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New management, new look for Via Verde

Posted by Geeky Swedes on January 29th, 2009

My Ballard reader Robert sent us this photo today of a new sign going up in front of Via Verde, the Italian restaurant on Market St. near 17th Ave.

We called the restaurant, and they said new management recently took over the establishment with plans to make some changes. Via Verde is still rather new to the neighborhood, opening in July of last year. (Thanks Robert!)

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65 reader comments so far ↓

  • 1 jonny // Jun 10, 2009 at 12:18 am

    MMM pizza.. I hope that's what they have :-)

  • 2 emily // Jun 21, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Had lunch here before, it was not bad… nothing fantastic though. Just another typical Italian joint in my opinion…

  • 3 Karen521 // Jul 1, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    I'm not a local but looking to travel there soon and will definitely avoid this one! Thanks for the heads-up:)

  • 4 lillyhayden // Jul 11, 2009 at 11:45 am

    I think this is a very nice idea.
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  • 5 juliannanero // Jul 14, 2009 at 3:47 am

    I've eaten at Via Verde twice and it wasn't that it was bad so much as bland. The green & red logo has to go, it looks more like signage for a gas station than an Italian Restaurant. Unfortunately, that new sign is just as tacky and stripmallish looking. Ballard is turning into Northgate.

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  • 6 delerben // Jul 19, 2009 at 1:44 am

    I would eat there. I don't see the problem

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  • 7 jamfolk // Jul 19, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I went there once and it wasn't terrible so much as, uh, not NOT terrible. The pizza was soggy and pricey. If I am going to spend a ton on pizza Veraci is where I want to spend it.

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  • 8 mastery // Jul 30, 2009 at 9:35 pm

    It's a charming enough sign. New ownership in under a year isn't that uncommon in the restaurant industry, and in this economy even less so. I hope they will do well.

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  • 9 warp9wb // Aug 1, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    Looks like a nice typical Italian Restaurant

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  • 10 steve // Aug 19, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    This place really has to pick it up-ive heard too many bad reviews

  • 11 macharsh // Aug 20, 2009 at 5:02 am

    Such a very nice Italian food i like it very much

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  • 12 ijstyles // Aug 25, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    Though I love to eat Italian cuisines, that place looks wrecked, I would rather find some other place to go fill myself.

  • 13 bgchadra // Aug 25, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I think it is a wonderful new addition to the area. Best wishes for your success.

  • 14 Crucix // Aug 26, 2009 at 4:01 am

    I never went to this restaurant but by looking at the comments here, i doubt it will be a fun experience.. anywayz no biggie.. loads of other places to go :)

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  • 15 Nose Job // Aug 26, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    A new restaurant and even newer sign. What will this sign change?

  • 16 dave8291 // Sep 2, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Under new management already. From what I'm reading this doesn't seem like the place to eat out.

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  • 17 shanpollok2 // Sep 8, 2009 at 10:45 am

    What they need is a new concept and menu. Some of the reason for turnover could be…drum roll please…ANOTHER Italian restaurant. How many Italian restaurants does one neigborhood need? MYBALLARD lists 15… This one is across the street from Palermo and a couple of blocks from Lombardi's.

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  • 18 Shopping Deals // Sep 19, 2009 at 2:54 am

    I found the food to be extremely bland as well. Not a fan of this restaurant at all. Backlink

  • 19 hiphopmusic // Sep 20, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    New sign and new management haven't changed a thing for this place. The food is still tasteless as ever, and a huge waste of money during this economic downturn. Such a shame, because usually Italian food is the best… but not here. Sad to say :(

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  • 20 ijstyles // Sep 24, 2009 at 2:31 pm

    I agree.. they must revise a new concept to improve their restaurant once in for all.
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  • 21 CFD Trading // Oct 4, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    Ow, italian food is absolutely lovely.

  • 22 poker reviews // Oct 13, 2009 at 11:26 am

    i love pizza i could eat pizza from teh rubbish if i had to

  • 23 Chrissy // Oct 18, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I hope it gets better too.


  • 24 Respectable Reviews // Oct 20, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    I've eaten at Via Verde twice and it wasn't that it was bad so much as bland. The green & red logo has to go, it looks more like signage for a gas station than an Italian Restaurant. Unfortunately, that new sign is just as tacky and stripmallish looking. Ballard is turning into Northgate.

