Vero Bistro set to open in June at Cedar Fairmount
Marc-Aurele Buholzer will open a stone oven pizza and Italian gelato restaurant in the former site of La Gelateria and Pizzeria on Cedar Road. Buholzer is familiar with the business, as he helped open the previous restaurant in 2002. He then worked at La Gelateria and Pizzeria while attending college and pursuing a degree in philosophy and business.
Buholzer saw the closing of the former restaurant as an opportunity to pursue his dream of owning his own business. He chose the name Vero, meaning true or real in Italian. Vero will offer simple, traditional Neapolitan pizza with a thin crust, homemade sauce, and the freshest of ingredients—local when possible. The pizza is baked in a traditional wood-burning brick oven, which was imported from Italy. Although best enjoyed within minutes fresh from the oven, the pizza will be available for takeout as well.
Vero's gelato will be delivered fresh daily. Buholzer will continue to offer customers’ favorite flavors, such as pistacchio, gianduia and stracciatella, and flavors will be rotated monthly.
Buholzer is excited to offer homemade waffle cones, made on-site each day. Buholzer has completely remodeled the space to produce a comfortable and welcoming atmosphere. More room has been made for tables and chairs, and the decor is modern-rustic with wooden tables, brick accents and warm colors. Soundproof panels have been strategically and aesthetically placed to help create a pleasant dining experience. Pendant lights hang over the tables on the dining mezzanine.
Buholzer said he hopes students will come in to enjoy a respite from their studies by gathering for a pizza with friends. The upstairs loft will be available for groups, and is well-suited for birthday parties, meetings or special occasions.
12421 Cedar Road
M-Th 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
F-Sat 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Deanna Bremer Fisher
Kaye Lowe is the executive director of the Cedar Farimount Special Improvement District.