Dining Guide: A Touch of Venice Restaurant

BARBARAELLEN KOCH PHOTO | Owners Barbara and husband Ettore Pinnaccias (from left), and brothers chef Brian and Mike Pinnaccias (front of the house).

Owner(s): Ettore, Barbara and Brian Pennacchia
Year established: 1989
Location: 28350 Main Road, Cutchogue
Phone: 298-5851
Attire: Casual/neat
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Hours: Open for lunch and dinner seven days.
Website: TouchofVenice.com

For 22 years, A Touch of Venice overlooked the water on Wickham Lane in Mattituck, but beginning this month, diners will enjoy a new view in the family owned and operated restaurant.

“We are excited to announce the opening of our restaurant in our new location in the heart of charming Cutchogue Village,” said Ettore Pennacchia, who runs the restaurant with his son, Brian. “We’ve completed major renovations and we think our customers will be surprised to see the changes.”

Ettore and Brian have transformed the former Fisherman’s Rest on Main Road into a classic Italian trattoria, with warm-hued walls, cozy booth seats, a glass-enclosed wine room, restored wood flooring and additional windows. The result is an authentic “dining in Italy” atmosphere.

“Our loyal customers can expect to find all of their favorites on the menu, and the wine list still includes a great selection of North Fork and Italian wines,” said Ettore. The menu remains mostly Italian, with local seafood, seasonal items and fresh local vegetables and fruit. Ettore calls it a “value dining” experience. “We give good-sized portions for the money,” said Brian. The only part of the menu that has really changed, they said, is the expanded bar menu to accommodate the 20-seat bar.

“We have added a bar menu of small plates and will have a fine selection of draft beers,” said Ettore. “Our lunch menu is coming soon, and we are also offering a $22 three-course Early Dinner Special, and a Sunday Family Style Special. And look for our Happy Hour drink specials.”

Two side rooms, which can be joined into one, are available to accommodate special events and private parties.

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