About Us

Ventura’s Signature Restaurant is hosted by  Mr. Virgilio Ventura.  Mr. Ventura was born and raised in Portugal. He immigrated  to Canada with his family in August of 1987.  Ventura's opened its doors to a warm Hamilton reception in the winter of 1988. Virgilio wanted his restaurant to showcase the flavoursome food and culture of the Portuguese people.

Ventura's is like entering "Old Europe", with hand-crafted wood decor.  Their menu is diverse offering  modern adaptations of old-world Portuguese home cooking.  The atmosphere is charming and graceful. An evening at Ventura's will please all the senses. Music, local art, and the international flavours of Portuguese all come together to create a dining experience unlike any other restaurant in Hamilton. Ventura's Restaurant offers the finest in Portuguese dining in Hamilton.

To understand Portuguese cuisine, it is important to know the history of Portugal and her former colonies. During the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal was the world’s dominant sea faring and colonizing power. Portuguese fleets traveled the world, establishing trade routes and colonies from the Atlantic islands to Africa and the Far East. Each new discovery added to and changed the character of Portuguese food, and today the cuisine of Portugal evokes a voyage around the world, with such items as rice from the East, hot peppers from Africa, rich spices from India, potatoes and tomatoes from the New World, and cod from Newfoundland.   

Portuguese cuisine is characterized by rich, filling and full-flavored dishes and is a prime example of Mediterranean diet. The influence of Portugal's former colonial possessions is clear, especially in the wide variety of spices used. These include piri piri—small, fiery chilli peppers, as well as cinnamon, vanilla and saffron. There are also Arab and Moorish influences, especially in the south of the country. Olive oil is one of the bases of Portuguese cuisine both for cooking and flavoring meals. Garlic is widely used, as are herbs such as coriander and parsley. From the savory stews of Brazil to the fresh and diverse seafood of the Atlantic coast, Portuguese food is a truly global experience.
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