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“Great pizza”

Valentinos Italian Restaurant & Wine Bar
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Belper, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Great pizza”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Eat here whilst on business trip in Reading. Chose the restaurant as it had Gourmet Society deal. No problem with using Gourmet Society card (50% off food bill).
We each had a pizza - really fresh, thin crust and cooked to perfection. Too much to eat so took it home to eat later !
Good value food even if paying full price.
Drinks a little pricey - £7.50 for a glass of wine, £4.00 for a small bottle of Italian beer ?

  • Visited January 2013
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2 Thank Andrew P
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English first
Reading, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
293 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
“A romantic evening out shame about the dessert.”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We booked a table in this out of way little restaurant as it accepted Tastecard on a Saturday night which is unusual. The restaurant is down a steep flight of stairs and there was a romantic ambience. The service was very good and the food was mostly excellent. The starter of Antipasti was a selection of cold meats and Mediterranean vegetables with some bread. It was delicious except the bread was overcharred as were the potatoes in the main course which was a shame as both our main courses were very tasty. I had rack of lamb which was tender and fell off the bone. My partner had chicken scallops which she thoroughly enjoyed. We were looking forward to the desserts and were disappointed as they appeared to be store bought rather than home made. A disappointing end to an otherwise lovely meal.

Visited January 2013
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Reading, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Loved It!”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

Lovely staff....great little location....wine list superb and very reasonably priced - I ordered the most expensive bottle of red - a Chianti at a very reasonable £22, and it was very quaffable - you wouldnt get such lovely wine at such a good price at many other places in Reading!

The food - my partner ordered steak which he was very happy with...I had the anchovy pizza...wow!!! I cant remember the last time I had such a good pizza - I cant wait to go back again...the perfect balance of fresh ingredients against the salty taste of the fish - delicious.

Great setting, great food, great wine, lovely staff - wouldn't hesitate to recommend.

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank RoastieGal
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Henley-on-Thames, United Kingdom
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“a great night in valentinos”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

we had a great night for our party of 20,the food was exceptional especially the steaks and the sea bass ,i personally had the steak myself and was cooked to perfection.The other members of my party all commented how good the sea bass was especially!the service was typically italian,they made feel very welcome and we partied well into the night,salsa dj playing some great tunes ,and getting us all involved,till about 2am!!great night highly recommend,take a taxi parking at a premium as it is town centre!! 8th december 2012

  • Visited December 2012
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Reading, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“WOW! Really bad!”
Reviewed December 3, 2012

We came as a large group for a birthday, and as such had a set menu. Starters were standard, but ok. Main courses were where it started to go wrong.

Serving time: The chef decided not to cook all the dishes at the same time, unfortunately. First he/she cooked all the pork dinners. 15 minutes later all the sea bass plates came out. 10 minutes later the steaks came out. Subsequently a third of the party had had their plates cleared away by the time the last third of our table got their food.

Steak: Avoid at all costs (and it is a supplement dish, so the cost is a factor) The worst piece of beef I have ever eaten, without doubt. Really low quality meat, grey and covered in salt. Not sprinkled, covered. The steak tasted only of salt. The majority of us ate about a quarter of it

In their defence the Sea Bass was very good. The quality of the produce was a real downside - both the pork and the steak were extremely cheap. I love meat and am no animal rights campaigner, but nothing should have had to die to provide such a depressing attempt at a meal.

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank DANIEL B
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