A Freehold, NJ Dining Review
4241 Route 9 North
Fare: Traditional Southern Italian
Price: Moderate - Expensive
Note: Four star Rating System from no stars = poor to Four stars = Best in Class
Food is well priced, served in huge portions.
Desserts are excellent ----made on the premises.
Food preparation lacks fresh ingredients. Many menu items use reheated or frozen ingredients.
Menu has become tired. They rotate the same 4-5 daily specials, offering 2-3 at a time
Service is inconsistent. Other than Anthony the owner, the wait staff is poorly trained.
Doesn't have a separate party room. Adjacent tables be overwhelmed with noise from a large group.
Noise Level: Moderate - High (when seated near a large group)
Recommended For: Diners who enjoy "Old World" dining with traditional Italian food served in huge portions, covered with heavy sauces.
Not Recommended For: Diners who prefer high end fine dining with food prepared using fresh farm-to-table ingredients
Recommended dishes: When available, The Jumbo Lump Crab Meat Stuffed Tilapia; The Orecchiette Broccoli Rabe & Sausage; and The Chicken Lydia
Liquor: BYOB. Local New Jersey Domenico wines are available by the bottle
Valentino's Ristorante is popular with neighborhood diners, especially with price conscious discount coupon holders looking for reasonably priced Italian food.
Valentino's is a below par Italian restaurant in the Freehold/Manalapan area ---- a community over saturated with mediocre, over sauced Italian restaurants
The dining patrons are typically senior citizens who come to enjoy reasonably priced food served in huge portions.
This is an old world restaurant that uses heavy sauces to compensate for the lack of fresh ingredients. It is recommended that before ordering you ask if the ingredients are fresh and of good quality ----- not previously frozen, re-heated, or farm raised.
With such a large selection of menu items. Valentino's being a small restaurant with low turnover, has a difficult time stocking fresh ingredients brought in daily for every menu item.
Owned and operated by Anthony Elfashiny, he is always in view as he welcomes diners and takes dining orders. .
The service is inconsistent. Diners who are attended to by Anthony can expect to receive very friendly, attentive, and energetic attention. Dinners who are not attended by Anthony are less fortunate.
For best service, go on Thursday --- an off night,
The decor is softly lit, the walls and carpeting are earth green pleasing tones with murals, and tables set with earth toned table linens. On cold evenings, you can warm up near the attractive gas heated fireplace.
The acoustics are excellent and with tables spaced comfortably apart.
However, on evenings when there are no large group parties or entertainment, you can enjoy quiet conversation without having to shout above your neighboring tables noise.
To ensure your dining experience is an enjoyable one, it is suggested you call ahead to find out what entertainment is planned for the evening and whether there is a large group party expected.
As a draw for increased attendance, Valentino's often provides some form of entertainment, i.e., Italian Bingo or Psychic night.
Valentino's is child friendly with a children's menu.
If all this is in line with your taste preferences and budget, and you are fortunate to have Anthony overseeing your table service, Valentino's Ristorante is a good choice for your dining experience.
Valentino's is open six days/week;
Tuesday - Thursday 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday 4:00pm - 11:00pm, & Sunday 3:00pm - 9:00pm
(updated May, 2015)
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