When I heard Venturi was going to be a part of Goshen Dining Days, I got a bit giddy. Full disclaimer time: As a Goshenite myself, I am a fan of the downtown pizzeria.
I’ve been to Venturi several times, always trying to taste something new there. But for Goshen Dining Days, it was about going back to some of the restaurant’s basic dishes, which I’ve got to admit I hadn’t tried before.
From Friday, April 17 to Saturday, April 25, Venturi is offering a $28 dinner for two that includes the greens and grana salad, a margherita pizza and a dessert, which can be panna cotta or tiramisu.
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I highly recommend you take someone with you if you’re getting that offer. Especially if you’re only 5 feet tall and not that great at eating large portions, like me.
When I arrived at Venturi close to 7 p.m., it was packed. But it’s not new for the pizzeria to be bustling with customers on a weekend night. That’s kind of the norm there.
The place is pretty small, so by the time I sat down at the bar I was fanning myself with a menu. I asked for a drink that would feel refreshing and got a Rhubarb Collins, which is a twist on the traditional Tom Collins with a splash of rhubarb syrup.
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The bartender Friday night, Jami Hawkins, is a passionate mixologist who is also working to open her own cocktail bar, Common Spirits, in downtown Goshen. Her Rhubarb Collins didn’t disappoint.
And neither did the appetizer. The greens and grana salad is just a mix of arugula, grana padano cheese, lemon and extra virgin olive oil, and yet it has a lot of flavor.
Let’s put it this way: I’m not a huge fan of arugula’s spicy flavor, but I ate the entire salad by myself because it was that good.
Then came the main course.
I hadn’t tried the margherita pizza before, and I was pleasantly surprised. The margherita just has fior di latte mozzarella, tomato sauce and fresh basil as toppings, but it’s packed with flavor. I can safely say it’s one of my favorites now.
For round three, I ordered the tiramisu.
I’m quite familiar with Venturi’s tiramisu, which is the thing I look forward to the most every time I go there to eat.
Tiramisu is an Italian dessert consisting of espresso-soaked lady fingers, mascarpone cheese and marsala, topped with dark chocolate shavings.
By the time I got to the dessert I had already gone through two courses by myself (though I did save half of my pizza for later). I was able to finish off my tiramisu because, let’s face it, I’m not into throwing away delicious coffee-and-wine-soaked lady fingers.
Feeling triumphant, I got off the bar seat and left the pizzeria beyond satisfied and ready for a nap.
Venturi is open from 4 to 7 p.m. Sunday, 5 to 10 p.m Tuesday through Saturday and for lunch 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday.