James
James, "Jimmy" Hantzarides, was born on August 10, 1953 in Kozani, Greece. His family immigrated to America on December 22, 1964 and settled in Tarrytown, New York where he grew up and graduated from Sleepy Hollow High School in 1971. He owned Congers Pizza in Congers, New York but sold it to move west. In 1979 Jimmy packed up his corvette and drove to California where he first settled in Pasadena. Julie and Jimmy met in Pasadena in July 1981 and were married one year later on September 18, 1982. They moved to Redondo Beach where they have lived ever since. This union brought them Andrew, born in 1984 and Natalie, born in 1986. It was Jimmy's dream to own a restaurant in California and in 1984 Jimmy and Julie opened Old Venice in Downtown Manhattan Beach. Jimmy brought his passion for cooking, his love of people and his innate sense of hospitality to the business. In 1995 Jimmy and Julie opened Cosmos Pizza in Belmont Shore but sold the business in 2000. Old Venice was destroyed by a fire in November of 2006 but the family has vowed to bring it back and carry on Jimmy's legacy. Jimmy's family was the most important part of his life and there wasn't anything he wouldn't do for them. The children were literally raised in the restaurant business and the family of four worked together in Old Venice. They also enjoyed vacationing together, visiting Palm Springs, Las Vegas, Florida, Hawaii, New York, and Greece frequently. Jimmy enjoyed gardening and grew his own summer tomatoes, cucumbers, parsley, cilantro, basil, string beans, and peppers, every year. It was a passion he learned from his father and has passed it down to his son. He also enjoyed sunbathing at the beach, going to Disneyland, weight lifting, playing golf, and detailing his cars. Jimmy was a sports fan and rooted for the home teams, the Lakers, the Kings, the Dodgers, and the Angels. Jimmy is survived by his wife Julie, son Andrew, daughter Natalie, brother Mathew of New York and mother Sophia also of New York. Jimmy is preceded in death by his father Andy who passed away in 2006. Please use this website to leave a message for the family, and to share memories.

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  1. I was very sorry to hear of your loss. My sister Lynn Karafantis told me. I knew Jimmy in Pasadena Ca. I liked him very much he was a very good person. Again I am so sorry . Rocky Portanova

  2. Please accept our wineries sympathies for the loss of Jimmy. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time. It was always a pleasure to spend time together as recent as the last wine tasting- We’ll miss you but you will always be in our thoughts. Bruce Smitham J. Lohr Winery

  3. Julie, Natalie & Andrew, We first met Jimmy when we lived near Moon’s Market,and he worked at a Pizza Parlor. Richie and Jimmy shared stories of New York and we use to have lots of laughs. We then followed him to Old Venice, which became our favorite place in town to eat. All of you treated us like family. Jimmy even got champagne in the restaurant because that is what I love to drink. He would even make extra large pizza’s for us as we “just couldn’t get enough of it”. We were out of town when this tragic accident happened, and missed the memorial, but Jimmy will always remain in our hearts and we will never forget him. We will truly miss him and his perfect smile. We are so glad you will be opening up Old Venice so that you can keep Jimmy’s wonderful spirit alive. We will be there on opening night and we know that Jimmy will be looking down on all of you with so much pride. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. May God Bless all of you. Richard, Kathleen and Jessica Gallo

  4. Dear Julie, Natalie & Andrew, Buddy and I were saddened to hear about Jimmy. What an absolutely terrific person. His spirit will certainly live on in all of you. We look forward to seeing you at Old Venice very soon. We’re thinking of you. Warmest, Jacque + Buddy

  5. Dear Hantzarides family, our condolences on your terrible loss. Jimmy was a bright light our life. We were regulars at Old Venice, and loved Jimmy and everyone who worked there. Our lives were enriched by Jimmy’s kind, generous spirit and his amazing Italian and Greek food and wines featured at Old Venice. One special night he stopped by our table and shared his immigrant story with us and we told him ours. He will be sorely missed.

  6. Julie, I don’t know if you remember us…it’s been a long time since we left M Bch to move to Sta Barbara (1996) and then here to Tn 12 ys ago, but we were the ‘crazy crowd’ that came in all the time w/ the Carpenters, Wolf’s, Nissans, Smiths, etc. when you first opened the restaur. Those were the days when Howie Long used to join us and we’d have a great time! Fortunately, we got to see Jimmy just before the fire and got to ‘catch up’!! I can’t tell you how sorry we are that his life was taken so suddenly. I am hopeful that all of his obvious preparations for the re-opening will help you and your children get thru this tragedy. We will keep in touch and hopefully be able to attend the opening. God be with you and the whole family.

  7. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Hantzarides family. We love them and know that Jimmy is watching over all of us now. I will always remember his smile and giving heart. Love, The Morrow Family Everett, Juanita, Brittany, Eddy, Jon, Jacob, and Josh.

