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30th anniversary special(s) at Venice

The Venice Restaurant, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary in June, has made some menu changes.

All of its signature veal dishes (piccata, scallopini, Parmesan and saltimbocca) can also be prepared with chicken. Prices are $10.95 to $15.95.

From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the restaurant, 2242 Goshen Road, choose from several $5 entrées: spaghetti with meat sauce, fettuccine Alfredo, cheeseburger and fries, a half-grinder and fries, or a 9-inch, one-topping pizza.

The pizza buffet Wednesdays has added pasta dishes to the mix. The buffet is $6.50 for lunch and $6.95 for dinner.

And there is a free children’s menu for ages 5 and younger (but it’s not available on Friday or Saturday nights). It features a hot dog with macaroni and cheese, burger with fries, or spaghetti with meat sauce.

I’ll have more details about the Venice’s weeklong anniversary specials in a future column.

Pizza, salads downtown

If you’ve been craving couscous with your pizza, you can get both at Downtown Pizza & Ice Cream, 534 W. Berry St.

The pizzeria has added several salads to the menu, including a curried couscous, Greek, iceberg wedge, Hawaiian chicken and tuna salad with olives and artichokes. Prices are $5.99 to $7.99.

Starting Tuesday, summer hours will be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, 11 a.m. to midnight Fridays, 2 p.m. to midnight Saturdays and 2 to 10 p.m. Sundays.

To order, call 424-2030.

Fundraiser helps kids at play

Help young Taylor Reuille make her dream come true.

Stop in from 6 to 9 p.m. today at Buffalo Wild Wings, 10524 Maysville Road, when 10 percent of food sales will be donated to Taylor’s Dream for the Boundless Playground Project at Kreager Park.

Taylor is trying to raise the last $200,000 for this $1.3 million project, which is expected to be ready for use next summer.

When it’s completed, the Boundless Playground – designed to accommodate children with disabilities – will have three pods of playground equipment and activity areas, a splash pad, accessible ramps and walkways, a picnic area, restrooms and parking. For information, see

Italian Grille serves up specials

The Italian Grille in Auburn is now open for dinner on Mondays; appetizers are half-price that day.

On Saturdays and Sundays, order two dinners for $22, which includes a side and soup or salad. This special is available starting at 4 p.m.

Hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Mondays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, 4 to 11 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays.

The restaurant, 227 N. Duesenberg Drive, also has a catering menu. For reservations, call 260-925-9400.

Chappell’s makes move Saturday

As reported in April, Chappell’s Coral Grill is moving to Covington Plaza.

The original restaurant at 2723 Broadway will close its doors Saturday night and will be remodeled as a banquet facility. The new location, in the former Opus 24 spot, is expected to open the first week of July, owner Gary Chappell says.

Meanwhile, Chappell’s Steaks & Seafood, 5820 Coldwater Road, is still open.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears every Wednesday. Fax news items to 461-8893, e-mail or call 461-8313.