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“Keep Driving”

Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria
Ranked #108 of 1,038 Restaurants in Sarasota
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Valentino's is all about great food, family and tradition. Our authentic cuisine borrows from every region of Italy along with a little influence from our Northern New Jersey roots! We are committed to cooking with only the freshest ingredients available. All our menu items are homemade and cooked to order! Please visit our other location at: 4045 Clark Rd. Sarasota Fl. 34233.
Indian Shores, Florida
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
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“Keep Driving”
Reviewed October 29, 2013

Hooked by the fabulous menu selections, my husband and I eagerly anticipated a great salad and pizza on our first (and only) visit to Valentino;s. The ingredients were all there as stated on the menu, but with no taste. The salad came piled with organic greens, roasted peppers, etc. but a bland dressing and sliced canned olives did it in. Likewise, the pizza was covered with arugula, grilled eggplant, mozzarella, etc. but the crust resembled crackers, not the crisp pizza crust expected, and all ingredients were cold, no sauce and the cheese not melted. Not much in amibiance, but the food did it in.

Visited October 2013
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Thank Sharyn S
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lustellsadie, Owner at Valentino Pizzeria Trattoria, responded to this review, November 2, 2013
We are sorry to hear that the the pizza was not to your liking, but the reason why the pizza was cold is because it is a salad pizza. On the menu it clearly explains that the ingredients on the pizza will be served cold. Also surprised to hear about the salad since it is our best selling salad and we get rave reviews over the dressing.
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English first
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Lousy food”
Reviewed October 26, 2013

Lousy food I don't get it you are an Italian resturant you should know how to make sauce. Garlic knots were cold and hard, eggplant parm is layers of eggplant and cheese not a pile of eggplant with a blob of cheese on top

  • Visited October 2013
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Sarasota, Florida
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“Excellent pizza & pasta (Loved the Grandmas Pizza!!)”
Reviewed October 24, 2013

Love the ability to have quality Italian in a family owned business. Sarasota surprisingly seems to have a lack of quality non-chain restaurants. Gotta try the grandmas pizza! The owner, Mike, takes the time to come to the tables when he can to check in on the meal - nice touch. We have gone many times and will continue going. I saw the negative reviews on this place...the posters seems to be the same people that post negative reviews on the all University / Lakewood Ranch restaurants - competing restauranteurs?...hmmmm maybe

  • Visited October 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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“Great Italian Food”
Reviewed October 17, 2013

We went for dinner a couple of times to Valentinos during our stay in Sarasota this summer. The food is tasty and fresh. Portions are very generous, we always brought food home! The atmosphere is very relaxed as well. Great selection for kids!

  • Visited July 2013
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Sarasota
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“Amazing food and dining experience”
Reviewed October 4, 2013

A very enjoyable dining experience. The food is amazing. There are so many "yummy" choices on the menu it is hard to decide which one to order. Don't forget to get some garlic rolls because they are to die for. The service is great. The atmosphere is family friendly but also very modern and trendy. This is not your typical Italian restaurant. It is a very unique and amazingly delicious place to eat. I highly recommend everyone go to eat there....you will not be disappointed.

  • Visited July 2013
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