  8. Thoughts & Prayers are with you all: Julie, Andrew, Natalie. Old Venice opens and Jimmy’s presents will surely be remembered. He is truly missed. Respectfully Jim Moss

  9. Dear Julie and Family, My heart goes out to all of you and your families. Jimmey and all of you always made us feel so at home in your wonderful restaurant. It will not be the same without him smiling from the kitchen, but all the wonderful memories will be there. I am so sorry you all have had to endure so much these past few years. My loving prayers and memories go out to each of you. You have such a sweet family and I think of all the fun memories of Sascha and Andrew growing up. Please let me know if we can help with anything. Sincerely, Suzi Wohn & Family

  10. Julie, Andrew & Natalie: we share in your loss and our hearts go out to you. We look forward to celebrating Jimmy when Old Venice re-opens. Warmly, Charlie Bean & Ron Miranda BACCHUS Wine Made Simple

  11. Dearest Julie, Andrew, and Natalie, Please know our hearts and prayers are with you all as you mourn the loss of your husband and father, and celebrate his wonderful life. All of you treated us with such kindness throughout the years at Old Venice, you treated us like family…our kids grew up there eating that famous pizza, while I loved “Jimmy’s Special”. With love, prayers, and blessings, Robin, Brent, Max, Chaz

  12. Such a huge loss. I have prayed daily for your family. Please know that I will be here for you every step of the way in re-openning Old Venice. With Love, Kim

  13. This is a big loss for our community. Jimmy will be deeply missed. I was very saddened when the fire destroyed Old Venice and now even more so at losing someone that our entire community loved and respected. As a Planning Commissioner, I was thrilled some time ago when we approved the plans for the new building. It is great that the Hantzarides famliy will go forward with the new Old Venice, which will be a lasting tribute to Jimmy. We will always remember Jimmy!

  14. Dear Andrew and family, We are all so deeply sadden by the loss of your father. All our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Please extend our condolences to your mother and Natalie. We are here for you if you ever need anything. Sincerely, Kaitlin Rafferty & Family

  15. What a wonderful man we have lost. We will miss him so much as will all of Manhattan Beach. I hope the good Lord will request a garlic pizza. Our best to Julie and family. We love you. Ann and Ron Bruckner and family.

  16. Dear Julie, Andrew and Natalie, We are so sorry for your loss. Our family has always considered going to Old Venice as a true Family affair. We always looked forward to seeing you and that goofy smile of Jimmys. After the fire I got to get to know Jimmy even better – going to the boat show- going to lunch. Goofing on the phone. His dropping in at our house with his special greek drink. And his love of cooking. He will always be “Jimmy the Greek” to me. I was lucky to have learned so much about him, you and the kids and about Terry town, his days driving out here and ending in Las Vegas. His love of cars and detailing them. And especially his love of all of you. He was in my office one day and Natalie called him and I could tell how much it meant for him to have such closenesss with his family. He also bragged about his mothers cooking of pastries and he brought some to our house over the holidays. We all need a “Jimmy the Greek” in our lives. I will miss my “Jimmy the Greek” very much!!!!

  17. Julie, Andrew, and Natalie, Our hearts are broken. What a special man and a fun loving guy! Always greeting us with a ready smile. Asking about our kids or how each family member was doing. How grown up the kids are getting and how old wer’re getting!! I remember well when you and Jimmy first started the business. We had Zeppy’s and would come with Brieana and Andrew in their infant seats. Gio in a highchair and talk and eat alot with laughter in between. Those were good times when we were just starting our business and families. Then came Natalie, then came my twins. Still enjoying Old Venice weekly. He will be truly missed. We look forword in keeping up the family tradition of going to Old Venice again soon. With love, Kathi, John, Gio, Brieana, Vince and Alexa

  18. We wish his wonderful family an abundant life. Our love goes to them and their many friends who care about them as we do. We will miss Jimmy who inspired us in many ways. His memory will live forever in our hearts.

  19. We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s passing. Old Venice was one of our favorite restaurants and we look forward to your reopening. He will be missed.

  20. God Bless all of you and we will miss such a wonderful person! We were truly fortunate to know Jimmy.

  21. Dear Julie, Andrew & Natalie, We wanted to let you know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. Jimmy was such a wonderful person and we were fortunate to have known him.

