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Valenza Restaurant Restaurant Review: This popular northern Italian restaurant draws a steady stream of regulars from nearby abodes. Even weekdays are busy, making reservations essential. Décor is relaxing and free of froufrou. Choose the nicely fried seafood fritto misto with singularly sweet cod, prawns and calamari entangled with thin slices of fried lemon, parsley and capers. A plate of salumi and regional cheeses makes an appealing shared experience. We wish the pastas were available in half portions so they could really be "primi piatti," but there's plenty to split. They range from tender house-made gnocchi to pappardelle with its accompaniment of house-made ricotta. Agnolotti, stuffed with braised short rib meat, are first-rate. Braised rabbit with cremini mushrooms and oven-dried tomatoes is another dish we've enjoyed. Bisteca, a flat-iron steak, comes grilled as ordered; its accompaniments will vary from season to season. For dessert, go for the classic seasonal fruit crostata or the warm chocolate tart with vanilla cream. But then there’s also the bread pudding. On Sundays, the restaurant’s fixed-price, family-style supper includes numerous kid-friendly options. Valenza’s almost all-Italian wine list offers a number of choices by the glass, and includes half-priced bottles on Mondays. Owner Michel Arnette, whose growing company includes nearby Haven and Vero Pizzeria, presents lots of special events and winemaker dinners.