The Vitale family rises again, serving up old-school Italian fare in Little Canada.. The Scene For more than 50 years, the Venetian Inn was Little Canada's fancy joint, the place people went for anniversaries and simple, rich Italian-American cooking. In 2001, redevelopment spelled doom for the stately digs, but the Vitale family hung on. They've now opened Little Venetian--a bright, casual cafe in a new strip mall. A giant photo of the Vitales, circa 1950, proudly oversees the modest room where the old recipes are served up to a new generation.
The Food Compared to what you'll get at trendier places, the Vitale recipes are pure comfort food. Creamy, gooey heaps of fettuccini with a modest dash of garlic, simple meat lasagna, and spaghetti with meatballs (practically extinct in the local Italian food scene) make up this old-fashioned menu. Sicilian hoagies make a tasty lunch. Pizzas come with thin, chewy crusts and a nice choice of toppings--zesty pepperoncini and Genoa salami are a delicious combo.