Valentino’s Ristorante Italiano has been open for a few years now and they draw in a crowd almost every night of the week, for very good reason.
Valentino’s is a family-owned and operated restaurant and when we say family, expect to see cousins, nieces and nephews of the owner working here. We usually sit at the bar and our server is usually Niko with an accent reminiscent of a character from The Godfather.
On our most recent visit there, we tried the Joey Tribbiani-tribute, How You Doin’ entrée (photo at top), which is served with breaded chicken or veal, red sauce, melted mozzarella, creamy aurora sauce, feta cheese and chopped hot cherry peppers. It’s like chicken or veal mozzarella, but the aurora sauce, feta cheese and hot cherry peppers add a nice twist.
If you prefer a more traditional pasta dish, red sauce, and lots of delicious flavors, then you should check out the Fuggedaboutit, which includes chicken, shrimp, Italian sausage, mushrooms, roasted red peppers, pepperoncini, over bowtie pasta and served with a creamy lobster base sauce. It’s everything your long-lost Italian cousin would say you need to order.
We never have room for dessert, but we ordered their bread pudding to go this time. And it was worth every calorie it contained and then some. We would gladly go to the gym for a week afterward to work it off, but instead, we chose to fuggedaboutit and just enjoyed it instead.
Valentino's Ristorante Italiano, 2507 Lakeview Pkwy (Rowlett). Open 4-10 p.m. Tuesday - Thursday, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday, closed Monday.