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Family pizzeria opened across from city hall

Gina DiVentura brought a brick oven and authentic family recipes when she opened her pizzeria across from city hall.

She’s the owner of her family’s first eatery outside of New Jersey. Just don’t ask her for the meatball recipe. It’s a secret. “One customer buys six a week,” she said.

Ventura’s Pizza Kitchen is in the northeast corner of the commercial plaza on Palmetto Park Road and Northwest Second Avenue.

Primarily a takeout, there’s a few tables inside and out. DiVentura gutted the place, so it’s inviting and conducive for a quick lunch or dinner.

They’re open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Ventura’s does business catering and Delivery Dudes and Doordash deliver locally.

This is Neapolitan-style pizza cooked quickly in a brick oven you can see behind the counter. So the dough is crispy. “Our pizza is upside down, with the cheese on the bottom,” she said.

Ventura’s advertises dough made fresh daily. The only exception is a cauliflower crust already popular with gluten-free customers, DiVentura said.

There’s always a traditional pie and a white vegetarian on hand for slices. A white board announces specials.

The menu touts their mussels, roasted chicken wings, entrees, wraps, salads, subs and 18 pizzas, 10- or 16-inch.

The back story is a family originally from Abruzzo, Italy. “One of them is my father, who created a brand that is still thriving over 50 years later. Many of the recipes came from his mother and father…” according to their family history.

Ventura’s Pizza Kitchen, 199 W. Palmetto Park Road, 561-609-2155.

By Marci Shatzman

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