Verde, Stratton Mountain’s newest restaurant, is the answer. It really doesn’t matter what the question is. Whether you’re looking for a sophisticated yet subtle decor or you want food that is so beautifully presented that you are almost reluctant to eat it you’ve found the right place.
Fortunately, there were four in our party which allowed us to order a wide variety of items. No easy task since everything on the menu sounded unusual and decadent. With the help of the young but eager-to-please staff we were finally able to decide.
The Spicy Mussels were plump, plentiful, and served in a sauce that will knock your socks off. Crispy Napoleon of Foie Gras, personally recommended by Chef Bob Touchette, had my husband, a self-proclaimed “foodie” declaring, “I’m not exactly sure what’s in here, but it’s unbelievable.” Roasted Garlic and Onion Soup piled high with crispy spinach and leeks and Minestrone Con Pesto both of which were meals in themselves.
Of course, we didn’t let that stop us. Everything that followed was a beautifully framed work of art served on white, slightly asymmetrical Villeroy and Boch china and as delightful to the palate as it was to the eye. The “sides” were as good as the main events. The crispy mushroom polenta that was served with the center cut pork chop is reason enough to go back.
When I go back, which will be will soon, I’ll be obligated to try one of the other pieces of art which kept passing our table en route to some other fortunate diners. Each plate that went by kept us second guessing about our initial choices until the meal was over and we realized that there are no wrong choices here.
Dinner is served from 5:30pm Wednesday – Monday. Breakfast, which I hope to experience soon, is served from 7:00-11:00am Thursday – Monday with a more moderate price range. Verde is in the Village Lodge on Stratton Mountain. Call 802.297.9200 for reservations and additional hours during holiday periods.