In the tradition of Naples Italy:
Jimmy & Liz Venero’s grandparents immigrated to NY from the Naples area of Italy in the 1920’s. They brought with them recipes that have been passed down for generations. They also instilled in them the art of using only the freshest, finest ingredients to prepare the best in Italian food.
Jimmy’s grandmother, Carmela owned an Italian restaurant in Manhattan in the 40’s called Zia Carmela’s.
In 1971, at the age of 15, Jimmy started working at the local pizzeria in Farmingdale NY. Five years later, he became the owner. Over the years he has owned and worked at several pizzerias in Long Island.
1983, Jimmy and Liz married and soon after the Pizza trailer was born!
Moving to Clayton in 1995, they opened Jimmy’s Pizza time and the concession at the NC Fairgrounds Flea Market.
Venero’s Pizzeria & Catering opened in 1999 ;and has been a staple of Johnston County for pizza and Italian cuisine.
Jimmy and Liz know that every successful restaurant is built upon a strong and skilled team. Jose,our head chef and Josefina, our manager have been with us since we opened. We have had the pleasure of Italian chefs work here before they retired and have shared their recipes as well.
We would like to thank our loyal customers from years gone to the present and watching their children grow to adults.
We would especially like to thank our children, Lisa Marie, Anthony and Gianna who have literally grown up in the restaurant and worked here from an early age.
In February of 2019, we opened our Smithfield location and now proudly serve residents and guests of that area of North Carolina
About our food:
Venero’s cuisine is based the the simple use of the freshest, high quality ingredients for each recipe. Locally sourced produce and meats are used, as are items that are imported from Italy.
Venero’s prides themselves for being a truly scratch kitchen, from pizza dough, breads, soups, sauces and entrees, to the toppings on the pizzas to desserts are truly made in house. Even though it can be labor intensive to do so, cutting corners is not the old school way to prepare food.
Come visit us and see for yourself