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DeFina's Italian Restaurant

1965 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293-5005
+1 941-445-4755
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good18%
  • Average7%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
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Italian, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
1965 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293-5005
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Reviewed 6 days ago

Valentine's Day we were able to get in at the last minute, same great food, waiters and bussers were all friendly, smiling, professional.

Thank Marti R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Manicotti, Rigatoni, Lemon Chicken and Spaghetti with Meatballs. All taste homemade. High end wines too.

Thank vermillion2000
Reviewed 21 December 2017

Decorated for the Christmas season and very festive. Overall upscale table settings however, bar service is limited to a nice beer and wine selection

1  Thank Bill S
Reviewed 17 December 2017

Just a great place run by REALLY nice folks ( Pam and Bob ). I hosted a dinner party for 18, my wife's 65th birthday, and EVERYONE enjoyed their meal. Most said they had driven by the place a hundred times and never stopped but...More

2  Thank morgan s
Reviewed 3 December 2017

No change except new name. Actual name of current proprietors. Nice selection of Italian fare at fai5r prices. Setting is romantic and service quite good. A great go-to place for quality and value.

Thank resident344
Reviewed 21 November 2017

Five years ago I wrote a review about this restaurant and was very impressed with the quality of the food and excellence of the staff. After this length of time, Defina's (Lucerelli's) is really like a fine bottle of wine, and it just keeps getting...More

4  Thank Gary4200
Reviewed 28 October 2017

DeFina's has been renamed Lucarelli's but it is still Pam & Bob and the place is still the same. Called Bob to request a special order and of course they go and get it. Two more hard working folks you just can't find, and they...More

1  Thank smcnally
Reviewed 15 August 2017

A friend recommended DeFina's (soon to be called Lucarelli's) and we are so glad that we took her suggestion. The food is delicious, the decor amazing and the service fabulous. The wait staff, hostess and owner make you feel like you're their only customer! The...More

Thank Peggy N
Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best restaurants in Venice hands down my family and I try and get in at least two or three times a year to have a really great meal to look at it from the outside you wouldn't think much of...More

1  Thank W W
Reviewed 4 August 2017 via mobile

Menu of specials, $30,$50 or $70, dinner for two, plus a carafe of wine. My wife treated us, my birthday, I ordered the Soup, Angel Hair, bolognese, wife pasta with meatballs, her cousin had the Ravioli and his wife pasta with meatballs. Nice Chianti to...More

Thank golf076
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Linda G
21 March 2017|
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Response from Kevin Y | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Linda G. but I cannot recall if they do or do not!! If they do you will love it there!!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$40
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1965 Tamiami Trl S, Venice, FL 34293-5005
  • Location: United States  >  Florida (FL)  >  Southwest Gulf Coast  >  Venice
  • Phone Number: +1 941-445-4755
  • E-mail
Serving up the best Italian, Seafood and Steaks in Venice, FL! With a relaxed dining atmosphere, Lucarelli's provides an eclectic experience with authentic Italian food made from recipes passed down from generation to generation. We also offer fresh local seafood and succulent steaks. We fill up quick! Be sure to call ahead or setup a reservation on our website! We're looking forward to seeing you!
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