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Valbella Restaurant Review: Valbella has long been an Old Greenwich go-to spot for special occasions. As you might expect, the ambience, service, northern Italian cuisine and mind-boggling wine list all warrant a hefty price. Start light with a classic caprese, an array of fresh sliced tomatoes, holland peppers, buffalo mozzarella and whipped mint sheep ricotta, or the insalata d’ endiva with Belgian endive, caramelized walnuts, poached pears and Gorgonzola tossed in an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. While the extensive menu offers a wide selection of fish, poultry and meat entrées, regulars know to ask for such signature selections like the sea bass wrapped in a potato crust, or the meaty veal chop topped with horseradish and sliced potato in a spicy carrot sauce. However, even many of the loyal devotees to this emporium dedicated to feasting à la the Caesars don't know about the wine cellar, a cavernous room lined with some 11,000 bottles of vino, where private parties can dine around a radiantly heated, massive granite table, retiring to the nearby fireplace for an after-dinner drink. If you see a special event on the horizon, it's best to book, and early at that.