Valentino Santa Monica
Overview3115 Pico Blvd. Santa Monica, California 90405
Best Italian Restaurant in Santa Monica, Valentino Restaurant is the brain child of restauranteur Piero Selvaggio, whose food and legendary wine lists continue to win the most coveted awards throughout the world.
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Piero Selvaggio has wisely tamed the exuberance of the novelties of the ’70s and shaped a style where the traditional resources and mainstays of his native Italy are prevalent. Although Piero is the common denominator, he has had to assemble a competent team year after year.
These days, a dynamic duo of young Italians men the kitchen. Nico Chessa and Davide Giova execute the classic menu flawlessly. Remember the beef carpaccio, the duck crespella, and the lobster ravioli with mixed seafood to start, and also the roasted branzino, pancetta-wrapped pork tenderloin and the Delmonico steak Alla Pizzaiola.
Then there is the tasting menu — risotto del giorno inclusive and the menu del mare — we simply love the stuffed calamari. And yet one more menu boasting traditional offerings: antipasto classico, artisanal pasta, lamb osso buco and gelato.
All this well-executed food is delivered by real professional service. Should Mr. Selvaggio find himself doing research in Italy, Giuseppe takes over the orchestration.
We have not said anything about Valentino restaurant until we describe, if even possible, the wine list and cellar. In fact, it is best for you to go there for a special celebration, book the private wine room upstairs and chip away at the telephone book size list. Pick anything amongst 70,000 bottles. There are unique diamonds such as an 1891 Biondi Santi Brunello
di Montalcino ($25,000) … and many more incredible offerings from
Italy, Napa and beyond.
Tuesday-Thursday 5:00 pm - 10 pm
Fridays 11:30 am - 10:30 pm
Saturdays 5:00 pm- 10:30 pm
Santa Monica, Ca
Kevin Blair - 02/11/2012 - 10:30 pm
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