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Valentino restaurant very short review

had dinner at valentino last thursday:
started with the La Verde salad, butter lettuce & spinach salad, Taleggio dressing, Grana Padano, toasted hazelnuts.
it was fine

went on to have the
fusilli with fresh tomato, eggplant, and basil
it was better than fine, but i prefer a less authentic presentation with more sauce relative to the amount of pasta.

for my entree, had the
turbot on a bed of spinach with stewed cherry tomatoes (can't remember the name of this dish),
this was really excellent

and for dessert had the
Sicilian Cannelloni
this was *****PHENOMENAL!!!!
easily the very best cannelloni i've had in my life, by far.
it was served with a tiny scoop of raspberry sorbet, which easily ranked as the best raspberry sorbet i've had in my life.
this dish, to my palate, raises the bar for all other desserts ever anywhere, it was that good.

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  1. Absolutely sublime cannoli, I couldn't agree more

    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6933...

    BTW, did you get the -30%?

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    1. re: RicRios

      yes i got the 30%.

      i will never be able to walk back into that restaurant without getting the cannoli. i've had dreams about it for two nights now . . . .

    2. Hi westsidegal,

      Great review. Thanks. :) I'm glad to hear Valentino's still serving some good food. Thanks for the recommendation on the dessert. Can't wait to go back and try it.

      1. Thanks for the review westsidegal. Very sorry I missed the 30% off promotion. This is on my list in 2010.

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        1. re: streetgourmetla

          you might consider asking them if they'd let you sit in the bar and just order cannelloni; that's what i'm planning to do. i suspect they'll be ok with it if i come during the quiet hours.. . .

        2. Just went for the 1st time, LOVED the pasta esp the squid ink with SB prawns and calamari. And LOVED the 30% off even more! What a great deal. God bless BlackboardEats,

          1. i popped in on friday and had a good meal as well. the tasting menu really offers up good food for an excellent value. and yes, the cannoli's were VERY good!

            1. Would you still have considered the meal worth it without the Blackboard East discount?

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              1. re: mollyomormon

                even without the blackboard eats discount, they are offering a 3 course prix fix in (served in the bar area only--no reservations taken) for $35.
                the cannoli are offered as dessert on that menu. (d'ya think i'm a little obsessive about the cannoli? can't help myself, my apologies)

                1. re: mollyomormon

                  in addition to the menu in the vin bar, they have two tasting menu's in the dining room.

                  3 course - $55pp

                  4 course - $70pp.

                2. Valentino has been on my list for a while but it's rather pricey so I was stoked when the 30% coupon appeared in my inbox a couple weeks ago.

                  Here's what we got:

                  Bread basket including bread sticks and rolls.

                  #1. Prosciutto e Burrata San Daniele prosciutto, aged 20 months, fresh Apulian burrata and “gnocco fritto”
                  The prosciutto was fresh, and the burrata was mild and creamy. You could tell the excellent quality of the ingredients. A+ for sure.

                  We decide to order two pasta dishes to share, which were both specials of the night. To our surprise, the kitchen portioned it without us asking (and at no extra charge either).

                  #2. Hand rolled pasta with veal carpaccio, arugula, aged balsamic and shaved pecorino. The veal was tender and well seasoned.

                  #3. Fettuccine and squid ink tagliatelle with Santa Barbara spot prawns, calamari, cherry tomatoes in lobster sauce.
                  The seafood was cooked perfectly. The calamari was tender, and the prawns were just a tad undercooked. It tasted as sweet as lobster which was amazing, especially the runny prawn brains that dripped all over the pasta.

                  #4. The fish special of the day. Seafood four ways which included (from bottom right going clockwise) turbot, lobster, branzino and dover sole.
                  I liked the lobster the best. Unfortunately some of the fish was under seasoned. The fish was served with a trio of sauces: tomato and butter, clarified brown butter and caper and oil.

                  #5. Le Quaglie: Pan-roasted Wolfe ranch quail, fregola Sarda and pancetta
                  I really enjoyed this dish. The sauce was very flavorful. The quail came with a side of Israeli couscous with bell peppers, cauliflower and haricot vert.

                  #6. La Lombata di VitelloGarlic-rubbed grilled veal chop, wild mushroom sauce
                  That was a big hunk of veal chop that I was so surprised that it was cooked medium perfectly through. It was moist, with a hint of pink in the center. The chop was topped with a rich earthy mushroom sauce. Also liked the crispy fingerling potatoes.

                  The food was good with the appetizers excelling. The pastas were absolutely delicious and something I would definitely return for. Valentino is not cheap at all so the 30% discount really helped. The service was great, wine selections were good, and fell within our budget. When the bill came, they had only discounted us for the food. We advised our waiter that the bartender had mentioned that the discount applied to both food and beverage. Apparently this wasn't the case: discount applies to F&B only if you are dining at V-Vin bar. However our waiter still applied the discount on the full bill.

                  Longer review and photos here: http://stuffycheaks.blogspot.com/2010...