Venice Italian Restaurant
of 19 reviews
1490 N Frederick Pike, Winchester, VA - Map
On Sunday, February 8, 2015, I had lunch at the Venice Italian Restaurant on Route 522 North at 1490 North Frederick Pike. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 10:00 AM-9:00 PM; Friday-Saturday, 10:30 AM-10:00 PM; Sunday, 11:00 AM-8:00 PM. The phone number is (540) 722-0992, and carry-out service is available.
The building is rectangular, with its narrow end toward the highway, and faces its parking lot. It has a long vestibule along the front with doors at both ends. The reception area has the cashier's counter at your right, and is furnished with a couple of sofas. The dining area is divided into four rooms by a series of partitions with arches. The walls and high ceiling are light in color, and that and the windows makes for a light and airy ambience.
The central dining room has tables for four along the sides and round tables for six in the center and a large fireplace on the left wall. This room is flanked by two smaller rooms in alcoves along the left front and back of the building. The one in the front alcove has tables for two along the window and tables for four along the partition. The partitions are pierced by openings housing decorative items.
The room in the back alcove has four tables for eight and four tables for four. Its window looks out at Route 37 behind the building. A fourth dining room is on the right in the back of the building and has a large table for 14 and several smaller tables. The Italian motif is carried throughout by arches and pillars, along with statues. Background music is not intrusive, and I don't remember seeing TV screens.
The menu is a book with eight pages enclosed in plastic. The categories included Beverages, Salads and Soups, Appetizers, Pasta Specialties, Homemade Baked Dishes, Side Orders, House Specialties, Specialty Combo Plates, Seafood Specialties, Hot Subs, Cold Subs, Burgers, Pizza, Gourmet Pizzas, and Oven Specialties. A gratuity of 18% is added for parties of seven or greater.
I took a seat in the front alcove's dining room that looks out on the parking lot. I ordered from the Baked Dishes menu, choosing Eggplant Parmigiana, described as buttered eggplant topped with homemade tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, served with a side of linguini and tomato sauce.
My order came with a house salad, served in a small glass bowl with a plastic cup of blue cheese dressing. It was mostly lettuce, with a couple of slices each of cucumber, radish, and tomato. The two slices of eggplant had been baked in an oval dish delivered on a platter because it was so hot. The linguini came in a separate heated bowl, and there was a small loaf of Italian bread.
The only server was Jennifer, a young woman. She said that after she had eaten there last year and liked the food, she had asked about a job, and has been working there since July. Only three tables were occupied when I arrived just before noon. Several carry-out orders were picked up while I was there, but the after-church crowd I expected later was not very large.
I would evaluate the eggplant Parmigiana as good. It was a large serving with the two slices; I didn't touch the linguini, but brought it home with me for later consumption. At present, I`ll rate the Venice as a keeper
This building had first been used years ago for a Western Steer Family Steakhouse operation that eventually folded. The place later reopened as a restaurant with a different name and was operated by contractor Bill Bass and his wife for a short time. However, they didn't make a go of it either and it closed also. For a while a non-profit group used the facility as a headquarters, but that too ended after a while.
In 2002 the Venice moved into the property after it had been extensively remodeled. It had previously operated for eight years across the highway in the Sunnyside Plaza Shopping Center, next to Food Lion. My wife and I had eaten there several times, and also at this latest venue, but I hadn't been there in recent years.
We've been dining at Venice for over 20 years. Excellent service and fabulous food! Our son's Wedding Rehearsal dinner was held in their private dining room during 2013. The service we received was outstanding! We received exceptional accomadations, love, support, and always their professional service! The food is always fabulous! It's a joy to eat at Venice. On the weekend their accordion player, Gary walks around the room playing softly to many times you will truly enjoy.
Went here late on a Wednesday night.. One hour to close. My mother and I thought it was closed as there was no one there. However, the very accommodating Jennifer brought us right in and told us not to rush. She gave us wonderful recommendations, and partially thanks to her and the culinary skill of Marvin in the kitchen we had a wonderful meal.. As well as fantastic service. Having traveled all day for vacation Venice was a sight for site eyes and a treat for a growling stomach.