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Valenti's Allegro Bistro
Ranked #116 of 250 Restaurants in Venice
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed March 20, 2014

Fun place! We go often and love it. Great food, great people, great entertainment. Check it out soon !

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Reviewed March 13, 2014

We're visiting family members who are staying in Venice for the winter. They booked us reservations at Valenti's because of the jazz night Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

I have no idea why a restaurant without a dance floor would book live music. Tables cover the entire floor and are crammed in so close together that, if you attempt to dance between the tables, crotchety old people growl at you for bumping their wine glasses. And listening to jazz music without being able to dance is just annoying. About five couples tried to enjoy a dance anyway.

The people who frequent this place on Thursday night are all old, white haired souls. Definitely not a hang out for the young at heart. The owner gets up to sing a final song, apparently every week - like nails on a chalk board.

Having discussed entertainment, let's talk food.
We ordered the Ensalata Caprese appetizer. The waiter either forgot to put in our order or forgot to bring it to us. The two couples we dined with ordered pizzas when we ordered our appetizer. They'd both almost finished their entire pizzas before our tomatoes finally arrived - no apology from the waiter though. She mumbled something about being very busy.

The Ensalata Caprese was very disappointing. Tomatoes weren't good quality, not ripe enough, tasteless. Ten tomato slices topped with mozzarella and basil floated in a plate of olive oil. Totally bland, no seasoning, no vinagrette, no flavor - for $9.95

The Chicken Marsala was absolutely awful. You had to hunt for the skinny hunk of what appeared to be chicken breast, drowned in a plate of watery brown stuff that should have been mushroom sauce, but was very bitter, off tasting, with no texture. Mushroom slices piled high looked like they came from a can, and tasted of that same bitter, icky flavor.

At $16.95 the chicken entree came with nothing but a side salad. And apparently because we split the entree instead of each ordering our own, they charged us an unbelievable $19.49 for this disgusting pile of inedible mess, instead of $16.95.

Dessert was a small piece of cold chocolate cake, topped with a scoop of ice cream, for $7.00.

Drinks were a total rip off. They charge $8.95 for a shot of medium quality tequila. A glass of pinot grigio is $7.00. If you get there before six p.m. during Happy Hour, you can get two glasses of wine for the price of one, but you have to take them both at the same time. They won't bring you one now and one when you finish the first. So your white wine gets warm while it sits on the table.

We were charged $65 for three drinks, one appetizer, one entree, and one dessert - an outrageous sum for poor quality food, poorly prepared.

To top it all off, they have ONE bathroom stall for women, so you get to wait as long as it takes, when the place is packed with two hundred golden agers.

The decor is the ONLY thing this restaurant has going for it. Don't eat here. It's a total rip off, and the food is just gross.

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Reviewed March 7, 2014

Is you is.....Or is you ain't chillin' on your vacay? I think that the negative reviews are due to a lack of laid back. The owner and staff are very accommodating as long as you speak your mind about exactly what you would like; they really do want you as a customer and they have many return clientele. Go in finding waitstaff first. Order your drink immediately and say that you are very thirsty- run a tab and point to where you are seated. Tell the waitstaff to have the pizza (supreme) well done and crisp. Btw- the sausage on the pizza is one of the best I've had. Sit back and sip your drink, listen to the jazz on Thursday night or karaoke on Wednesday- it's a nice crowd. Chillax! You will get exactly what you order with a smile.

Thank ttdell
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Reviewed March 3, 2014

Orderd a pizza, it was more like soup! Very wet! very nasty! and the food made me sick! stay away from this crap hole! the food sucks! the service is very poor, and rude.

pizza was $16 for a 10" with just cheese.

drinks sucked,

DO NOT EAT HERE! read the other bad reviews this place sucks!

aslo stay away from stuff a bully in north port, the food is even worse and has been shut down a few times for bugs and rats.

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Reviewed March 3, 2014

6 of us ate there on a Tue. The place was not our crowded. The waitress took our order and asked if we wanted bread and never returned for 20 min. After 45 min we got our salad. We could see that our food order was up under the kitchen lights. By the time we got our order the food was cold. We told her it was cold so she brought a cup of spaghetti sauce as if putting that on top of the pasta would make it hot. It was obvious she was trying to wait on too many people. We will not go back.

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