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Veneto Gourmet Pizza & Pasta

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(9 Reviews)

318 East Ave, Rochester, NY 14604

(585) 454-5444

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Today: 11:30 am - 11:00 pm
Tomorrow: 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
17
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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A casual dining restaurant in the heart of downtown Rochester. Specializing in from-scratch, light Italian food in an old world atmosphere.

General Info
Our restaurant located in downtown Rochester has been a staple of the East End for over 13 years. We create all of our offerings from scratch in a light Italian style.  Our atmosphere is upscale, yet casual. The kitchen is our centerpiece, as it should be, and set up so that you may watch your meals being prepared right in front of you. The exposed brick in our 150+ year old building and wood furniture provides a warmth and if that's not enough, the wood fired pizza oven reaches 600 degrees.  We'd be honored if you would dine with us and let the food, service, and ambiance speak for itself.
Hours

Regular Hours

Payment method
all major credit cards, debit, check, cash
Price Range
$$
Location
We're located in the heart of downtown Rochester's East End District. We are located on East Avenue  East of the Inner Loop. Our building is located on the North side of East Avenue. We're also nearby many key destinations: The RMSC, George East
Neighborhood
East Avenue
Categories
Pizza, Fine Dining Restaurants, Italian Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Italian, European, Continental, Pizza

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Average

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Fiona88

02/23/2012

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Overall
Snotty cook, abysmal food

My scallops were undercooked, so I asked the server to have the cook throw them back on the fire for a bit longer. Because I really hate doing that, I watched her communicate with the cook who scrunched her face and said, with tons of attitude, something along the lines of, ""I don't know what she's talking about - it's cooked."" Well, after 5 minutes, the scallops returned not having changed one bit. The same pale purple, gelatinous insides were gleaming at me on the plate. Had they been fresh, I wouldn't have minded, but they were obviously not, so they needed to be properly cooked. Also, the bacon that was wrapped around the asparagus on the side was rubbery. I will not be returning.

pok326

12/27/2009

Overall
Excellent Food

This restaurant has excellent food at a reasonable price. Great wood fired pizza and pasta dishes. Atmosphere is cozy but busy. Can't go wrong for a great dinner at a reasonable price. Service sometimes leaves a lot to be desired, but I still go back. One of my favorite places in Rochester

AdamYoung

08/21/2008

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Overall
Simple Rochestarian

I response to Mark Strickland. I have visited Vento?s several times and have always enjoyed the food and the service. I have read your review on several sites and find them to be absolutely absurd. Obviously you have never traveled outside of Rochester because adding gratuity is common practice all over the country, and in fact all over the world. Also in regard to adding a third chair to a table for two may actually be against fire codes.

jwood22

12/08/2007

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I don't agree with either of the other reviews!!! I love Veneto, very nice down to earth people. The

I don't agree with either of the other reviews!!! I love Veneto, very nice down to earth people. The food is amazing, everyone can have a bad experience somewhere. Also, 20% gratuity is standard these days and it shouldn't be argued with. 7 people is a large party and is difficult to serve well! Don't go out if you don't want to tip. That is not an upcharge its standard

markstrickland

10/18/2007

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Overall
Good Food, Horrible Service

Incident #1: It's a shame -I like the food very much. Once I was having dinner with a friend at a small table. We were surprised by a visit from another friend, but the restaurant would neither get him a chair nor get us a different table. He ended up leaving.

Incident #2: The restaurant added a 20% Gratuity to our bill, even though we only had a party of seven.
I have never heard of seven people being considered a ""large party"". This charge upset everyone at our table.
After my guests had all left, I re-entered the restaurant to inquire why this charge was on our bill.
Instead of speaking with me or reasoning with me, I was simply asked to leave.

The following day I called and asked to speak with Tracy, the Restaurant Manager. She said that the gratuity was their standard practice. The manager further explained that there is a lot more work for a large party and a major inconvenience for the kitchen and wait staff. It was a burdon to take care of a table of seven people and we were to be up-charged for their having to endure this situation. I was then informed that we were no longer welcomed at Venetos.

sweetbella

06/12/2007

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Overall
good food, questionable staff

i don't mind waiting for good food, but the staff should be a little more accomodating to the fact that people will be hanging around for two hours and not be so exasperated. the food is good, but i don't think i'd wait for it again when there are plenty of other nice italian places to go where the staff seems more capable.

glezen

12/01/2006

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Overall
BEST PIZZA GREAT SERVICE AWSOME MANAGER

I LOVED THIS PLACE. THE PIZZA IS WONDERFULL AS WELL AS THE PASTAS. ALL OF THE MEALS ARE FRESHLY MADE AND ARE DELICIOUS. I LOVED THE STAFF AND THE MANAGER WAS AWSOME. THE ONLY THING THAT UPSET ME WAS THE RUDNESS OF THE CUSTOMERS THAT HAD TO WAIT. I GUESS THEY DON'T UNDERSTAND THAT GOOD FOOD TAKES TIME.

afoodgeek

11/27/2005

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Overall
You've never had pizza like this!

My date and I ate at Veneto last night and we were very impressed! We arrived around 7:30pm on a saturday and put our names on the waiting list. Veneto makes waiting fun with their very own wine/piano bar next door. The bartender was very helpful in finding a wine to suite each of us while we listened to the jazzy sounds belting from the piano. Our drinks were only half gone when we were told our table was ready next door. We brought our drinks to our cozy table for two. Veneto's menu is very simple but everything sounds delicious! I chose the greek pizza and my date chose the pollo, both were fantastic! Veneto has turned pizza into a fine food!

TsParsons

03/06/2003

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Overall
Pizza Connisuers - dont miss it!

This is as close to fine dining meets pizza as you can get in Rochester. Nothing on this menu will disappoint you. Very cozy atmosphere, but also very busy so come early. Parking nearby. A place you bring that special someone, not large groups. Good winelist. This is an adult pizzalovers dream & prices are reasonable. Walking distance to the Little Theater.

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