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Jan 25, 2011 04:52 PM

A visit to Via Veneto on W. Broadway...

A rep lunch today made me try out this place since I was not in the Cactus Club or Milestones mood as we usually do. I had read that this place is (run?) (owned?) by the previous owner of Amarcord. I never dined at Amarcord so I do not know if it is similiar or not.

I also rarely go out for Italian food. My ex was Italian and for about 10 years I ate his mama's home cooked food and I never desired to eat Italian elsewhere after that. I still don't, really, and I miss hers all the time.

The restaurant is nice. The menu is reasonable, I think with the highest price about $14 for an entree for lunch. I think the food was good. I think everyone was satisfied, but out of four, no one raved about anything. The person who ordrered Garganelli all’ Arrabiata said hers was VERY good. Nothing impressed me and I know personally, I won't rush back. Service was very good. Water, coffee was filled often, plates were cleared in a timely fashion. All staff were very pleasant.

Here's what the pictures are:
1. Table setting
2. Caesar Salad (I found a couple of bites of brownish, wilty lettuce)
3. Zuppa del Giorno (today was Tomato, Rosemary)
4. Linguine ai Frutti di Mare
5. Confit di Pollo con Funghi (what I ate - it felt a little bland and uninspired and can I add - visually unappealing)

Here's their website:

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    1. Thanks for the review. This is one of those locations that seems to be cursed as it has had many different kicks at the can concept-wise, the majority being well below the leading edge.
      Perhaps it's just too large for the area since most of the surrounding restaurants that seem to be making a go of things are half the size.

      4 Replies
      1. re: eatrustic

        Yeah, I agree. There were only 5 tables including us the whole lunch. Capricorn did last there for quite a lot of years which surprised me. Knight & Day was out of there in a flash! I am stumped now trying to remember what was before Capricorn...I see there was Ginger Garlic Cuisine of India there too, but I don't even recall this one...

        1. re: ck1234

          Not to mention a competitive strip along Broadway.

          Funny when Knight & Day came back here (this was their original and first location since the '60s) I thought hey, that'll work for this area, a standard, affordable mainstream family resto. We even ate at the "new" K&D a couple times, but I already got the bad vibe that things were slow (they did happen to come in in the midst of the recession). Perhaps too the space is simply too big given the high rent.

          So CK1234, do you recommend VV overall even if you don't plan on rushing back ? What would be the most direct competitor to VV at the same price points ?

          1. re: LotusRapper

            LR, do you mean Italian in the neighbourhood for competition? Would I recommend it? I guess I would if someone wanted Italian in this area as it is really the only place I can think of. Like I said regarding the food, nothing impressed me. Lunch would also average around $20pp. Cactus Club is that price and is full every single day...

            Here's what one of the diners in my party yesterday said in a email to me today, "I thought the food was ok. My soup was good…the sauce for the linguine was also flavorful, although the seafood was a little overcooked. To be honest, I wanted to know if they made their desserts in-house and try their Zuppa Inglese but I didn’t want to be the only one ordering dessert..haha!"

            1. re: ck1234

              Yeah I meant Italian. Actually, there isn't any in the 'hood. And I'm not including Gigi's Pizza & Spaghetti further east at Columbia St. neither.

              Which reminds me, Il Favorito was very decent old-school Italian (between Ash & Cambie). RIP :-(