This paper addresses the topic of balanced vane pump simulations for pressure ripple optimization by means of metering grooves at the leading edge of delivery ports. It presents a computational fluid dynamics case study based on a transient three-dimensional model developed using an up-to-date commercial software tool. Special attention is dedicated to gaseous cavitation and the impact of the related modeling choices on predictions. The effect of groove dimensions and interaction with the precompression features of the cam ring of the pump are addressed. Experimental data obtained using a dedicated test rig are presented for comparison with numerical results in terms of delivery pressure ripple and volumetric flowrate. A validation strategy based on tuning of the dynamic cavitation model adopted for simulations is proposed. The results demonstrate the critical importance of gas release modeling for the simulation of porting details in the case of significant aeration effects.