“Americanized Italian slop. Sorry, but its true.”
I will start by saying that my wife and I are serious foodies. Some of our favorite chefs are Rick Bayless (Frontera Grill restaurant), Lidia Bastianich (Lidia's Italy TV show) and Ming Tsai (Blue Ginger restaurant) among others.
When we dine out we want authentic, we want passion, we want dedication and we want true, honest food.
Valenti's Restaurant is not it folks. The 'salad' was a token plate of iceberg lettuce with token wedges of red, but unripe tomatoes topped with goo that I'm sure came from a gallon jug from SYSCO.
Anyone who knows Italian knows that a pasta dish is about the PASTA, not the gallon of overly-sweet sauce and sausage slices that taste like flavored cardboard. My dish was just terrible looking and tasting.
My wife had veal that was so thin that I'm sure if we'd have scraped the breading off you could have seen through it. Oh, and it was topped with the same sauce.
Bottom line, this food is nothing more than 'tourist fare' that follows generic Americanized Italian slop recipes found at hundreds of other "Italian" restaurants all over this country. When you walk into a 'fancy' restaurant and the first thing you are greeted with are bubblegum machines and Penny Saves magazines, its NOT a fancy restaurant. Like so many restaurants in Florida, Valenti's caters to tourists who are happy with this kind of slop, and senior citizens who's pallets are so deadened by YEARS of eating this kind of slop, they don't know any better.
I will compliment their lounge area though. It was very romantic and well furnished. The drinks were also well made and the beer is served with an glass that was in the freezer for some time.
Absolutely not worth the money though.
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