Pecoraro started The Venetian Restaurant in the 1920's
on Cape Cod, in the town of Yarmouth. As a small restaurant
serving dinner without a liquor license, Alphanso's
brother Gaeton (Tiny) Pecararo took over The Venetian
in 1929. He moved the restaurant off Cape Cod to North
1932, Tiny moved The Venetian again to 819 Broad Street,
Jackson Square, East Weymouth. With its growing reputation
as a family restaurant, Tiny decided to move The Venetian
down the road to 905 Broad Street, an area known as
Commercial Square (now known as Lower Jackson Square.
one of the first beer and wine licenses in Weymouth,
Tiny took on his brother James (Babe) Pecararo as
a business partner. In addition, their two nephews
John and Jim Pica joined The Venetian staff.
the war ended, The Venetian was able to get a full
liquor license. The nephews' interest in the restaurant
grew and Jim became head cook while John began managing
the business for Tiny.
1940, The Venetian moved one last time. Its current
location—next door at 909 Broad Street—was once a
harness shop. Each move allowed the restaurant to
grow its seating capacity and better seve its increasing
numbers of customers.
married Kay Kendall in 1939 and had two sons Jim and
Bill. In 1947, John married Mary Cavallo, a waitress
at the time, They had three children, John Jr., Ann
Marie, and Greg. In 1950 John bought the Venetian
from Tiny. Over the next few years, under new ownership,
the restaurant became well-known for its family atmosphere
and its traditional Italian dinners.
fire completely destroyed the restaurant in 1958.
When it was rebuilt the kitchen and dining area were
expanded, and a banquet hall was added upstairs. At
this time, John's wife Mary returned to work and became
head waitress. As John and Jim's four sons grew, they
also joined The Venetian staff. While Jim's sons,
Jim and Bill, later moved on to other interests, John's
sons continued to work at the restaurant. John Jr.
began to manage the restaurant with his father and
Greg became a cook.
The Venetian continued to thrive, John decided to
have the business incorporated. The share holders
were himself, Mary, and John Jr., and was called the
M&J Corporation. Buy this time John Jr. married Diane
Lamparelli and had three children, Tina, Tiffany,
and John III.
Sr. passed on in 1990 and John Jr. continues to run
the business with the help of his son John III.
Alphonso Pecoraro, 1920's
905 Broad Street, 1930's
Jackson Square, 1940's
John Pica Sr., 1950's