Chris Ventura and his fiancée Wendy Loveless co-own and operate Il Posto Bistro, a family-run restaurant that stands as a testament to their shared culinary dream. With Chris at the helm of the kitchen as the chef and Wendy managing the front of the house, their partnership is the cornerstone of the bistro's inviting atmosphere. Their two elder daughters also play a vital role in the business, adding to the family-centric vibe of the establishment.
Il Posto Bistro, which Chris and Wendy purchased in June 2023 after it had been closed for about two years, has undergone a transformation under their stewardship. They have reimagined it as a classic Italian restaurant, featuring a menu that is fresh, scratch-made, and infused with local flavors.
The roots of Chris's culinary expertise trace back to his upbringing in an Italian household, where cooking was not just a skill but a way of life. He began his career in the restaurant industry at a young age, quickly progressing from a dishwasher to various roles such as prep cook, fry cook, and eventually kitchen manager. His journey through the culinary ranks is a product of self-taught skill, relentless research, and a deep-seated passion for food.
With over 30 years of combined experience in food service, Chris and Wendy, both natives of Fairport, are committed to bringing new and exciting menu items to the Canandaigua community. At Il Posto Bistro, the emphasis is on local sourcing, from ingredients to beers and wines, to baked goods, reflecting their dedication to supporting local businesses. This commitment not only enhances the quality of their offerings but also strengthens community ties, making Il Posto Bistro a true embodiment of local culinary spirit.