Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta

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112 reviews
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$30 and under
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Italian
Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta is Rochester's Original Wood Fired Pizza located in the heart of the historic East End! Come enjoy our rustic charm and open kitchen. Featuring Appetizers, Salads, Wood Fired Pizza, Pasta, Chicken Dishes, CAB Steak and Nightly Specials including homemade Desserts.

Proudly serving a large selection of moderately priced Italian Wines in addition to favorites from the Finger Lakes and California. Many beer choices as well including Peroni on tap.

Special Offers

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 4:30-6:00 HAPPY HOUR

$4.00 Tap Beers: Peroni & a Seasonal Selection
$6.00/glass Wines: Pinot Grigio & Palladio Chianti
$2.00 OFF ALL PIZZAS

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: 16 September 2019

Ends: 17 September 2118

Availability: Mon-Thu 16:00-18:00

What 112 People Are Saying
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New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is just a terrific place to have dinner before a play or movie. Their wood fired pizza is great, and their salads are delicious. My husband and I split a pizza, salad and bottle of wine. It was perfect. Service was super-fast and everything was reasonably priced, including the wine. We’ll definitely be back!

OT
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was good, not great. Food was decent, nothing extraordinary but would go again.

OT
Charlotte
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great! Found this place on Yelp since I’m visiting friends for a wedding in Rochester. The food was delicious, well priced as the service was amazing. Would totally come back again! The veggie burreta pizza was wonderful with the recommendation of it being crispy.

N
Cincinnati
17 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veneto never disappoints. Our server Nate was great! He doesn’t rush you but is still very attentive. The food was amazing. We both got pasta dishes and they were perfectly cooked. We’ll be back for sure.

DW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 4 October 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was very good, server James was excellent.

MM
1 review
Dined on 3 October 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was our second visit, we had excellent service and excellent food. We will go back and spread the word!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good wine and food at a good price for a date night with my husband.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for making Veneto your date night spot!

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JW
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 18 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent server, Ryan. Food and wine were delicious! A very nice experience. We will be back.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta and enjoying our food and wine!

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JF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We have been to Veneto several times and overall the meals have been good.
The service was good as usual. This time the food was adequate only. The amount of prosciutto in the pasta with peas was negligible (and I am being kind) which made it for a for a “pedestrian” dish. The bay scallops in my companion’s pasta was disappointing as well, but real scallops would have made a mush better dish. Otherwise, the dish was good! All and all, we have had better experiences at this venue!

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

I am sorry that the food was not up to our usual standards that evening. We will be discussing this with the Chefs and making changes to the dishes accordingly (we are making some minor changes to roll out our Winter Menu in a few weeks).

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j
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is really delicious. I especially love the Arancini which changes nightly. Decent selection of Italian wines. Even a nice rose. It can be a little noisy but the food and ambiance make it worth it.

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto and enjoying our food & wine! Sorry, it does get a little noisy at busy times on the weekends.

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MD
Toronto
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good menu, good service and great spot. We have visited Rochester 3 times and each time we eat at Veneto. Our kids love their pizza and pasta.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for making Veneto your Rochester restaurant of choice! The staff appreciates your patronage. Look forward to see you on your next visit to Rochester. Ciao!

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J
Toronto
5 reviews
Dined on 14 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

consistently excellent as always. Same great Waiter (James)

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta!

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c
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, Great atmosphere, wonderful feel! Definitely a place to come back to!

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta! Look forward to seeing you again!

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LW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best meal ever - especially if you like mushrooms and risotto!! Delicious and great service from Christine. Definitely we will be back!

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta! For mushroom lovers, I would suggest the owner's favorite pizza that has mushrooms and truffle oil. Look forward to seeing you again!

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JD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We were 3 couples on a Friday night. Have enjoyed lunch at Veneto for years. Never had dinner. The fact I could book on Open Table was why we picked Veneto. Very nice atmosphere. Had a high top table for 6 in the back. Noise not a problem. Good service. Only glitch was she forgot to serve the salad to one couple. Served it and didn’t charge us. Very nice. Had a good time.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta! Glad the server could make the "glitch" acceptable. LOL - the owner actually likes to eat salad at the end of his meal so hopefully the couple that got the salads late were still able to enjoy them!

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R
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great service and food is very good nice wine list fair prices. High tops are great because the chairs have back on them. Bread was a little hard and flavorless for my liking. Most certainly will go back !!

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thank you for your patronage. The bread has been a struggle for us . . . some like, some don't ... too crispy, too soft ... are servers cutting too much too early in the evening?, etc - - we do try to tweek & make changes with it (it comes from a local bakery).

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CD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Good food & service. Nice view of the activity on East Ave. Good size bar if you choose. Easy open table reservations.

SO
1 review
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of my favorite places to eat in Rochester. Fantastic selection, consistent quality, and amazing specials. Make sure to save room for dessert.

A
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food and great service!
That’s why we dine here frequently!

