3663 Voltaire St, San Diego, CA | Directions 9210632.739686 -117.228477
Neighborhoods: Loma Heights, Western, Point Loma Heights, Western San Diego
Love Venetian! – My family has been coming to Venetian's for years and have always been very satisfied. They have the best pizza in San Diego, hands down. The pastas are great, the bar is cozy and inviting, and they have great Tiramisu. We actually take out food more often than eating in the restaurant but when decide to actually go out, it is always so nice. Best part is they have now started delivering to the Point Loma/Ocean Beach area! Now who can beat that? Some good pizza combos that we eat often: fresh tomato, pepperoni, & sausage; and linguica, spinach & pepperoni. Yum!
Huge disappointment – I've been coming here very infrequently over my lifetime, but I always manage to visit every time I come to San Diego. I always have the antipasto salad. What used to be a very good salad has become a bunch of lettuce with a few hunks of meat and cheese and a bunch of pepperoncinis. All this for $13.80? Sadly, my days of eating here are done.
best pizza in the city – never had a better pizza anywhere ill be back
Neighborhood Gem – This cozy, neighborhood Italian restaurant is my families' favorite place in town. We have been going for the past 4 years since moving to the Point Loma area. Everyone that works there, from the bus boy Michael, Ryan, Quinn to the waiters and waitresses, Jess, Hannah, Patrick, Jeanine, to the owners, Joey and Frank works their tails off to make us feel like we are extremely welcome. We feel that this is an extension of our home and know other "regulars" must too, because we see the same crowd frequently. It is an incredibly vibrant place that is fun in a relaxed way. There is no pretense about this restaurant. It is whatever you want it to be. If you are looking for a low-key night, you can wear jeans and a t-shirt and not get funny looks. You can also make this place a formal venue to celebrate intimate moments with loved ones. We oftentimes celebrate birthdays and anniversaries here. The crew has a good feel of what we are looking for and caters very well to the evening that we have in mind. The food is ridiculously good and incredibly priced for the portion size. Everyone that I have brought here has made this a regular stop on their circuit of restaurants. Joey, the owner, has even given some of these folks his cell phone number to better cater to their needs. We are very thankful to have found this neighborhood gem and the friendships that it has given us.
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My favorite restaurant when I visit San Diego – When I moved to Cabo 4 years ago I was dissapointed there wasn't an italian restaurant that comes close to the venetian.
When I come to San Diego I make it a point to have dinner at the Venetian. I am always greeted warmly by Joey Giacalone (part of the family) and the staff is also very friendly. They even remember my name!!
There is nothing more enjoyable and relaxing than sitting at the bar, sipping a glass of wine and ordering an appetizer before dinner. There is great conversation with the frequent locals and the bartenders.
When I do get to my table it is in a lovely garden room and I always receive great, prompt service. The food is fabulous and the portions are so huge that there is always a leftover for the next day.
I highly recommend The Venetian to anyone who enjoys a great friendly, family restaurant with the best italian food in town.
I cannot wait to get back to San Diego this Summer!!!
THANKS VENETIAN FOR BEING THERE!!!
Pleasant Surprise – Being a transplant from the east coast, it was a
pleasant surprise to find a nice italian family
restaurant. The food was great the atmosphere
terrific. Our party of eight probably ate to much,
drank to much "we took a cab" and above all
were treated like kings& queens. So two
thumbs up and enjoy.
Great Food, Great Atmosphere! – When my husband and I found the Venetian, I couldn't believe our luck! My husband, being Italian, is very picky about Italian food. So, at our first visit, I set myself up for a disappointing meal. However, the ONLY disappointing moment was the fact that we were unable to eat it all! Their red sauce has amazing flavor, in both the pasta dishes as well as the pizza. The service is wonderful - you are always met with smiling faces - and the atmosphere is great. We have never had a meal there we didn't love, and every time we have friends in town visiting, this is the first place we take them. I highly recommend taking the time to try the Venetian - you won't be sorry!
The Truth About the Venetian and the Giacolones ... – Dear Trashy Reviews:
I couldn't agree more. The reason the restaurant is so trashy is because the brothers are low-class morons. Who know little or knowing about fine Italian cuisine or culture. That is why the atmosphere is so tacky -- a kind of faux noir of ghetto-Italian taste.
As for the food, nothing is prepared fresh except for the salads, sandwiches, and pizza -- with the latter being good but greasy and old school that ignores the calories. Everything else is prepared and frozen for next day or days ... So, the Venetian is "acceptable' when it comes to Italian food (note that I didn't say cuisine). As for the cheesy restaurant atmosphere, well "Casino" and a la retro Italiano club scene comes to mind -- what do you expect from restaurateurs like the Giacolones who are anything but "genuises"
As I said about the Giacolone brothers earlier, they are creme de la-creme morons. Joey Giacolone is "barely" a high school graduate who pretends to be something else. His mal-command of the English language can be revealing. Basically, he is an insouciant idiot who has only achieved a measure of success through nepotism -- ask Joey what that means. As a former employee of Joe many, many years ago, I discovered that he possessed an irrepressible superiority complex that had no foundation in reality.
Matter of fact, I learned personally from Joey under his employment which he had a habit of bragging about, that the only reason he graduated high school was due entirely to having a surrogate student complete his required coursework -- had sad is that statement, but Joey was proud of it. He seemed to have delusions of grandeur owing entirely to some filial station in life which I personally found not only annoying, but truly pathetic knowing his family and educational background.
As for Frank Giacolone, he makes the glacial drift seem like the autobahn -- I think he was congenitally impaired (mildly retarded) but his brother didn't admit it.
Poor food and poor service. – Trash, from the outside entrance, to the waitress, and most importantly the food. The waiting area when you first enter is a joke. The waitress looked like an old piece of leather and her personality was pushy and rude. The decore was from the 70's and dirty. The food was terrible.
Best Pizza, Great Service, Decent Price – I've been going to the Venetian 'before I was born'. This place is a must for great pizza and a large selection of pastas and other dishes. While I reserve Baci Restorante as my favorite Italian restaurant, the Venetian is a great place for pizza and selection of other dishes for those nights when you dont feel like a super fancy dinner.
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