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“Depends which staff are working” 4 of 5 stars
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Valentinos Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
17-19 Valpy Street, Reading, England
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Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Reading, United Kingdom
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58 reviews 58 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Depends which staff are working”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

I have been to this restaurant 3 times now with friends, using the tastecard which allows up to 6 people to eat half price.

Food-wise I would only recommend the pizza's. The pasta dishes are a bit out of the jar, the calzones are under filled and the steak isn't up to scratch. their pizza pies are good, but not sure its better than having a pizza each.

There is one fantastic waitress there who cannot do enough to ensure you enjoy your meal, but the other staff do struggle with service, waiting ages for drinks and for orders to be taken.

Also in the week they have 2-4-1 wine and beer which means you have have a really good value and enjoyable meal.

I'll definitely be going again.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Reading, United Kingdom
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63 reviews 63 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
“Limited choice”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2012

We visited on a Saturday night for a family meal and used our Tastecard. At 8.30 we were the only people there. Friendly waitress who seemed to have a few problems understanding some of our requests. Limited choice on menu, only four starters but the bruschetta and meat platter were good but the prawn cocktail had a strange dressing. Pasta dishes were either spaghetti or tagliatelle and we enjoyed the carbonara. Good selection of pizzas, the meat feast we had had a good base and lots of cheese but not as meaty as expected. Ordered a side salad to accompany but, surprisingly there are no sides on the menu. Main course of seabass was ok. Only two desserts, tiramisu or chocolate brownie, both good. Wines are priced well, £13 to £20 a bottle but some were not available. Service by the single waitress was good and all food was obviously freshly prepared. Value very good when taking the Tastecard discount (but not on chefs specials - seabass,steaks etc.) into account otherwise it would have been expensive.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Chelmsford, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good food and personal service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2012

At street level this looks like 'coffee and food to go', but in the basement is a modern relaxed restaurant and bar. The service is friendly and staff genuinely ready to give advice. The italian food is cooked to order and tastes good. Just around the corner from the Town Hall, it's well worth a visit.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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rachel_hitchen
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“A tucked away gem waiting to be discovered!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2012 via mobile

I have lived in reading for a few months now but did not know this place existed and am very happy to have finally discovered it! My husband and I had the best pizza we've had in a very long time, the service was so friendly that we stayed at the bar until late talking and drinking some lovely Italian wine - I recommend the Chianti! We're going back for lunch next week to take them up on their 50% food deal and looking forward to it!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cockfield, United Kingdom
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“Delicious midweek lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2012

I went in May 2012 for a business lunch. The service was very friendly, food came very promptly and the food was delicious. I had a meat feast pizza and my colleague had a Calzone. Both very large and we couldn't finish them but they were top class. The restaurant was quiet, I think because it is a little tucked away - but It has a great atmosphere, quiet for business meetings or equally romantic lunches/evening meals with your loved ones. I will definitely be back.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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