I so wish we had more time in Bournemouth to eat at Valentino's again!
We were disappointed on our first night as we didn't realise how popular this little restaurant is, and didn't book a table in advance. Our second night we knew better and phoned ahead of time. I'm so glad that we did! The service we received was excellent. Although we were treated with great professionalism, all of the staff treated us like friends who had popped in. The atmosphere was friendly and buzzing. It was definitely busy but didn't have that chaotic edge that can happen in some restaurants and the staff took it in their stride. There was definitely a homey feel - I can't remember the last time I had a hand-written bill rather than a machine-printed one! On our way out the door, when we said our goodbyes to who I assume was the manager, we received warm handshakes and cheek kisses.
I had the salmon main and was pleasantly surprised at how large it was. The first bite had me sold - I grew up on the West Coast of Canada and my father is a fisherman, so I've always been picky when it comes to seafood. The salmon I had is, by far, the best salmon I've had since moving to the UK. The sauce was gorgeous and it perfectly complimented the incredibly tender fish. The vegetables (new potatoes, cauliflower and spinach) were cooked to perfection. My mouth is watering again just thinking about it and I couldn't stop telling my table how delicious my fish was.
Dessert was an absolute treat. I had the Torte Della Nonna with a bit of ice cream on the side. The crust was lovely and baked to perfection, and the filling was lusciously creamy. It was the perfect end to a perfect meal.
Many thanks to the Valentino's staff for starting our evening off on the right foot. The next time we're in Bournemouth we'll be back!
-Jasmyn Rose Rutledge-Stich
It's just an amazing place to have proper Italian food. I very much enjoyed listening to calming music as I ate my square pizza. The service was wonderful, friendly staff and amazing food. I would recommend everyone to come and eat here.
-Cathline DeadAngel Wilcox
Incredible food and such a lovely atmosphere. The owner is so friendly and made sure to go around checking on each table and stopping to talk. Would highly recommend this place!
Our family has been coming to Valentino's for over 20 years now. Always good value for great fresh food and run by a lovely family, headed by the unrivalled Giuseppe. Always entertaining!
We have been coming here for many years. Excellent food, so friendly. Brilliant with the children. Would highly recommend.
-Tracy Worrell Frost
Great food and lovely staff, very friendly and relaxed. The lasagne was to die for!
The most delicious Italian meal ever! Food is so tasty, large portions and reasonably priced. Service is lovely and very family friendly. We will definitely be back!
Definitely recommend this friendly, family run restaurant. Very friendly owner and staff, great food and amazing ambience. Can't believe I'm in Bournemouth, I actually feel like I'm in Italy But don't make the same mistake I did, don't just turn up in the evening, highly recommend you book as it's VERY popular! Will definitely be back next time we're in Bournemouth.
Excellent food, friendly, warm staff. Best Italian food we've ever tasted. Thank you
Found this restaurant this evening... WOW excellent food cooked to perfection, staff weren't bad either, lovely and friendly... I will definitely be back and would highly recommend.