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$20 for $40 Worth of Italian Dinner and Drinks for Four
The dinner menu offers veal saltimbocca ($19.95), fettuccine with mixed mushrooms ($14.95), and jumbo-lump crab with artichoke-spinach dip ($10.95). The restaurant is cash-only, and is closed Mondays.
Delicate, black filigree forms a lacy aura around one of the dining-room doorways, resembling a wrought-iron gate. Across the room, a recessed archway frames a fireplace whose flame glows in harmony with the sconces on the green walls. This fusion of classical elegance with contemporary influences informs the menu, which comprises a mix of time-tested and innovative lunches and dinners.
Though contemporary Italian cuisine forms the menu's foundation, the restaurant also opens up its kitchen to Asian and American influences. Marbleized sauces join precarious sculptural arrangements to adorn plates with upscale panache. Valentino's specialties are long island duck, grouper marechiara, and a portobello appetizer, which can be enjoyed by themselves or as part of Valentino's three- or four-course dinner specials. Every single dessert, such as Anthony's bananas foster flambé, is made from scratch on the premises. In fact, all flambé desserts are seared right at the table, meaning guests can personally ensure their desserts' calories are burned. The restaurant features live music on Fridays.
We chose soups, the salad special and several hot appetizers. They were all excellent. My lobster bisque was exceptional.Morton P., 5/6/12
The service was impeccable overall, and the food delicious!Rachel C., 6/2/11
4241 Rte. 9 N
Freehold, New Jersey 07728