The Boulevard des Italiens, formerly called “Boulevard Cerutti” was the meeting place of the Italian and French high society settled in Paris, in the 19th century. The boulevard owes its name to the Théâtre des Italiens, a world-famous venue at the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. Many artists, musicians, journalists and famous people of that time used to meet there. The last Italian-named parisian bistro, heir to that period, paid homage to its most loyal customers’ city of origin.

In 1960, Jean Paul’s grandparents, the current owner, who had just arrived from Auvergne, decided – like many natives of their region – to take over a business in Paris. They chose Le Vénitien and transformed the place inspired by the italian and auvergne tradition : the place became more welcoming, brighter and with good food. Jean Paul continued the adventure with his wife and added some of his favourite desserts to the menu. With his grandson, Maxime, they still are involved in the restaurant which has been passed down from father to son for 4 generations and decided to entrust the management to Julien.

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