Pasta became a staple of Italian fare after Emperor Caligula famously elevated a plate of lasagna to the Roman Senate. Feast on political recipes with today’s Groupon to Valente’s Restaurant in Watervliet. Choose between the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of Italian cuisine for dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of Italian cuisine for lunch.<p>
Family-run since its inception in 1958, Valente’s Restaurant channels familial tradition at every turn while sizzling, stirring, and serving authentic Italian cuisine catalogued on dinner and lunch menus. The fettuccine carbonara ($10.95), one of more than a dozen pasta specialties, tangles forks in a mesh of alfredo sauce, imported parmesan, and imported bacon, and the sausage-laden baked lasagna ($9.95) taunts taste buds with four melty cheeses.
Dinnertime diners revel in the eatery’s specialty Three Little Pigs mac ‘n’ cheese ($19.95), which couples fresh Italian ham, bacon, and salami with three Italian cheeses bustled to tables from the kitchen by a wolf with capacious lungs. Guests can also mollify seafood cravings with the shrimp parmigiana ($16.95), lightly breaded shrimp sautéed in olive oil and topped with mozzarella and tomato sauce.
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.