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Valentino

3115 W. Pico Blvd. (Bundy Dr.) Send to Phone
310-829-4313 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Piero Selvaggio's Valentino has dominated Los Angeles' Italian dining scene for years.
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Valentino, Santa Monica, CA

Valentino Restaurant Review

: In a city where a restaurant's success can disappear as fast as stars in the sky, restaurateur Piero Selvaggio has definitely found the right recipe to keep Valentino shining for more than four decades. There are four downstairs dining rooms and the wine cellar room upstairs, probably the one we all prefer. Dining there will give you a chance to admire Selvaggio's extraordinary wine cellar, the guardian of 100,000 bottles from all over the world, where the grand prize is a 1891 Biondi-Santi at $25,000. Otherwise, travel the world through the 130-page wine list, where you'll discover much more affordable wines. Menu-wise, starters range from artichoke flan with Parmesan fonduta and saffron to a butter lettuce and spinach salad with Grana shavings and hazelnuts. Continue with risotto or pasta --- perhaps tagliatelle with bolognese meat rag├╣ --- then move on to the wide-ranging secondi, which might include a veal chop, grilled free-range chicken infused with herbs, and rack of lamb crusted with pistachios. A plate of Italian cheeses makes a good transition before the cannoli or panna cotta. There is also a four-course prix-fixe menu available for $85 per person. The Valentino vin bar adds a casual touch to the fine dining establishment.

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