Binghamton Restaurant Week is now in full swing through March 21st.  If there’s a local restaurant you’ve wanted to check out, but haven’t yet, this is the time to do it.

I’ve never been to Little Venice, so when I saw they were on the list of participating restaurants, I knew I had to go and I’m so glad I did.  Glenn and I went for lunch and didn’t leave disappointed.

Little Venice has been family owned and operated since 1946.  They started in a house on the corner of Court and Cherry Streets and eventually moved to their current location at 111 Chenango Street in Binghamton.  The building they’re in now was once occupied by Phil Chin’s Restaurant and the Binghamton Symphony Theater.

Little Venice is offering a 3 course meal for only $10 for lunch during Binghamton Restaurant Week.  I started with buschetta as my appetizer and then had eggplant parmesan as my main course and finished off my meal with the most delicious canola I’ve ever had.  Glenn started his meal with Italian Wedding soup and then had rigatoni with house made vodka sauce for his main course and finished off his meal with a strawberry cheese cake brownie.

My eggplant was cooked to perfection and the sauce had just the right amount of sweetness that equaled perfection.  Glenn let me have a taste of his rigatoni with house made vodka sauce (this is a new dish at Little Venice) and I was left wishing I could have had both.  I think a return trip is in order!

I grew up on Italian food.  When I was a kid growing up in Albany, my next door neighbors were full blooded Italian and Grandma, as we called her, let me sit in her kitchen for hours and watch her make authentic dishes.  When she passed away, several of her recipes were passed onto me and I treasure them to this day.  I moved back to New York a couple months ago after being away for almost 10 years and let me tell you, one of the things I missed most about New York was the phenomenal Italian food.  Little Venice didn’t disappoint.

Don’t forget that Binghamton Restaurant Week is going on through March 21st and this is an amazing chance to check out some locally owned restaurants and help out a good cause too as a portion of the proceeds benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton.

Check out some pics of our fun lunch yesterday: