By: Natalya Jones Contributing Writer
The Ventura Family has a rich history of pizza in New Jersey, but their newest location has popped up in Florida’s Boca Raton.
The origin of Ventura’s Pizza Kitchen’s recipes can be credited to the Boca restaurant’s owner Gina Ventura’s family, whose parents are the current owners of Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate and Ventura’s Offshore Café in Northfield. Both locations are in New Jersey. They also started Ventura’s Pizzeria and The Hideout located in Mt. Laurel, NJ.
The Ventura family of six immigrated from Abruzzo, Italy to America in 1957. Among them were four boys and their parents. Gina’s father was one of the boys.
The Ventura brand is still excelling over 50 years later with the majority of recipes coming from his mother and father. The parents started Mama Ventura’s, a small restaurant located in Camden, NJ. Although the restaurant closed in 2013, the Ventura name lives on in the restaurant industry.
The family made their way to Boca Raton to open the newest location. Gina Ventura said their customers from up north visit the Boca and Delray area and now they have a familiar place to go.
“They love us up there and said we would do great down here,” she said her New Jersey customers told her.
Ventura’s Pizza Kitchen uses selected organic produce as well as non-GMO meats. As far as their pizza goes, the classic 16 inch cheese pizza is made with cheese on the bottom and sauce on top in the restaurant’s brick oven. Although it’s not gluten free per se, it is low in gluten, according to the restaurant.
However, there is the option of cauliflower crust for those who want no gluten whatsoever.
The restaurant may purchase cauliflower crust, but they make all the marinara themselves.
Other memorable menu items include garlic Parmesan chicken wings, Italian chicken wings, chicken Parmesan, meatballs, eggplant Parmesan and more.
Ventura’s Pizza Kitchen is located at 199 W. Palmetto Park Road Unit A in Boca Raton. Visit VenturasPizzaKitchen.com.