Restaurant Review: Valentina

Whether you’re eating in or out, experience the best Italy has to offer at this combined restaurant and deli

Valentina is a beautiful Italian delicatessen and restaurant located in Notting Hill. Grown from two families hailing from a small town on the outskirts of south-eastern Rome, it offers a simple, perfect concept: fine Italian food.

The front-of-house shop greets guests with traditional cheeses, cured meats, olives, biscotti – everything you need for your Italian pantry (everyone has one, don’t they?). But at the back is something even more special: a welcoming restaurant where you’ll find a menu of divine food including pizza, salad, steak, fish, pasta and risotto.

We started with a timballo of layered seasonal vegetables and a thinly sliced and seasoned carpaccio thing, then moved onto the formaggio di capra salad and the seafood risotto. After all that, we could just about manage the chocolate fondant soufflé, and were happier for doing so!

There’s a few other Valentinas scattered around, removed from the crowds of central London in locations like Chiswick, Sheen and Putney, but worth a trip nonetheless.

You won’t be on your own on a date at Valentina; it’s full of people wining and dining each other. And there’s no question as to why – the fine foods on offer are perfectly prepared and accessible while still maintaining the essence of high-quality dining.

I’m of the opinion that you can’t go wrong with Italian food on a date; there’s little risk involved and you can almost guarantee that there’ll be a good few things for picky eaters to choose from. The phrase “fine foods” definitely fits the bill for Valentina – and speaking of the bill, you can expect it to be very reasonable, with most main dishes priced under £15.

Considering you’ll have saved some money, after your meal you’ll want to have a look around the deli and take home some of the best Italian ingredients you can get your hands on in Blighty.

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