Andrew Hantzarides, Owner/Chef
Old Venice, a family-owned and operated restaurant featuring Greek and Italian food, has been in business in Manhattan Beach for more than 25 years.
1001 Manhattan Ave in Manhattan Beach | 310-376-0242 | oldveniceonline.com
Old Venice, a family-owned and operated restaurant featuring Greek and Italian food, has been in business in Manhattan Beach for more than 25 years. Owner/chef Andrew Hantzarides, who oversees a culinary team of eight, has been a resident of Redondo Beach his entire life. Andrew’s parents, Jimmy and Julie Hantzarides, first opened the doors of Old Venice for business in 1984, the year Chef Andrew was born. He started cooking at the restaurant “as soon as I was old enough to stretch out a pizza,” the chef says—at about age 2. The original restaurant was destroyed by fire in 2006, and despite the untimely death of Jimmy in 2008, the family rebuilt Old Venice in a manner that would honor his legacy. Jimmy was famous for his Greek hospitality, and he is Chef Andrew’s culinary role model.
What is your culinary specialty?
“Making pizzas—from the dough to the sauce to the construction of the pizza—as well as marinating and cooking on the grill.”
What’s most rewarding about your work?
“I love to see and hear the reactions of people after taking that first bite into something I made.”