Things to do in Verona

Verona flag mural photo by Kristy Locklin.

With a thriving food and drink scene, parks worth exploring and a walkable business district, Verona belongs on your list of neighborhoods worth exploring.

Stats (via Niche)

  • Population: 2,639
  • Size: 0.6 square miles
  • Median rent: $665
  • Median home value: $76,000

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Good things sometimes do come in small packages. In tiny Verona Borough, home values are going up, the school district is Grade A and the business district is booming.

Verona has plenty of places to eat and drink … and soon there will be more. Two breweries, Inner Groove Brewing and Acclamation Brewing are slated to open in 2019, joining Stonewall Cider House and Meadery to complete the borough’s craft beverage trifecta.

Photo courtesy of Verona Community Group.

Verona’s food offerings span the globe. Burgh Thai on South Avenue is a great place to enjoy authentic Bangkok cuisine while Freedom Square Diner is your hub for all-American grub. Fill up on Italian eats at Verona Village Inn. Need caffeine to start your engine? Visit Mechanic Coffee Co.

Photo by Kristy Locklin.

And if food trucks are more your speed, you’ll find a gathering of them at Railroad Park on the fourth Thursday of every month from June through October.

Railroad Park is also the site of the Verona Farmers Market (which includes live music), the annual Easter egg hunt, car cruises and the borough’s Halloween parade. The Verona Community Group can fill you in on events happening there and other news. And Riverbank Park, nestled between Arch Street and the Allegheny River, boasts beautiful views of the waterway and includes a picnic pavilion, playground and courts for tennis and basketball.

Dog clothing at Pinks Tiny Paws. Photo by Kristy Locklin.

The business district is a short stroll from the park and includes treasure troves such as the E.N. Miller Antique Mall and Time & Again Antiques. Get your four-legged friend gussied up at Pinks Tiny Paws and The Pampered Pooch. Fans of two-wheeled action should ride over to Dirty Harry’s. Their team will be performing safety inspections during the annual Bike Safety Derby on June 8 at 11 am. at the Verona Police Department. Like a challenge? Puzzle Room Pittsburgh stages real-life adventure games that require strategy and teamwork.

Photo courtesy of Carrie Lewis DelRosso.

Mayor David Ricupero, a lifelong Verona resident, is proud of the borough’s progress as much as its past. He encourages people to walk around town — an activity that’s as much an education as it is exercise, thanks to an abundance of memorials and murals. Folks also can learn more at the Verona Historical Society, which opens its history room Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“We all work together and build off of somebody’s idea,” Ricupero says. “And that’s what makes Verona Verona. Everyone is supportive of progress.”

Fast Facts

Verona is located just 15 miles east of Pittsburgh.
The borough got its name from the combination of the Verner and Iona railroad stops along the Allegheny Valley Railroad. Much like the trains that defined its past, Verona is still chugging along into a bright future. Just call it The Little Borough That Could.