere else in or out of town. You will be instantly transported to the exotic cultural experience of Thailand and will feel you have been treated to a home cooked meal with this authentic menu.