Nicolas Maamari opened La Veranda in Clayton’s infamous “haunted” building in May 2002, but Maamari and partner Johnny Khalilieh aren’t worried about apparitions spoiling appetites at this eatery. Their menu offers cuisine from northern Italy with a family-style dining environment. Starter plates are especially good—the grilled prawns wrapped in a thin shell of pancetta are outstanding—while the entrée selections of pizzas and pasta dishes provide ample options. Daily specials feature fresh fish and veal variations, plus a fine selection of local wines. Lunch and dinner daily, brunch Sun.