Restaurant Review

Pomodoro Grill Restaurant Review

I’m still surprised at how many people don’t actually know where this place is. When I mention it, the response I get is “Where is that exactly?” Located on Cardinal Drive, just one block west of Ocean Drive, it’s on the first floor of the Atrium building.  Parking on the island can difficult during peak hours, but not here.  They don’t open till 4:30 pm, when most of the other businesses in the Atrium building are closing for the day, so they have the entire parking lot available for their customers.  As you walk up to the restaurant, you enter into a courtyard with outdoor seating.  As you head inside, you are warmly greeted by the hostess and the wonderful aroma of their freshly baked garlic knots and pizzas.  The interior is decorated in a Tuscan trattoria style with burnt orange and tan walls, along with hand painted artwork by the Owner Joseph (Peppe) Amelio.  The dining room is long and narrow but didn’t feel cramped at all.  We took our seats and were greeted by Amedeo, Joseph’s son who runs the restaurant when his father is not there.  The menu is quite extensive, with lots of great options to choose from.  With summer coming up, you gotta check out all the great pre-fixe specials they will be offering in just a few short weeks!

Now let’s dive right in and see what this place has to offer and what I had to eat!

Front Entrance
Outdoor Patio – 32 seats available
Dining Room with Joseph Amelio’s personal artwork on display
Cozze Fra Diavolo – PEI mussels are sautéed with garlic, white wine, basil. The mussels were quite large and very tender. The broth is always the star and added lots of flavor to the dish!
Margarita Pizza – A hand tossed style crust is topped with a tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, and basil. The crust was nice and crispy on the bottom, yet had that desirable chew when taking a bite. The sauce was plentiful and had a bold tomato flavor!
Flounder Picatta – A flounder filet is lightly battered with an egg wash and seasoned flour, pan fried, then garnished with sautéed shrimp, lemon slices, and asparagus spears. Its served with a side of your choice. Featured above is the seasonal vegetable. I’m a huge fan of flounder, yet I don’t see it on that many menus locally in Vero. The fish was cooked to perfection, and the picatta sauce was light, yet tangy from the lemon and capers.
Cannoli – Housemade shells and filling, these are the perfect end to a fabulous meal! The filling was incredibly smooth with just the right amount of sweetness!

Pomodoro Grill
Address: 3055 Cardinal Dr, Vero Beach, FL 32963
Phone: (772) 234-1123
Hours of Operation: Monday – Saturday, 4:30pm – 9:00pm, closed on Sunday

Thomas Miller

My name is Thomas Miller, aka “The Treasure Coast Foodie” and “The Foodie Guy” and now the host and producer of the brand new show called Holy Grail Eats! I’ve been a professional food blogger for the past 8 years and I’m very passionate about finding “Holy Grail” dishes and supporting local mom and pop owned restaurants! I’ve reviewed over 300 local restaurants in the last 8 years and my food photos are devoured by 10’s of thousands each month on my website treasurecoastfoodie.com. As a Google Maps Level 8 Local Guide, I have submitted over 3,500 photos that have been viewed over 72 million times. My foodie tribe is over 125,000 strong on the Treasure Coast and my Foodie Meetups and Chef’s Table Dining events are some of the Top Culinary experiences on the Treasure Coast!

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