Having started life as a humble pizzeria-takeaway, Ristorante Veneziano on Birmingham’s High Street in King’s Heath has firmly established itself as the home of authentic Italian food in the Midlands. The restaurant has gone to strength to strength under the guardianship of head chef Salvatore, while the kitchen demands the highest standards from its producers so the menu adapts to what is freshly available that day, and the wine list is a homage to the vineyards of the bel paese.
We at Quandoo love a good pizzeria – after all, pizza is in the canon of takeaway greats. Yet, what the team at Ristorante Veneziano have done in evolving their simple High Street pizza joint into one of the undisputed Italian classics in Birmingham’s King’s Heath means we’ll forgive the move away from a purely pizza-based model. The kitchen focuses on serving Italian classics like carpaccio di manzo, linguine marinara, involtini di pollo and, yes, pizze.
The pedigree of head chef Salvatore, a native of Italy’s Varese, is peerless. He spent seven years working his way through the ranks at Milan’s L’Novecento restaurant, before moving over to Paris’ Convivium as well as stints in Manchester’s San Carlos and London’s Lidia before setting at Birmingham’s Ristorante Veneziano. His experience, then, with Italian cooking, ingredients and techniques is unparalleled. The restaurant welcomes diners for dinner service Tuesday-Saturday from 5pm and for lunch or dinner from 12pm on Sunday. The dining room is small and intimate and fills up with King’s Heath’s High Street locals quickly; therefore a reservation is usually a good idea.
Had a lovely time at Ristorante Veneziano, very friendly and helpful staff, brilliant atmosphere and absolutely delicious food. Cannot recommend highly enough. One of the best Italian restaurants I have been to in the UK
The food was excellent well cooked and delicious. The service was great, they were happy to accommodate a slight change to one of the dishes
Been here quite a few times over the last 5 years - never disappoints. We have 5 star treatment on my sons birthday where we all 'treated to' by the owner. Food lovely, very good ambience :)
This is a really lovely restaurant, in the center of Kings Heath. The food was very good and owners and staff were all friendly and helpful. Would recommend!
We're a couple who enjoy good food and have eaten all round UK. We went on Christmas Eve and enjoyed good food (Venetian veal livers and chicken pasta) with really friendly, helpful serving staff. My partner stated it was best Italian meal she's had in a long time. Superb start to the holidays, thank you very much Ristorante Veneziano!
Had a wonderful meal at this restaurant last night. It is a little gem on Kings Heath high street, once inside youfeel like you could actually be in Italy. Couldn't ask for more from staff, we were served our delicious rose wine in chilled glasses and had a basket of fresh, warm bread and olives served whilst we perused the menu. The food we was served was freshly cooked, no pre cooked, reheated food here. And the fillet steak I ordered was exquisite, the most tender, melt in the mouth steak I have ever had. Would highly recommend. I will definitely be back.
We had a very good experiance dinning at Ristorante Veneziano. Food tastes great, the service was not perfect, the waiter was not familiar with the menu, obviously he was new guy, but still the most important for a waiter is to know the menu in details and to be able to give sugestions to the guests. Environment is nice and friendly. Deffinetely the owner needs to work more with his staff.
We had such a lovely meal at ristorante veneziano! The staff were so friendly, this is a real hidden gem! I've walked past the resturant a 1000 times on the high street, not realising caspian pizza (that used to be there) had closed and that this had opened. I'll be recommending it to everyone anyway so I would definitely recommend it to anyone considering going. The best calamari I've ever had, thank you for such a wonderful dining experience
Ristorante Veneziano is really very lovely. It is my all time favourite place to get Italian food. I would definitely recommend Ristorante Veneziano to a friend.
Very friendly and hard working staff. There was a large party upstairs on the night I went so I suspect service was slower than usual. Food was good, starters outstanding. I had salmon with prawns my son had scallops in a white sauce. I had fillet steak for main and I asked for medium to well done. It was more just touching medium so slightly under cooked for me. Fish dishes, pasta dishes and rissoto looked excellent. Will definitely be returning.