330 E. 56th St. St., Off 1st Ave.
- Lunch, Dinner 7 Days a Week. (Piano Music Friday & Saturday Nights).
Award-winning website, Punchin-dot-com, features the Walman Report and reviews of restaurants, travel, wine and theater. Il Valentino is an elegant Italian restaurant, tucked away in the Sutton Hotel. There is an intimate antique studded bar, a romantic main dining room with well-spaced tables and crisp white cloths, an enclosed garden and an eye-catching antipasto display, as one enters. Live piano music by the charming Barrett Taylor creates a clubby-feel on Friday & Saturday evenings.
There are marvelous cocktails to sip with antipasti. And pastas shine. You’ll like the black tagliolini prepared with shrimps, asparagus, and fresh tomatoes as well as the large tubular pasta sauced with eggplant and ricotta cheese. Ravioli, stuffed with
Veal & spinach, in a wild mushroom sauce is outstanding.
Memorable entrees include a perfect Sautéed Calf’s Liver with caramelized onions, balsamic vinegar and grilled polenta, Entrecote Robespiere (New York steak) served with broccoli rabe and oil, Caciucco Toscano (tuscan style fish stew) fresh seafood and daily specials such as lamb osso bucco. Fresh berries make an ideal dessert. Well chosen wines wines, warm service by host Mirso Lekic and the excellent restaurant manager, Michael Groll, and great cappuccino complete the picture of Il Valentino, 330 E. 56th St.
Copyright 2010 By Nancy Walman
Funghi Misti Al Parfumo Di Erbe shitake, oyster, and champignon mushrooms sautéed with herbs
Asparagi Gratinati Alla Parmigiana asparagus gratinee with ptarmigan cheese
Calamari Fra Diavolo calamari with garlic, tomatoes, and spices
Vongole Al Forno Oreganata baked clams with seasoned breadcrumbs
Minestra Del Giorno soup of the day
Carpaccio Di Manzzo beef carpaccio with arugola and parmesan
Bresaola Della Veltellina dried cured beef with spinach and parmesan cheese
Olive Della Casa selection of Mediterranean olives
Fresh Clam Half Shell fresh clams with cocktail sauce
Antipasto Alla Italiana prosciutto, salami, and vegetables
Insalata Del Fattore red and green leaf lettuce, extra virgin olive oil, and Chianti vinegar
Insalata Di Cesare hearts of romaine with a dressing of mustard, boiled organic eggs, croutons, and parmesan cheese
with chicken add
Insalata Di Caprese mozzarella served with artichoke, olive oil, and garlic
Insalata Di Spinach Con Gorgonzola E Noci spinach salad served with gorgonzola cheese and walnuts, and tossed in vinaigrette.
Fresh Home Made Pasta
Cavatelli Al Profumo Di Pomodoro pasta shells tossed with tomatoes, and basil
Oriecchiette Con Salsicce ear shaped pasta with veal sausages, broccoli di rape and pepperoncini
Pasta Nera Con Gamberoni black tagliolini prepared with shrimps, asparagus, and fresh tomatoes
Tortellini Alla Panna tortellini pasta stuffed with cheese prepared with prosciutto, sweet peas and cream
Fettuccine Bolognese homemade fettuccine with a classic Italian bolognese sauce
Imported Dry Pasta
Linguini Alla Vongole long pasta ribbons with manila clams, garlic, white wine sauce, and virgin olive oil
Spaghettini Mare E Monti thin spaghetti, shellfish, white wine sauce
Bucatini Alla Amatricina long pierced pasta prepared with pancetta, onions, and tomato sauce
Rigatoni Con Melanzzane E Ricotta large tubular pasta prepared with eggplant and ricotta cheese
Penne All Arrabbiata short pasta in a spicy tomato sauce and marinated onions
Caciucco Toscano tuscan style fish stew
Salmone Alla Griglia grilled wild salmon with white wine, lemon, and oregano
Red Snapper Alla Livornesse red snapper sautéed with onions, tomatoes, capers, olives and wine
Pesce Del Giorno Ai Vapore fresh fish filet steamed with lemon leaves, and vegetables fish selection cheese daily
Petto Di Pollo Alla Bolognese breaded breast of chicken topped with prosciutto buffalo mozzarella, and artichoke sauce
Scallopini Di Vitello A Piacere veal scaloppini piccata lemon and white wine or marsala wine and mushrooms
Entrecote Robespiere new york steak served with broccoli rabe and oil
Creamed Spinach choice of broth or cream
Broccoli Di Rape