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“super helpful staff and yummy dinner to take home” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Valentini's Vicino Lago

Valentini's Vicino Lago
1400 London Rd, Ste 100, Duluth, MN 55805-2458
218-728-5900
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Ranked #59 of 229 Restaurants in Duluth
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Bogota, Colombia
Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“super helpful staff and yummy dinner to take home”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2013

We were looking for an easy dinner to take and eat at home for 8 people, and Valentini's was it! The server at the order counter had really helpful suggestions, including telling us how we could create and request a vegetarian pasta everyone enjoyed. Their Italian salad was also yummy and very pretty with multicolored veggies. While we waited for them to prep our food, we ordered espressos and she gave them to us with excellent oatmeal cookies on the side. Really a great option for tasty takeout, and outstanding service.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Duluth, Minnesota
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78 reviews 78 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 39 cities Reviews in 39 cities
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
“One of our favorite places”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Valentini's is one of our favorite "date night" destinations. It has a nice location near the Rose Garden on London Road, and you can eat outside if you wish. The food is always fantastic, whether you're eating steak or pasta, and the service is usually good. Interestingly -- and admittedly irrelevant to the quality of food or service-- I've noticed a trend with some of the female servers, which is to throw your seemingly uncombed hair into a pile on top of your head, which may be the standard for 20-somethings but in my humble opinion seems a bit unkempt and should probably be reserved for the checkers wearing their jammies at WalMart. :) Also, stay away on prom night or graduation because it will be packed. Overall, though, a couple's must try restaurant in Duluth.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Waseca, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Phenomenal breakfast!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

Went for breakfast at Valentinis in Duluth yesterday and our food was amazing. Husband had their Breakfast Bruschetta with the apricot preserves & it he couldn't stop raving about it. I had the pancakes with apples on the side & they were probably the best pancakes I've had. Cooked perfectly and the flavor was outstanding (I love my pancakes). This is by far our favorite breakfast place in Duluth & the only problem is they don't have breakfast on Sundays so we couldn't go back this morning! The atmosphere is top notch & the view is spectacular. Service was great as well.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Goodland, Minnesota, United States
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Good food - Poor service”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2013

I've visited Valentini's twice in the past few months. My last trip was over the weekend for a late lunch. There were many very large groups there for graduation. My husband and I were seated in the middle of the dining room at a tall top table amongst all of the large groups. We recieved rather poor service from a waitress who had to be asked each time we needed a refill of our beverage, who didnt show up to great us for atleast 10 minutes while we waited and just seemed completely uninterested in serving us. One more thing to note about service is that the..older lady who was helping seat people and set up tables rolled her eyes at us when we said we didnt have reservations and just needed a table for two. This was 2 o'clock on a Saturday and we were out of town guests, there's no reason we would believe that we would need reservations or that we would have problems getting a seat. Our first visit was at a more conventional meal time and we had no problems getting in.

The penne with vodka sauce is delicious. The homemade pasta noodles are wonderful. Between our 2 trips the two of us were not dissapointed with either of our meals.

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Very good”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

The food and service are great. Menue is varied and prices are reasonable. The decor is great. Just wish they would take regular reservations like other restaurants in the area.

Visited September 2012
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