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Valenti's Pizza and Italian Dining
Price range: $13 - $27
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Papermill Rd
Description: Fine dining casual elegance in East Cobb, exceptional authentic Italian fare, fully stocked bar, hand crafted pizzas, fresh fish, veal , homemade pasta daily!! also live trio music on wed. and Saturday"s!!!
Reviewed November 16, 2012

We were looking for a new place to go with two other couples in the East Cobb area. We all agreed that the menu looked ideal for our party. Upon arriving at the restaurant, we were surprised by what a large, roomy place it was...and surprisingly uncrowded for a Friday night. Uh oh... We ordered a bottle of very nice wine and two of the guys had Italian beer. We passed on appetizers, wanting to save room for our meals. Because the prices are somewhat high, we assumed the portions would be large, so we opted to share some meals. Big mistake! Let me generalize by saying based on price and portion sizes, the food here is about twice as expensive as it should be. My husband and I shared an Arugula salad and Cioppino (seafood stew). Our salad was $8 and consisted of a small plate of very fresh arugula, six or seven tiny pieces of diced canned beets, and one very small ball of fried goat cheese abut the size of a dime. Delicious, but worth about $4 and definitely portioned for one. Our seafood stew was $18 without pasta or $21 with. we ordered with pasta, but it came without. The stew was such a small portion that I counted the pieces...2 shrimp, 5 mussels, 2 clams, 2 tiny pieces of calamari and two bite sized pieces of fish. When we asked for our pasta, it came in a ramekin, naked, and about 1/2 c portion. Again, very delicious, in a wonderful, spicy sauce, but portioned for one person, and should have been $13. And why scrimp on spaghetti, which is so inexpensive? Our dining companions had a pizza that was $25 because it had an exotic name, and two fried eggs on it. Another friend had the lobster ravioli, and it came with 7 ravioli, which she described as bland, and undercooked. To summarize, this place has great potential, but you need to cut the prices. This is not Buckhead! The food was decent, but not phenomenal. The portions were tiny, and the service was ok, but nothing to get excited about. East Cobbers are begging for new restaurants, but this will never take off if you don't reevaluate.

Thank normsnan
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

felt the need to write in ecause i dont know what or where these people or reveiws @this place come from . the food is excellent probely one of the best in atlanta if not the best!! period.... have never been disappointed the prices are fantastic for the quality of ingreidents they use and the PIZZA ? OMG ,THEY ONLY WON THE BEST PIZZA IN ATLANTA 3 YEARS IN A ROW BUT WHAT THE HELL DO THEY KNOW!!! GO TO THIS RESTAURANT YOU WONT BE DISSAPPOINTED!!

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2  Thank John Andrew F
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Reviewed October 27, 2012

We went there on a Saturday night around 7:00. It was not very full with the exception of a private party on the other side. The waiter was weird. He acted like he was timing himself on how shortly he could be at our table. We asked for wine recommendations and neither glass was very good, but overpriced. The caesar salad had a very strong lemon flavor which completely detracted from the "caesar" flavor. No one offerred fresh grated pepper and there were no salt and pepper shakers on the table.

I took the waiter's recommendation of the lobster raviloli. It was lukewarm at best. The sauce was runny as if some of the pasta water had gotten into it and the pasta was a little undercooked. My husband's Margarita pizza was very bland and the crust was soggy. No fresh parmesan cheese was offered, and again, if there had been salt and pepper on the table, he might have enjoyed it more. The waiter never asked if our food was ok or if there was anything we needed. When he brought the check, he never said thank you or offered anything of a personal/customer service nature.

We spent over $70 and felt completely ripped off. We will not be returning. Can't wait to go to Paper Mill Grill next door where the food, servie and ambience are fabulous. Unlike Caffe UNfortunato.

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Thank klingcs
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Reviewed July 2, 2012

First off the Owner is a great guy; Michael, would bend over backwards to make you feel at home and comfortable in his place. The place only opened in 2010 but has made excellent strides in keeping up with the local needs of both families and business customers alike. They recently opened up the entire building to include another set of seating for 75+, which gives them enough room to accommodate groups and business functions as well as not loosing the small romantic venue for couples. The deck provides an excellent after work atmosphere to relax, sample some flights of Italian wine, or kick back and enjoy an beer with friends and colleagues. The food is straight from the Amalfi coast, where Michael's family has it's roots, The wood/stone oven is great for pizza's and breads and brings that old world style and flavor to the place. They continually update the menu for the seasons, and provide Classic Italian fare with a modest price. Spaghetti, with sauce and meatballs, (polpette) is superb, along with the baskets of fresh out of the oven breads. I highly recommend you call and reserve a table, tonight, ask to speak with Michael, rest assured he will make your evening great,and bring you back into the "old world style" and classic fare from his many years in this business. "Mangiare"

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2  Thank madbeacher2009
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Reviewed June 11, 2012

I went to this restaurant, and expected great service. The waiters were nice, and it was rather empty, but otherwise underwhelming. Their food was decent, but the charged us for drinks, and one group of 4 (ours was of 6) came in after us, and received their food first. They had a nice view of the pond, good bread, but it took them 45 minutes to prepare 6 dishes. Sure 1 or two were pizzas, which do take a while, but dishes should come out when each one is READY.

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Thank Andrew B
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