Italian Restaurant & Banquet Hall
A place to gather with friends and family…
“Money comes and goes,” Vittorio Venuti has always told his children, “You become rich on your reputation.” A testament to his philosophy is the grand banquet hall and Italian restaurant facility bearing the family name in Addison Illinois.. The opulent structure, evoking classic Roman architecture and decorated with Italian marble and mosaics, is a crowning achievement of 42 years of work and dedication in the dinning industry.
The lobby of Vittorio’s palazzo features a soaring 30 foot ceiling and twin, curving staircases with gold railings that embrace a fountain and make for a perfect photo backdrop. As you make your way through the expansive facility, you discover a wedding chapel and reception room; three private bridal rooms; our Italian restaurant; our Vlounge; two verandas; and a banquet area with five bars and party style seating for 750 and theater style seating for 1,000.
About six years ago, Venuti knew he wanted to expand, so he purchased a tract of vacant land that would allow him to dream – and build – big. “Here is where I want to be,” he told his family.
After 1-1/2 years of design work and three years to get the required permits and build the facility, Venuti’s hosted its first wedding April 8, 2006; Venuti’s Italian Restaurant and the adjoining V Lounge opened July 5, that same year. The banquet rooms are named Venezia, Verona, Volare and Vita. (The Venutis link the letter “V.”)
A Brief History of Venuti’s
Venuti grew up in Abruzzo, and came to Chicago in 1958 where he worked in steel mills and cleaned theaters. A year later, he brought his fiancee to the United States to get married. He and his wife, Alba, made their home in Chicago, and in 1960 Venuti worked at a diner and then at the city’s legendary Gino’s East.
He went into business for himself in 1965 when he opened his own restaurant on St. Charles Road in Villa Park, later moving it to North Avenue.
Now in his 70’s, Venuti was in Italy recently to purchase two pasta machines with 20 dies to enable Venuti’s to serve more cuts of pasta. Mrs. Venuti is not as busy in the family business as in the past, but she continues, with her husband, to make Mama V’s limoncello. Their private label is sold and served at Venuti’s.
Day-to-day responsibilities are now shared by Venuti’s three children: Frank, Alex and Maria. The senior Venuti is still the backbone of the family business, according to Frank. “He has the vision and perseverance. This is all his vision.”
Throughout his career, his dad has been generous, Frank says, “He will often give food away to those in need. His belief is not to squeeze people. If you can help a person, he says, help. He’s always working, always thinking about the business. He is a hero to all of us.”