great byob. the food and service is great a caffe valentino. my friends and i went last night and had a great evening. the specials were delicious. i started with grilled langostino, very fresh. for entree i had the red beet fettucini with jumbo shrimp in a spicy red sauce. so good. the only down side was that i ate too much and only could have a spoonful of tiramisu which was awesome. highly recommended.
Terrible Experience. I went to this place with a big group and had the worst time ever. They took forever, served crap, and charged us top price. I often eat at different byo restaurants in philly so I know whats around and this was by far my least favorite. Others such as La Viola as L'Angolo are much smaller but WAY MORE enjoyable. For $40 per person we were disrespected by being served a plate of mixed greens (nothing else in the salad, literally only mixed greens), penne a la vodka that tasted and looked like kraft easy mac & cheese (definitely not vodka sauce...which i know is supposed to be pinkish not orange), and for dessert...well it didn't even matter because I had lost my appetite and patience by the 3rd hour of being completely ripped off by Caffe Valentino.
Best place for Italian Food!!!. I love this place because the food is great! We are the returning customers and always love Antonio's food (the main chef). I like his stile of cooking: grilled vegetables (perfectly cooked), no butter added to meat of fish - very important to me.
Awful Awful Awful!.
My boyfriend and I had reservations there for Valentines Day as well. I was really excited about the menu and the date in general. However, as we showed up to a lobby stuffed with people, the mood seemed to change. Not only were there people waiting since 7pm when we showed up for our 8pm reservations, there was no hostess as the door. After 10 minutes of deciding whether or stay or go, the host called our name (out of nowhere) we went up to the dining room feeling like we had won the lottery. Except that it took 20 more minutes to get a corkscrew and freezing cold bread. The food was ok (my medium rare filet came out like a mcdonalds hamburger and had to send it back), but the service was awful!! The waitresses walked past us multiple times, and seemed to care less whether we were enjoying ourselves or our food. We had to order our desert twice because she "forgot". To top it off they added 20% for UNDESERVED gratuity!! The only good thing there was the cute little old man playing the piano.
I understand it was a busy night for restaurants but I will never go back based on our experience. Just Awful!
Awful Experience!. My wife and I booked this place for Valentine's Day. We were excited to try somewhere new. Our reservations were for 9pm. We were seated 45 minutes late. Twenty minutes went by before anyone bothered to acknowledge that we were seated. Fortunately, I brought my own bottle opener to uncork our wine. I had to lend it to the table next to us so we could at least have a drink to celebrate. Once the food arrived, the portions were small, but that was overlooked because the food was awful anyway. At 11:45pm, I asked the manager what was taking so long for us to get our food. He just looked at me smuggly, shrugged his shoulders and said, "Whadiya wanna do?" Needless to say, we grabbed our things and left. The ownership of this facility should really rethink whether they should be in the restaurant business. The decor looks great and the place has a lot of potential, but the service and the quality of food have a long way to go to even be considered mediocre.
Best BYOB. I love this place! The food is delicious and well priced. The new banquet room/dining room is beautiful. I'm planning my friends wedding shower there.
Most authentic in Philly. Having visited Italy many times, the food here is authentic and extremly fresh. Unusual and creative appetizers leave your taste buds waiting for more. Pasta was perfectly "al dente"and pleasantly light but flavorfull. And the entrees live up to the same ,with fresh fish filleted at tableside .The ambience is relaxed but attentive, and would recomend this restaurant to anyone looking for the most authentic Italian food and atmosphere , short of being in Italy itself.
GREAT ITALIAN BYOB. We were 8 dining last Saturday night; a great experience; service was wonderful; ambiance delightful. Loved the Italian music playing in the background. Appetizers were delicious...great selections. One downfall...serving 8 people dinner entrees at once may have caused the food on our platters get cold. Our food was not hot; it was luke warm. They need to work on that....it's not going to stop us from going back.....we loved it!
Welcome Pennsport Addition. Just across Washington Ave from Queen Village lies a gem waiting for unearthing. Caffe Valentino is the "little sister" to Valentino's (13th and Pine). However, sibling rivalry aside, Caffe Valentino's offerings are freshly prepared and wonderfully executed. Try the Italiano Antipasto. Assorted cheeses and meats served on a butcher block. The Tuna carpacchio which is paired with fresh greens with a tart and tangy vinaigrette, will dissolve on your tongue. Dinner specials abound and are always worth a try. The fish is exceptionally fresh. My personal favorite is the Veal Piccatta. Light, delicate and a true delight for the palate. The staff is intimate, charming and always there if needed. You will not be disappointed.
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