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“Wonderful little gem” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of DeFina's Italian Restaurant

DeFina's Italian Restaurant
Ranked #25 of 240 Restaurants in Venice
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Rockford, Illinois
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55 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Wonderful little gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 11, 2014

We stumbled upon this little place one night and were very surprised; the food and service were excellent. It is in the corner of a little strip mall but it is a hidden gem, very romantic setting as well. We will definitely be back.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Ramandlam
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Venice, Florida
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123 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
“Holy Cannoli!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2014

We live locally and decided to give the "New DeFina's" a try when we heard about the new owners, Bob and Pam. Their hospitality was wonderful and they are very dedicated to doing whatever it takes to make their restaurant successful. I loved the create-your-own-endless-pasta summer special where I chose my pasta, sauce, and accompaniments. It was a good value made even better by the no-rush atmosphere. We tried cannoli for dessert (which I'm not normally fond of) but it was the best I ever had...almond-y, not too sweet, and drizzled with chocolate. Give them a try!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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2 Thank 2020travelbug
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Venice, Florida
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Nice Romantic Setting, good food and fair prices.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 27, 2014 via mobile

Loved the ambience. The restaurant has been nicely remodeled, with low lighting, ample tables and booths, and comfortable seating.
I made a reservation for two (because it was a Friday night), was greeted (by owner I think), seated promptly, and service was quick and efficient. Specials were explained in detail. The food and wine menus were impressive; I chose Veal Picatta (which was quite tasty), and a house red wine that was good. Prices were quite reasonable.
Nice to know there is another nice Italian Restaurant in Venice to choose for those quiet and special romantic evenings.

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Thank JDLedbetter
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Venice, Florida
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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“great overall experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2014

.Love the ambiance of the restaurant, the owner Pam never fails to greet on the way in, check on the meal when it is served and thank us on the way out for our business. The staff is very good, well trained and pleasant. We had 6 different meals and each was excellent, served well and delicious tasting. The haddock (on special) was outstanding texture, portion and served nicely. We love this place and plan to go back weekly

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Barb V
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“First time Great Dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 5, 2014

Had a very nice experience at DeFina's. Loved the atmosphere with low lights along with candles on each table. Our dinner was very tasty but thought the iceberg lettuce salad needs improvement. The rolls were a soft texture and not that good Italian crusty taste like it should be in a high end Italian restaurant. The wine was very good .. Would most likely return.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Avacadofreak
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