Veeno Reading is part of a family of Italian-style cafe restaurants loved by communities up and down the UK. On Valpy Street in the city centre, just like all the others, is perfect for relaxing or any casual occasion. From the menu you can expect an impressive selection of Italian wine produced in a family vineyard in Sicily, going from grape to your glass with no middle man in sight. You’ve then got spuntini, meaning little snacks and appetisers, cured meats and cheeses, sharing boards and some fine Italian paninis in the way of food. Veeno Reading is a very short walk from the main Reading train station and a place where you really can taste the passion and the love gone into the food and drink. It’s popular, so do reserve a table in advance.
Here’s Veeno Reading in a nutshell: a quality Italian wine cafe serving family produced Sicilian wines and authentic Italian spuntini. Then, given its location at Minerva House on Valpy Street, right by The Forbury Gardens, as well as counter, table and cosy booth seating, Veeno Reading is perfect for pretty much any casual occasion. If you’re just in for drinks, the Italian wine at this Reading cafe is on point, of course, available by the glass or by the bottle and with plenty of info on its origins if you’re interested.
In terms of food, few Italian restaurants in Reading match Veeno in terms of the originality of the menu. Here, you won’t be overwhelmed with too many choices between various pizzas and pastas, but you will have plenty of light yet vibrant bruschette to choose from, as well as sharing boards that are perfect for grazing and plenty of Italian meat and cheese. The Grande board is king of everything and gives you a chance to try the best of what Veeno Reading has to offer. This is some of the most relaxed Reading city centre drinking and dining we know of and you’re going to love it.
We had the Reserva tasting menu on a quiet midweek evening and it was excellent. The wines were mostly on the dry side and I prefer the sweeter kind however the food was delicious and the waiter helped us really enjoy it. The experience is quite unique in Reading and I would recommend it.