When Pangaea—the earth's greatest rock supergroup—broke up, many fans blamed it on the high-heeled wiles of Europe's inseparable girlfriend, Italia. Discover a sweeter side to the globe's Yoko with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Italian fare at Valente's Restaurant in Watervliet.
Since 1958, chefs instilled with family knowledge and recipes passed down through generations have prepared classic and modern takes on Italian dishes at Valente's. The lunch menu bursts forth with the steadfast caesar salad, coated with imported parmesan and a house-made dressing that delicately flows over crisp romaine lettuce like a blow-up mattress over white-water rapids ($7.50). A cranberry-turkey sandwich packages roasted turkey with cranberry mayonnaise between leaves of whole-wheat bread ($7.25), and pasta with meatballs tantalizes taste buds with a choice of six different pasta shapes, including fettuccine and Alfred Hitchcock silhouettes ($9.50). Nine veal dishes lead the charge on the dinner menu—the batter-dipped scaloppine francais arrives sautéed in a lemon-butter sauce ($14.95), and the reliable standard eggplant parmigiana shoos away hunger pangs ($14.95).
A lot can happen over the course of 55 years. People come and go, babies are hatched, and kids grow up. But some things never change, things like the family recipes used at Valente’s Restaurant. The Valentes opened the eatery back in 1958, and since then, have been serving many of the same dishes Nadine Valente created in Italy all those years ago.
The menu features a wide variety of familiar Italian classics, from veal cacciatore to fettucine carbonara, all served alongside grilled-to-order steaks, chops, and fresh seafood. It also features the more recently invented Three Little Pigs mac ’n’ cheese, which coats noodles, Italian ham, bacon, and salami in a creamy cheese sauce. This award-winning favorite is now available frozen at Price Chopper Supermarkets and other local stores.