  22. Dear Julie, Andrew, and Natalie Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. We are sorry for your loss. Jimmy will remain in our hearts forever

  23. Julie, Andrew and Natalie~ Words can not express how deeply sorry we are for your loss. We are forever grateful that God saw fit to bless our community with Jimmy’s talent, warmth and smile. He will be terribly missed, but we’ve no doubt that his spirit will live on with us forever! I remember when you first opened Old Venice, my mother made the comment she often made when a new restaurant opened, “I wonder how long that one will last.” We all know that Jimmy and Julie created an environment that kept us coming back for many, many years. Dinners at Old Venice felt like dining with family and friends and we all know from where those feelings come. We love you. You are in our thoughts and in our prayers. God bless you. Denise, Hanna, Holland and John

  24. We are so sad to hear of the loss of Jimmy. We loved coming to the restaurant to see the whole family proudly working together creating such warm, friendly, and family place. Although, we did not know Jimmy personally, we felt that we knew him well from how he greeted and took care of his customers. He was truly a good man. We will miss him. Can’t wait for the restaurant to reopen and his dream to be realized. Billy, Sue, Lexie & Larsen

  25. Dear Julie, Andrew and Natalie, Your family is such a big part of this community. I was stunned to hear about Jimmy’s accident. My heart is with you all. I hope you can find peace. Jimmy will always be a part of Old Venice. My sincere condolences.

  26. Dear Julie, Andrew and Natalie I am so deeply sorry for your loss. This still seems so unbelievable to me. A friend of mine knows how much I loved Old Venice so she emailed an article to me last week. I thought it was about the rebuilding of Old Venice but was shocked and so saddened to read it was the passing of Jimmy. Old Venice has been our “favorite” restaurant since it opened in the early 80’s and my daughter, Stacy, was a waitress there for a while. We got to know you all that much better which makes this loss that much harder. We cannot wait for your new restaurant to open, I know how proud Jimmy will be to see his life-long dream continued through his loving family. Love to you all ~

  27. Dear Julie, Natalie and Andrew, We were so sorry to hear about Jimmy. You were such a part of our time in Manhattan Beach, both as a place to take care of us when we were hungry and as a fellow business owner when we needed advice or assistance. May you take comfort in the arms of our Lord.

  28. We loved watching your family grow. There is such love and strength in every Hantzarides Family member. We will miss Jimmy.We share in your loss. We will continue to love you and await the opening of your restaurant where we can celebrate the many fond memories of you and Jimmy. You are extraordinary people. Love, Jane and Terry Reitz

  29. We are so sorry for the loss of your husband and father. As you share the stories and memories of how he lived his life and how much he meant, may you find peace and comfort from God. A rose may lose its bloom, but still the fragrance lingers long; A bird may fly away, yet we can still recall its song; So when someone who is loved departs to join the Lord above, they’ll live and laugh and be with us in memories of love. God bless . p.s. we had such a great time in Greece- the wineries, beaches and dinners and of course, the company that we enjoyed so very much. We were so happy that we were able to join you.

  30. dear Julie and kids, I came out of the hospital after undergoing a hip replacement surgery on July 4th. My sister had been staying and helping me until yesterday, July 11. When I was reading the newspaper on Thursday morning she was wondering why I was verbally in disbelief. She, her two daughters and their children live in San Diego. They visit me a couple times a year and when here, prior to the fire, we would dine with you. They were, as well as me, glad to know you would be opening the restaurant again. I know as my dad had left my mom, my sister and me at an early age (43) he remained spiritually, as my mom now does as well. I know that Jimmy remains with you the same way; God bless him. Love, Stav

  31. Hey Julie, it’s me natalie from work. I’m so sorry about your loss and what you and your kids have to go through. Even though I only met him a few times he was always in such good spirits. I know he’ll leave that here with you. I hope to see you soon. Everyone at work cares so much, we all miss you julie. Take care

  32. Dear Hantzarides Family, We were shocked and greatly saddened to hear of Jimmy’s passing. We spent so many pleasant evenings enjoying the food and family-friendly atmosphere of Old Venice. Our heart-felt condolencenes for your loss. The town won’t be the same without him. Sincerely, Ron, Priscilla and Sam Wagner

  33. My heart goes out to everyone who ever met Jimmy. I will miss him very much. His smile and laughter will stay with me always.

  34. We are sorry to hear about the loss of Jimmy. Our prayers & thoughts are with you. Lenny, Doreen & Lenny Jr. Frasca

  35. Julie, Andrew & Natalie, We of course are also extremely sorry about Jimmy’s untimely death. We loved seeing him and visiting at Old Venice when we were there. And Andrew, Deanna wants you to know she is thinking about you and your family and sends her thoughts and prayers from Arizona. Charlie, Dotty, Becky, and Deanna Carey

  36. Jimmy, We know you are smiling that beautiful smile, in Heaven…a smile we will all miss, till, we meet again…..The Kirk Family

  37. Dear Hantzarides Family, We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s passing. We have missed Old Venice and have been looking forward to the re-opening and seeing Jimmy and all your smiling faces again. We love dining at Old Venice and always felt like we were with family there. We always looked forward to seeing Jimmy’s warm smile and enjoyed his friendly conversations. We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss him too. We know he will be watching over Old Venice and you, his family and we’re sure to feel his happy presence there. May the angels of peace,comfort and acceptance surround and fill you . God Bless you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Steve and Laura and Jake Miller

