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“Disappointing and Overpriced” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Venucci

Venucci
129 Main St, LaGrange, GA 30240-3217
706-884-9393
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Ranked #37 of 98 restaurants in LaGrange
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Albany, Georgia
1 review
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“Disappointing and Overpriced”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My wife and I visited Lagrange, Georgia on Friday evening 6/14/2013 to see the town and eat at Venucci. I had looked up some Lagrange restaurants online earlier in the day. I was looking for something that stood out from the common and was not the cheese-filled, frozen-and-reheated chain restaurant fare.
Several restaurants looked promising. Among them was Venucci which had a decent menu of various italian meals. It is marketed via the Downtown Restaurant Group's website as "Venucci - Fine Food, Relaxed Atmoshpere." We decided to go for it.
Upon entering Venucci, we were greeted and soon seated in the small dining area of 10 or 12 tables. Decor was simple. The tables were covered with beat-up checkered black and white vinyl tablecloth. The pattern was worn and faded and the edges were torn and frayed in places.
The service was friendly and efficient. We ordered wine and water and those came out fairly quickly along with bread and dipping oil with herbs and garlic. As the waitress served the dipping oil, she dumped a large heap of dried oregano on the oil.
Our food order was a bruschetta appetizer, salads with balsamic dressing, and a shrimp and scallop pescatore entree for two. All the courses came out at a reasonable pace. The bruscheta appetizer was tasty. Our entree of shrimp and scallop pescatore was not so great. The shrimp and scallops seemed ok, but the pasta and the sauce were lacking in vibrance and flavor and was clearly infused with way too much dried oregano as the dipping oil was. This meal was disappointing to say the least.
Venucci is a small, mom-and-pop-type restaurant with mediocre food tasting too strongly of dried oregano. For our food and wine we paid $63. Adding insult to injury, first - when we finished our meal at our tiny table, our waitress asked us to pass her our plates as if we were sitting at large banquet table. The place was not crowded. If she took two steps to the other edge of the table she would be standing right next to us and could have picked up the plates. Second - as she handed us our check, she also handed us the tackiest laminated card that informed us we must pay an additional 3% due to rising credit card processing fees. I was shocked. I'm no expert but I think that is illegal. We should have been informed when we sat down, before we ordered that there was an additional fee. That's a very poor way to do business. Needless to say, we won't be eating at this restaurant again and recommend against eating at Venucci.
"Venucci - Fine Food, Relaxed Atmoshpere." The food is not fine. The plain and simple truth is that it is plain and simple and overpriced. The atmosphere is perhaps too relaxed for the price with shoddy vinyl tablecloths, lazy waitresses, and heavy-handed use of dried oregano.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great lunch, friendly service and good atmosphere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2013 via mobile

Ate here for lunch after visiting Hills and Dales Estate. The food was great. I can't remember the exact name of the dish I had but it had shrimp, andouille sausage, spinach, pasta and a tomato Alfredo sauce. The huge portion was more than I could finish but it tasted fabulous. Would definitely go back again for lunch. Great down town location.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Thomasville
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8 reviews 8 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great but with a kick at the end.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2013

I ordered salmon capello and had the opportunity to tell the kitchen staff that this was the best meal - especially Italian - that I had had in a long time. Salmon done to perfection; wrapped in wonderfully crisp noodles; delectible lemon butter sauce in just the right amount. Meal included bread, tapanade and salad (had the light balsamic dressing). Front dining area reminded us of neiborhood restaurants in NYC. The only negative was the extra 3.5% fee for using a credit card, and that was quite a shock! What a way to ruin a restaurant. For the prices charged, you'd think they could absorb the credit card fees. If the owner ran his credit cards through Costco.com he/she would only have to pay 1.5% - surely an absorbable amount!?

  • Visited May 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Demorest, Georgia
1 review
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“3.5% Extortion Change!!!”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2013

First (and only) experience was ruined when the check arrived and we were told about the 3.5% surcharge for using credit/debit card. Venucci’s owner needs to learn the true meaning of customer service. A 3.5% DISCOUNT for using CASH would be more pleasurable than a “charge added at the end of the day to the tip line”. A small (4 ¼ in. x 5 ½ in.) sign taped to the front door may cover the owner’s [--] but is grossly insufficient. Wait staff should ask if this is your first time at Venucci? Then explain the specials and the credit/debit card policy. NO Surprises! But NEVER again will I darken the Door of Venucci in LaGrange, Ga.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Carrollton, Georgia, United States
1 review
“Extra charges added for using a credit/debit card”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

We waited a very long time for our dinner. When the waitress brought the check, it was accompanied by a notice that if we used a credit or debit card we would be charged the fee that the bank charges the restaurant, so it would have added 3.5% to our bill. Luckily we had enough cash on us so we didn't have to get 3.5% added to our bill. We are concerned because we feel that people will take that amount out of tips, so the workers are the people who are hurt by this (illegal) practice. We will not eat there again.

Visited November 2012
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