Review: Venice on Vine

So, in the past three months, I’ve been in 5 states and three countries, and had two mailing addresses: in other words, I’ve moved and traveled a LOT. Thus, not so many reviews because, to be honest, I’ve been eating out everywhere BUT Cincinnati, and when I have been home, I’ve been eating places I’ve already reviewed.

Not so good for a food blogger, right?

So, right before we went on Christmas vacation, Terry and I were hungry for lunch and exploring our new neighborhood. Okay, sure, our neighborhood just moved two blocks west, but we realized that, in the three years I’d lived in Over-the-Rhine, neither Terry nor I had eaten at Venice on Vine. As we had no groceries and were hungry for lunch before our evening flight, we walked there for a quick lunch.

Venice on Vine is a restaurant with a great story. They serve pizza and hoagies and a few other items– all of them nice for a quick lunch. They’re not extraordinary or gourmet. The people who work there, however, are pretty special.

Venice on Vine is basically a “teaching restaurant”. All of the employees are involved in on-the-job training provided by the nonprofit “Power Inspires Progress”, run by two Catholic nuns. The employees are all inner city residents who are trying to better themselves and provide for their families, and they work here to learn the ins and outs of restaurant life.

The prices are reasonable– $5.50 for a hoagy, $1.50 for a slice of pizza– and they also cater their pizzas and some other items (breakfast and baked goods, most notably) to local businesses. Their food is good quality, has a good price, and most importantly, they pay a living wage and train people to move up in life. Pretty neat.

It’s also pretty delicious. It’s not a place to go if you are in a hurry– the signs all say that food takes a bit longer since it’s prepared to order and people are learning how to do a job as they serve you– but if you have a bit of time to spare, it’s a great choice on Vine Street. It’s always nice to feel good about where your money goes when you eat, isn’t it?

Terry got a hoagy, with the cheese and mushroom sauce. It was crispy and hot, but he would probably order the pizza sauce next time.

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I had a piece of cheese pizza. The sauce was just spicy enough, with a good layer of cheese and a crispy crust. I probably could have eaten two slices, as I ended up nibbling a bit on Terry’s hoagie.

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Venice on Vine also offers salads, vegetarian and vegan entrees, and can provide whole pizzas. Their hours are limited– I understand why they might not be able to be open late– but it’s a great choice for lunch or dinner (before 8 PM).

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  • http://www.twitter.com/kitschqueen Susan

    I always wondered about that place. Good to see it’s still open and serving good food at reasonable prices
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  • http://5chw4r7z.com 5chw4r7z

    We’ve eaten there once or twice, its good in a pinch and the food doesn’t suck.
    .-= 5chw4r7z´s last blog ..I didn’t get nothing for my birthday, I got Nada =-.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      and it goes to a good cause, which boosts it slightly higher IMO. :)

  • http://getinmahbelly.blogspot.com liz

    hey julie i just wanted to let you know that your full posts are not showing up in google reader anymore. all i am getting is:

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    i’m super lazy and have really slow internet so i never read blogs that i can’t get in full in google reader. just wanted to let you know in case others are in a similar situation.
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    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      oooh thanks. Fixed!

  • http://www.powerinspiresprogress.com Rina Saperstein

    Thanks for the good review! We were happy to see it and happy to see you got a good meal. Venice has a facebook page, which gives you details on upcoming special events such as Venice Vibes live music series on 3rd Tuesdays at lunch, and Final Friday art openings…
    We also have a very wide catering menu that goes far beyond pizzas- we do a lot of bag lunches for organizational meetings, and hot casseroles and buffets for evening meetings and fundraisers. Its good food for a good cause home cooking. For our catering or restaurant menus, see our website at http://www.powerinspiresprogress.com.
    thanks and good eating!
    Rina and the Venice on Vine group.

    • http://winemedinemecincinnati.com julie

      Great! I had forgotten to mention that you featured local music– I noticed the CDs and the tabletop call for artists. Keep up the great work!

  • http://getinmahbelly.blogspot.com liz

    thanks for fixing the google reader feed! much better!

  • ZzZzZ

    I hate this place. The food is cold and the quality is terrible.

    • http://www.powerinspiresprogress.com Rina Saperstein

      I’m so sorry you had a bad experience. Hope we’ll make it up someday.