Big Easy Restaurants: Venezia

On a recent Saturday night, my boyfriend and I found ourselves in the Mid-City area and decided on dinner at Venezia, an old-school New Orleans Italian restaurant.  We had both eaten there on several occasions, but not in recent years.  When we arrived without a reservation, the hostess told us there would be a 20-25 minute wait.  Not too bad, we thought.  We bellied up to the bar and watched a little of the LSU-Auburn game.  Okay, a lot of the game.   An hour later, we were finally seated at a table, and it was nearly another hour before our entrees were served.

We both opted for traditional Italian dishes.  We split a house salad, which consisted of a lot of watery lettuce, a pale pink wedge of tomato, some salami and cheese, and some oil.  Very uninspired.   I ordered the eggplant parmesan.  The eggplant was soggy and bland, very disappointing, but the pasta with red sauce was pretty tasty.  My boyfriend got the cheese-stuffed shells.  The cheese filling and red sauce had a nice flavor, but nothing to write home about.

Venezia remains a bustling place, and it’s obvious that a lot of their customers are regulars.  It’s a New Orleans neighborhoody kind of place that people around here love.   Personally, in a city with so many great food joints, I won’t be returning to this one anytime soon.

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One thought on “Big Easy Restaurants: Venezia

  1. Carolina Bon Vivant October 17, 2013 at 2:37 am Reply

    I haven’t been to Venezia in years! I used to go there with my boyfriend in the mid-eighties. I loved the stuffed shells — now I make my own!

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