The story of Jimmy’s Kouzina started when Chef Jimmy moved to California from New York with the intention of starting a restaurant where he could showcase his skill as a master Pizzaiolo as well as combine his love for his native Greek cuisine. He met Julie, they got married and two years later opened Old Venice along with a six month old baby Andrew. The family grew with the addition of Natalie and this close knit family of four enjoyed praying, living, and playing together just as much as working together. Andrew worked alongside his father for years, learning the art of pizza making and everything associated with running a professional kitchen. He even made his first pizza at the age of two. Natalie worked alongside her mother learning the daily operations of the front of the house. As fate would have it, the original restaurant and the building that housed it, were completely destroyed by a massive fire in 2006. The family vowed to rebuild and struggled to make ends meet until they could return to the business they loved. During the reconstruction of the building, fate once more intervened. Jimmy was tragically hit by a car while riding his bicycle on Manhattan Beach Blvd. and did not survive his injuries. He enterned into eternal life on the 4th of July, 2008. Andrew, Natalie and Julie decided to honor his memory by continuing with all plans and rebuilt the restaurant that you now see exactly as Jimmy had hoped. Andrew became the new Executive Chef as he inherited his father’s innate talent and passion for cooking. Natalie became in charge of all front of the house operations as she inherited her father’s warm heart, big smile, and spirit of hospitality. Together the family created an atmosphere where his spirit can live on and his memory will be eternal. Fast forward to 2018 and the family decided to change the name of the restaurant to honor Jimmy’s memory. Please accept the Greek hospitality that Jimmy was so famous for and enjoy your time here. A family’s love for good food, good value, and good people, are here to serve you!
In loving memory of
August 10, 1953 - July 4, 2008
Although the Lord has called my husband and our Daddy home, he will live in our hearts and in our minds for all eternity. We know he is smiling down on us and that his spirit will live on in Old Venice forever. Thank you all for your support and for helping us to celebrate Jimmy's legacy!
May the peace and love of our Lord be with each of you,
Julie, Andrew and Natalie