Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo joined the owners and operators of Little Venice to announce that the restaurant has been placed on the NYS Historic Business Preservation Registry.

As part of the designation on the HBPR, the restaurant is featured on the programinteractive online map and will display an official registry certificate and window decal.

Having first opened in a converted house on Court Street in 1946, Little Venice has gone through multiple iterations over the years.

It wasn’t until 1969 that they found their place at 111 Chenango Street in Binghamton, where the restaurant has become a staple amongst the downtown dining options.

Today, Romeo and Bernadette Lisio and children Piero Lisio and Gina Minichino are the owners and operators of the restaurant.

Piero Lisio, Co-Owner of Little Venice Restaurant, said “We would like to thank Assemblywoman Lupardo for this great honor. We would also like to thank our loyal patrons for all their support. Being a part of the Binghamton small business community for 78 years is something we are truly proud of."

To become a part of the Registry, businesses in operation for at least 50 years must be nominated by a state-elected official.

The Registry is administered by the NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation.

Assemblywoman Donna Lupardo said, “I was thrilled to nominate Little Venice for this prestigious designation. As Binghamton’s oldest Italian eatery, this designation serves as a long overdue recognition of their sustained contribution to the community and impact on local culture and history. Being placed on the Historic Business Registry underscores how valuable the restaurant really is to our community.”

The family restaurant has been known for its original sweet tomato sauce, hot pies, and meat logs since the restaurant opened over 75 years ago.