  38. Dear Hantzarides Family, We are so sorry to hear about Jimmy’s passing. We have missed Old Venice and have been looking forward to the re-opening and seeing Jimmy and all your smiling faces again. We love dining at Old Venice and always felt like we were with family there. We always looked forward to seeing Jimmy’s warm smile and enjoyed his friendly conversations. We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss him too. We know he will be watching over Old Venice and you, his family and we’re sure to feel his happy presence there. May the angels of peace,comfort and acceptance surround and fill you . God Bless you. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Steve and Laura and Jake Miller

  39. Dear Natalie, Julie, and Andrew, I do not even know how to begin to express my apologies. You were like a second home, a second family to me while growing up. Words are not enough for what I want to say. While I have not seen you as much in recent years, your family holds many of the fondest memories of my childhood. I know that Jimmy will live on through old venice and our memories of him. I am so sorry for your loss. I love you all dearly.

  40. You will always be remembered for so many wonderful memories that we have of you. Thank you for all of them. Good food and friendship. Can’t ask for anything else. You will be missed terribly. We love you deeply, Bob, Karen, & Brianna Driscoll. Brianna sends special kisses to her Uncle Jimmy whom she loved sooo much. God Bless you Jimmy

  41. Dearest Julie, Andrew and Natalie: We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies to you at this most difficult time in your lives. May you know that there are countless friends and family members keeping you close in prayer. You all have been so good to us over the years. My first memory of Jimmy, Julie and Andrew is having a heart-shaped pizza delivered to us in Hermosa Beach on Valentine’s Day 1984. Julie delivered our pizza with a baby Andrew on one hip and a pizza box on the other. Love, Ellen & John Gambrell.

  42. I feel so honored to have met Jimmy and will always remember how much he loved life. I am so sorry that he left us so soon, we need all of the happy people we can get down here. I also suspect the food just got a little better in Heaven.

  43. To the family I am so sad that I have lost Jimmy a man who showed me how to cook and love it. I have enjoyed working for him very much we had alot of fun times. I know how close your family is and I am truly sorry for your lost. I am so jealous of how happy you guy where as a family you where one of the closes families I ever knew. He will be missed very much. I will remember him always. It is so sad that a great person has to leave us so early. My prayers will alway be with you and the family

  44. Dear Julie, Andrew & Natalie: A smile larger than life, a twinkle in his eye, love for family, exuding warmth and caring for friends..you meet Jimmy for the first time and think you’ve known him a lifetime… everyone he’s touched is a better person for it….Just a few of Jimmy’s many endearing qualities. Jimmy is in a better place now smiling upon all of us, knowing what an impact he’s made on the lives of all who knew him…He will be forever missed….through memories, never forgotten. Our hearts, prayers and love are with you. We were there when you opened Old Venice. We can’t wait to be there when you reopen, be a part of the family tradition and celebrate Jimmy’s life and legacy. God Bless you, With love and caring

  45. Dear Julie and Family: I only recently learned of Jimmy’s accident. My heart goes out to you and I can tell you that I know exactly what you are feeling as I lost my husband in much the same way when I was about your age. I remember all of you fondly although I haven’t seen you in many years. My son Shaun grew up eating your pizza almost every day after school and he learned a lot from Jimmy just in those afternoons. I know that you are greatful for the wonderful life you shared and those memories will help sustain you. Fondly, Carol Moreno

  46. To the whole Hantzarides family, I never got to give my condolences to any of you after the tragic incident with Jimmy. I have known you all for years, I think since I was about 6 years old…and I was heartbroken to hear the news. I know you are a strong family and I am so happy to see that you have built your life back together and are still pushing forward especially with the reopening of my favorite restaurant! I have much love for you all! Have a blessed day :] -Christina Hill

  47. God Bless Jimmy in heaven and the Old Venice Family down here. I moved to Manhattan Beach in 1989 alone and with no family. Well, I take that back. I was a regular at my favorite restaurant Old Venice and got to know Jimmy a little over the years. Having dinner regularly at Old Venice was almost as good as being home for dinner. Jimmy also loved to workout at Gold’s Gym in Redondo Beach where I worked. Jimmy was always nice to me wherever and whenever we saw one another. And what a Great Smile. I was in Love with one of Jimmy’s waitresses (Monique Delgado) whom also had a Great Smile. Obviously, God needed them more in heaven. Jimmy, tell Monique I said hi. By the way, in 2012 I took my two best friends to Old Venice for dinner, and it sure felt like I was back home. Jimmy’s and Monique’s spirit of Love is still alive and well in Old Venice. Great job Julie, Andrew, and Natalie for keeping Old Venice as New as Ever. I never even knew it closed. Thanks family. God Bless! Sincerely, Jason

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