Respond to Review of CLOSED: VegiTerranean
Review: My wife and I were visiting the Akron area recently and dined at VegiTerranean. We were a little concerned about some of the reviews about this restaurant but decided to try it anyways - restaurants specializing in vegan fare are rare in the Midwest. Suffice it to say our concerns were completely unfounded. Our dining experience was not only outstanding, but well 'worth the journey'. The dining area is minimalist/Italian/modern decor with pictures of celebrity vegans around the restaurant. Although we dined inside, there was comfortable seating outside on the patio. The table setting of modern silverware, dishware and cloth napkins are fitting for the restaurant's upscale style. We started with the hot Italian banana peppers filled with fresh herb risotto and soy mozzarella, and fresh basil lime sauce. For our entrees, I selected the risotto with grilled artichokes and my wife chose the Italian fritto Gardein scallopini with Chrissie fries and braised greens with a sweet chili basil sauce. We ordered an extra side of wild mushrooms sauteed with sherry and fresh thyme. The appetizers, entrees and sides were delicious and beautifully presented. The banana peppers were an excellent recommendation by our waitress. The artichoke risotto was bursting with flavor. We shared our entrees and my wife's scallopini was excellent. While we focus on whole foods, the Gardein scallopini with Chrissie fries was a great choice for a special occasion. We were served generous portions of everything; however, I did manage to find room for the flavorful wild mushroom side. Unable to eat another tasty morsel, we opted to buy a couple of their vegan desserts (carrot cake and a raspberry-filled chocolate cupcake) 'to go' which we enjoyed the following evening. Our waitress was friendly, attentive and took time to explain the various dishes and chat with us despite the fact they were having a busy Friday night with a table of 20 people in the center of the dining room. We had a leisurely dinner with pefect timing of our food. Price? While this is not your budget vegan restaurant, it is appropriately priced for the quality of food, service and atmosphere. Expect to spend $30-50 per person for dinner per person plus tip. We've had the opportunity to dine at vegan and vegetarian restaurants from Paris to Seattle and VegiTerranean is up there with the best of the best in fine vegan dining. We'll be back!