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Valenti's Italian Restaurant of Venice Review

Review - 1=Excellent - 2=Very Good - 3=Good 4=Fair 5=Poor

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Sabine Sahyoun party of 6 had dinner at Valenti's Italian Restaurant of Venice and rated the Calamari, caprese, chicken valenti, Lobster ravioli, pizza, osso bucco poor because, "appetizers were bland, main course smothered in heavy cream sauce" and writes on April 9, 2007, "DO NOT GO THERE! Ridiculously expensive for this area. We went early, they were not busy, took a long time to get drinks, 1 hr 45 min to get main course. 3 adults 3 kids and we had to pay 18% gratuity ($ 30) for lousy service, total of $177. Food was mediocre, kids were full on bread because of long wait. I did not want to leave that much tip so I asked to talk to owner who was rude and defended his waitress and after saying that I would spread the word about our treatment he said that he does good business and doesn't care. We will spread the word!!! THanks."
Service Rating: 5
Ambience Rating: 5
Wine List Rating: 4
Cleanliness Rating: 4
Kid Friendly Rating: 4
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5

Anonymous party of 2 had dinner at Valenti's Italian Restaurant in Venice and rated the Spaghetti and meatball fair because, "extremely average." and writes on March 19, 2007, "The first trip to this restaurant was destined to be our last trip as well. The dinner entree included a salad, which was nothing more than a simple iceberg lettuce quarter served with 2 tomato slices. I was disappointed by the lack of darker, more nutritional greens, and although a few croutons might have subdued some of my displeasure, that was not to be the case. Bread was plain white Italian bread sliced and presented with pre-wrapped cubes of country spread. I would have much preferred something crustier and more rustic than the white bread, and served with some olive oil and fresh herbs, or at least butter. I don't eat country spread in my own house, I was not about to eat it with bland white bread either. The spaghetti and meat ball entree was exactly that, a huge plate of white spaghetti with one large, lonesome looking meatball sitting on top of the gargantuan mound. The single meatball was not memorable, while the sauce on the other hand, tasted like it came directly from a can of Hunt's tomato sauce. A couple of sprinkles of oregano or basil, might have made it seem a bit more "Italian", and might even have cut the acidity of the sauce somewhat. However, perhaps I had simply imagined that a restaurant named "Valenti's" would be Italian in nature, since any evidence of Authentic Italian cooking was truly lacking in this establishment from my viewpoint. The decor and ambiance was quite pleasing to the eye, however, but when I noticed some dark smudges on the plate underneath the casserole dish upon which my partner's manicotti was served, I totally lost what remained of my appetite. When these mysterious dark smudges were brought to management's attention, the response would have been what one would have expected from a diva, not a concerned restaurant owner. With Venice's dearth of fine dining establishments, one can only hope that the town's people will eventually tire of poor and mediocre food enough to complain, as I have done. For me, I'll continue to travel the 45 minutes to Sarasota until something changes for the better in downtown Venice's restaurant venues."
Service Rating: 4
Ambience Rating: 1
Wine List Rating: 3
Cleanliness Rating: 4
Kid Friendly Rating: 1
Value Rating: 5
Overall Experience: 5

Anonymous writes on 4/20/03: "We are snow-birds to Sarasota and always appreciate the warm weather and friendly people of the area. In a constant search for new and exciting restaurants with each visit, my family and I are drawn to Valenti's Restaurant.

The establishment is impeccably clean and the family-owned atmosphere makes the stay unrushed and pleasant. The food, ample in portion, taste and quality, speaks for itself.

Quite possibly some of the best Italian food I have ever had--which may be because the husband and wife owners, who are both charming and hospitable, are from Italy and oversee the restaurant every night.

What we like most about Valenti's: moderate prices, high-quality, and all the baked goodies that great you when you first wait to be seated.

What we recommend: go early- to mid-evening, good place to bring your friends or guests for a great meal; their veal Marsala is one of my favorite dishes---and TIRAMISU!!

Back to the cold weather now; we look forward to the warmth and good food upon our next visit."


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