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  • 25 Nanny Cams // Oct 27, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    I agree with some of posters before me. I was there only once and would never again go near this place. Really bad food..

  • 26 Leon Rajanthiran // Oct 28, 2009 at 3:02 am

    Italian food is normally good. What so bad about this one?

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  • 27 JayAllan // Oct 29, 2009 at 2:13 am

    I don't think the sign looks desperate.. I think a lot of people might miss it if it wasn't placed there.

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  • 28 hilarious quotes // Oct 30, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    i simply love italian pasta and italian food is my favorite.. gr8…

  • 29 homeequityloan // Oct 31, 2009 at 8:27 pm

    I love Italian food. One day I will try this restaurant.

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  • 30 arbitrageconspiracyreviews // Nov 11, 2009 at 10:37 am

    It may be new but I have visited this place. This restaurant really has a different taste. I like all the delicious dishes offered there. I would like to go again and again.
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  • 31 Daydream1 // Nov 14, 2009 at 10:51 pm

    I love Italian food (and women!) too. I'd give this place a try if I were in the area as it looks OK, apart from the main dangling in front of the place!

  • 32 sarah // Nov 15, 2009 at 6:29 am

    I love Italian food too.Thanks for your reviews

  • 33 quickbucks // Nov 15, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    I am gonna check it out.

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  • 36 Tom pechon // Dec 3, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Well i don't really like this new look tbh

    This is pretty cool but you can get even better here
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  • 37 Back Muscle Pain // Dec 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I have a couple genuine Italian restaurants down here in Florida where I live. The food is the best! It just doesn't get any better. I bet that place has good food too.

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  • 39 Hand Palm // Dec 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    looks lke a nice place

  • 40 TryGDIDotCom // Dec 4, 2009 at 5:35 pm

    Interior photos would have been great. Wood fired pizza sounds wonderful. Prepare mine over applewood. Yum!

  • 41 Mary Thai Mass // Dec 6, 2009 at 10:48 am

    Yummy!! Italian food !

  • 42 Michelle // Dec 8, 2009 at 10:58 pm

    I had a meal there and don't plan on going back. The food was ok, but it just wasn't that tasty.

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  • 43 Enhanced Kre-Alkalyn // Dec 9, 2009 at 5:23 am

    Via Verde's food have always been my favorite. I love to eat there as the place is so beautiful.

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  • 44 Pills // Dec 16, 2009 at 9:41 pm

    I love this place…

  • 45 Jes Extender // Dec 16, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    After many visits at this place, still not sure about their quality…It can be great, but sometimes is very very average…

  • 46 francodane // Dec 18, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    im italian
    this is a good place

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  • 47 Acnezine Review // Jan 1, 2010 at 12:10 pm

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  • 48 Name // Jan 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

    it looks very nice now. very nice upgrade.

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  • 51 jdmmackin // Feb 2, 2010 at 10:04 pm

    italian food is great,

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  • 52 doer82 // Feb 4, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I wonder, how is this restaurant going right now? I ever eat on the restaurant once just a month after they opened. And it sucks. I just thinking it's not like a restaurant but a gas station. Well, if it said they had new management, I'll give them another shot, and let see how it taste right now. Btw, why don't you help me by share your opinion about this word, kjkkjk. thanks.

  • 53 MohamedAdamJr // Feb 14, 2010 at 1:34 pm

    Sounds like they need a visit from Chef Ramsey.

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  • 57 Jacky // Feb 26, 2010 at 3:09 pm

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  • 59 nobedbugs // Mar 29, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Are they still around? Gordon Ramsey should lend a hand.

  • 60 2girlsteachsex // Apr 15, 2010 at 9:09 am

    bad resto, bot good ambience

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  • 62 Manou // Apr 23, 2010 at 5:45 am

    love Italian. they are opening one in my neighborhood soon.

  • 63 Dan at Lose Stomach Fat Fast // Mar 13, 2011 at 12:13 pm

    Hopefully it’s better under new management, if it’s new management taking it over. We had a place near us that changed it’s name something like four times in a year, but had the same management each time. Needless to say the food and ambience didn’t improve, so the whole thing was a bit of a waste of time.

  • 64 Caravan Motor Mover Reviews // Mar 13, 2011 at 9:58 pm

    Shame – I know a few places like this. I hate when a good place goes down hill, especially under new management, when you’d think a refresh would be in order!

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