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“Dinner Date”

The Venetian Grille
Ranked #61 of 84 Restaurants in Somerville
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed December 6, 2012

Went to this place on a dinner date with someone I just met, but the service was quick and the prices were ok, but our focus was more on eachother.

1  Thank Melissa M
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Reviewed November 18, 2012 via mobile

Very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food. For starters the bread and the dipping oil were wonderful! The fried calamari was tender, crispy and plentiful. We ordered rigatoni with eggplant and mozzarella which we just loved. Also very good was a chicken dish with onions, mushroom and peppers. Very pleasant atmosphere. Definitely worth a return visit.

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1  Thank lynnbrown68
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

We decided to try this restaurant in Somerville, because our other choice was closed on Sunday. We called, and they suggested making a reservation, so we set one up at 7:30 pm. When we arrived, out of 60 tables, we were the only ones in the ENTIRE restaurant. Something seemed off. The decor was nice, with beautiful murals painted on the walls, but 3 people in this HUGE room felt strange. The bar is on the other side of the wall, and there were people in there, but not in the restaurant. We actually had to go to the bar and let them know we were sitting.
The food was actually VERY good. The fried calamari was nicely done, the dipping sauce was very tasty, and the portion was huge. The tomato and muzzarella app was not done as nicely, and looked store bought.
My walnut assagio chicken was DELICIOUS, and the chicken fettachinni dish was excellent also. The portion were extremely large. Some of the drinks came in plastic cups, and because the bar is attached to the restaurant, it is not a BYOB. But they did not feel connected at all. The prices are EXTREMELY reasonable. The walnut chicken was $ 13.95, which was amazing? All the dishes were large and inexpensive. I would go again for the food, but not for the ambience. I heard an echo every time we talked.

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2  Thank Andrew R
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We had a $25 gift certificate and took our family of 5 to enjoy a dinner. We were offered the pizzeria menu to also choose from (probably for the kids). There was absolutely no mention of any surcharge. Upon getting our bill, there was a $13 surcharge. When we questioned it, we were then told it was for the use of the pizzeria menu in addition to the Venetian Grille menu. Shame on them. We will never patron Venetian or Central Pizza again.

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5  Thank cflrating
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Reviewed April 24, 2012

We have eaten here several times but there are never more than a few patrons dining . We have used coupons each time so the cost is moderate and the food has never disappointed but there is something about sitting in a nearly empty restaurant that detracts from the enjoyment of an evening out. Too bad, we would go back more because the food has always been very good but the "dining experience" is lacking here.

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1  Thank shaynashayna
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