OT
1 review
Dined on 4 August 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Steak was a little over done and fatty. Vegetables were tired and squash was wet and lifeless. Asparagus was meh. Did make a bernaise sauce on request, but not really a bearnaise sauce :/

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Responded on 3 October 2019

Sorry the chefs tried to make a sauce that we don't have and it wasn't to your standards. The steak we order is CAB, I will inquire if there have been other complaints with the meat being too fatty as there are none I'm aware of.

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DP
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I always look forward to our weekly dinners at Veneto. Food and service are always excellent.

DV
1 review
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Didn't even know this spot existed! Delicious wood fired pizza! Can't wait to return and try more awesome Italian dishes on the menu.

s
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Missed some of our favorite dishes, like the sauteed shrimp pasta.

RS
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on 28 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great location to share with friends!
Wait staff was superb!
Pizzas, delicious!
Will eat here again and again!

C
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 26 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This was our 4th dinner at Veneto and as always the service and food were amazing. Nate, our server, was very knowledgeable about all items on the menu and made some great suggestions. Our party of 6 really enjoyed the experience. We will continue to stop in at Veneto on our way to the theater!

TF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always enjoy Veneto. It's a favorite - a place where I go often with my partner and with visitors from out of town. The menu is fantastic. It can get a little loud, but I guess that's what comes with a crowded popular place and people enjoying themselves!

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Responded on 21 July 2019

Thanks for your continued patronage! Look forward to seeing you and your guests in the future.

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d
Washington DC
88 reviews
Dined on 16 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Visited while on a family vacation, with 7 of us, three children. Wonderful menu options for the different pizzas - and other Italian entrees. Our server was terrific! She was friendly, kind to the kids, attentive. Portions are quite generous! Good wine choices. The location was an easy walk from the Hyatt Regency in downtown Rochester. Prices were quite reasonable.

I would go back!

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 3 October 2019

Thanks for dining at Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta while on your family vacation! Hope to see you again the next time you are in Rochester.

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t
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 14 July 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Four different entrees, done to perfection. Outstanding wine list. Fresh strawberry shortcake. The biscuits were still warm.

CP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

It was far too noisy. So noisy, in fact, that we left as soon as we could finish our food and decided to go elsewhere for an after-dinner drink and desert. As we left, we noticed that the busy street outside the restaurant, did not have as much objectionable noise as inside the restaurant.

Your survey question re: noise level is flawed because it uses a positive term, "energetic" instead of "too much noise" to describe an overly loud environment.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 21 July 2019

I'm sorry it was noisy. Unfortunately on the weekends, when we are full, it tends to be very loud in the restaurant. We are trying to explore additional ways to absorb the sound but it is difficult with an old building with wood floors! For guests who enjoy a quieter environment, I would suggest giving us a try for an early dinner, around the time we open.

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BH
1 review
Dined on 12 July 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was slow and non-attentive. Water was never refilled and long wait for food while there were plenty of open tables. Food was a bit pricey considering the serving size.

Veneto Wood Fired Pizza & Pasta
Responded on 21 July 2019

I would inquire as to what you ordered that you considered a small serving as we generally do not receive complaints about the portion sizes. In fact, we go through many to-go boxes as guests take food home with them.

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R
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Food was good all around I tasted my friends pizza which had red sauce ...sauce was way to sweet beware if you don’t like sweet red sauce. My pollo pizza was excellent greens and beans
were delicious i tasted my friends chicken parm,it was ok he liked it tho. All in all i would certainly go back. Please stop putting to much sugar in the red sauce :)

J
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Veneto is ALWAYS a good bet for delicious food and excellent service at a fair price! The Grilled Prosciutto Wraps are one of my all-time favorite appetizers. Love their pizza and entrees too.

DM
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From start to finish this was a wonderful experience. Service was welcoming, food was delicious, and the drinks were fantastic.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service and food was excellent, make sure to get a cannoli

MB
14 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The service was good and the food was just ok. I am gluten free, so finding a pizza restaurant that has gluten free options is exciting. The downside was they do not make their own GF crust, which is kind of lame. Also, you have to pay extra for the GF crust, which would be fine if it was the same size (2” smaller) and quality. Probably won’t go back, Napa Wood Fired Pizza does it way better and they make their own crust from scratch!! Step it up Veneto!!

s
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 28 June 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 3

The place is nice .The service was very good . The food this night for me was below average. I ordered
the greens and beans and asked if I could have it for a dinner over pasta,she said yes and do you want sausage with it. I said yes.There was hardly and greens and beans in it and the sausage were like crumbs and it was sitting a bowl of liquid. The worst part was when I saw the bill the next day $11 greens and beans,$2 for the sausage and $9 for the pasta. everyone else said there meals were good.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here during the Rochester jazz festival. Had Arancini and margarita pizza both were excellent!

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nate was our server and he was wonderful. We tried two of the specials and they were terrific. We are repeat customers and love it here.

C
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 25 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best little restaurant around. Always a favorite if we are in the city. Never a bad choice.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 June 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Hadn’t eaten here in years. Food was excellent, reasonable portion size for the price and server Alex was the best!! Will definitely go back.

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