For a taste of old Italy, head to Villa Verone, housed in an 1847 river-stone residence a block north of Geneva's main drag. Frank Sinatra and Vic Damone ballads, played quietly through outdoor speakers, greet diners as they head up the sidewalk; a pair of canaries supply a further musical welcome in the side-porch entry. Inside this modern-day trattoria, murals of blue skies, Italian hillside villages and twining vines decorate the faux-stone walls in both the upstairs and downstairs dining rooms. Specializing in traditional Italian veal, chicken and pasta dishes, Villa Verone serves favorites like bruschetta, pollo marsala, capellini pomodoro and veal piccata. Most choices on the wine list are Italian; all are available by the glass.
Above the restaurant, the Upper Club offers live music on the weekends, Motown Night on Thursdays and musical surprises on Wednesdays.