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We are Authentic, Traditional Homemade Italian Cuisine! A Celebration of great Food, Family & Fun!
We invite you to come dine in with us at 407 Atlantic Beach Causeway Suite #9 in Atlantic Beach, NC 28512.
The Venice Story
The story of The Venice restaurant began in 1940 when my grandparents emigrated from Italy; originally living for two years in New York City before coming to Norfolk, Virginia, in 1942. Once in Norfolk and after being told there was no Italian Restaurant in the area, they opened the Italian Kitchen on West Main Street and then a little place on Colley Avenue called Napoli. My grandfather Orlando Loiercio ran the two restaurants until 1947 for a few years, and later moved to a corner location on Norfolk’s Granby Street in the Riverview section of the city. They hoped the dining experience would make you feel like you were eating at a place in Italy or New York City. That building originally sold local produce and groceries by another local family on one side and had the High’s Ice Cream Distribution on the other.
In 1947, The Venice opened it’s doors and continued serving the families in the Hampton Roads area with the best italian food in Hampton Roads, in a loving family environment until late 2013. when unfortunately, due to family health issues, the original, Venice, later named Veneziano closed.
So, to give a bit more history of “our family serving your family”, in the early 80’s Orlando’s uncle opened the Venice at Va Beach on 17th street. Orlando’s parents kept the Venice on Granby Street and later renamed it the Veneziano Italian Restaurant(meaning person of Venice) to keep the 2 separated and easy for people to find when they called. Well, that’s where Orlando met his childhood love(that’s another whole love story) When you get to know Orlando and Alisia, they may tell you that love story. Alisia’s family lived around the corner from the restaurant and she would come over almost everyday and hangout with the Loiercio Family, helping do the dishes, watching, always listening and learning. Orlando’s parents welcomed her and her brothers and sister as family. She started helping Orlando and his family in the restaurant at the age of 10, whenever she could. Alisia went her way and Orlando went his for many years, but as fate would have it, they were brought back together in 2009 and began running the original Venice, (Veneziano) for Orlando’s parents. They worked as team to rebuild that business and were quite successful until 2013 when due to family health reasons, they sold the restaurant and moved to North Carolina’s Crystal Coast: a place Alisia fell in love with when she lived her many years ago.
Orlando and Alisia have now once again, following in the footsteps of Mr. and Ms.Loiercio. You see, having moved to Carteret County, the place where Alisia lived for many of her adult years, Orlando and Alisia quickly got bored, and with the love of community and a desire to serve families and give back to others pulsing through our veins, we could wait no longer and began the search for a place to open in Atlantic Beach where they could continue the family tradition.
My grandparents weren’t the only Loiercio family members who came to Norfolk during World War II. The Loiercio family eventually opened 9 more Italian restaurants, where Orlando started working in some of them at the age of 10 years old. My grandfather expanded into the High’s ice cream place as they needed way more space for business. These places were in the Hampton Roads Southside area, (if you think you may know some of them, ask Orlando and Alisia about them) and that’s where the saying, “Our family serving your family for over seven decades” came from; Orlando and Alisia remain very proud of that legacy. Now, Atlantic Beach get’s to be part of this legacy and have it’s own authentic Italian Restaurant. When we open the doors for Venice Italian Kitchen, it’s going to be “Our family serving your family over seven decades” that will continue here in Atlantic Beach.
Today, just like my grandfather did in 1947, we’re still serving our homemade dishes, from lasagna and gnocchi to our sauces, just to name a few. And just like my grandfather did all those years ago, Orlando and Alisia continue to prepare your food to order, which may take longer than you’re used to but is well worth the wait. Your patience will be repaid many times over by the wonderfully prepared food that will be soon delivered to your table.
We hope you enjoy your visit to Venice Italian Kitchen and return again and again. We believe that our food and restaurant are “Italian as Italy.” Please enjoy your meal and tell your friends about us!