Piero Selvaggio Revisits the Past and Looks to the Future with Dishes Inspired by Chefs Nadia Santini and Marcella Hazen
Valentino in Santa Monica is gearing up for a momentous fortieth anniversary next December 2012, and owner Piero Selvaggio, recently nominated as a semifinalist for Outstanding Restaurateur of the Year by the James Beard Foundation, has already begun his plans for celebrating the staying power of his ground-breaking fine dining restaurant that brought authentic Italian food and culture to Los Angeles. In collaboration with the talents of Executive Chef Nico Chessa, Selvaggio will celebrate Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 13, 2012, with a menu inspired by the cooking of Nadia Santini and Marcella Hazan, two giants in the Italian food world.
Beginning with a Stuzzichini of Fava Beans and Chicken Liver Spread with Carta Musica Flat Bread, guests may choose an antipasti of Eggplant and Tomato Terrine with Basil Flowers and Tuscan Olive Oil; Salad of Tuna with Date Mostarda Dressing; or Mussels and Bean Soup. The Secondi offers a choice of Tajarin with Napa Valley Quail Ragu; Burrata Cheese and Herb Tortelli with Brown Butter; Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cremona Fruit Chutney; Red Snapper in Crazy Water; or Veal Rollatini with Leeks and White Wine. Pastry Chef Marco Manca will serve an authentic Sicilian Cassata and “A Farm Wife’s Pear Tart” with Classic Venetian Sgroppino for dessert. As a special thank you, Selvaggio will present a flute of prosecco to every mother for a toast.
Pricing for the three course Mother’s Day menu is $55 per guest, inclusive of prosecco for every mother. Other beverages, taxes and gratuities are excluded. Valentino will also have the entire à la carte dinner menu and exceptional wine pairings available à la carte. Reservations are suggested for this popular holiday and may be made from 5:00 – 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 13, 2012. And, the entire of May will continue to celebrate Italian Mothers with a special prix fixe menu available nightly, inspired by great women chefs in Italian cuisine, including Santini and Hazan, among others.
Valentino’s wine cellar is renowned for its comprehensive library of vintages. You may discover values such as a 2010 Santadi Vermentino from Sardegna; 2009 Il Feuduccio Pecorino from Abruzzi; 2010 Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand; 2008 Gulfi Nero d’Avola; or a 2008 Beni di Batasiolo Barbera d’Alba.
“I was all of 26 when I embarked in a true life journey, and I’m proud to say that Valentino remains among the rare classic restaurants of this city. We have always strived to evolve our cuisine along with the tastes of our customers and changing culinary trends, while keeping our standards of exemplary style and service. I’m proud to be part of the growth of Italian Cucina in America,” says Selvaggio.
Selvaggio is eager for both regular and new diners to experience this venerable fine dining destination. He’s planning a series of celebrations throughout the year to commemorate Valentino’s achievement with visiting Italian guest chefs. The recent visit with Dario Cecchini, the legendary Italian butcher, was a sellout; upcoming special guests include an evening with Darrell Corti, the world’s most knowledgeable expert in food and wine.
With its intimate dining rooms, unsurpassed wine cellar, and the consummate graciousness of owner Piero Selvaggio, Valentino remains the favored destination for some of the best dining in Los Angeles. Valentino has consistently been named among the city’s most romantic restaurants by journalists and travel guides; the restaurant was awarded one of the Top 10 Romantic Restaurants, Top 10 Wine Lists, Top 10 Italian Restaurants in Los Angeles by Gayot.com in 2011 and best 101 Restaurants in America by The Daily Meal in 2012.
Among the numerous awards and accolades the restaurant and owner Piero Selvaggio have received over the years count James Beard Awards in three different categories, the California Restaurant Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004 and Wine Spectator’s Grand Award, which the restaurant has garnered each year since 1981. Valentino, which received a stellar review and three star rating by by S. Irene Virbila of the Los Angeles Times in 2010, is consistently recognized for its premier dining by Bon Appetit, Food and Wine, LA Weekly, Zagat, and Citysearch and has received a coveted one star rating from the Michelin Guide for Los Angeles.
Reservations for the Valentino dining room may be made by phone or on the internet at www.Valentinorestaurants.com or www.OpenTable.com.
sample menu for Mother’s Day follows.
For more information or reservations, call:
Valentino ۰3115 Pico Boulevard ۰ Santa Monica, CA 90405
LA FESTA DELLA MAMMA AT VALENTINO RISTORANTE
From Our Mothers to Your Mothers
Inspired by Nadia Santini and Marcella Hazan’s Recipe Collection
MOTHER’S DAY MENU
May 13, 2012
Fava Beans and Chicken Liver Spread with Carta Musica Flat Bread
Eggplant and Tomato Terrine with Basil Flowers and Tuscan Olive Oil
Salad of Tuna with Date Mostarda Dressing
Mussels and Bean Soup
Tajarin with Napa Valley Quail Ragu
Burrata Cheese and Herb Tortelli with Brown Butter
Duck Breast with Balsamic Vinegar and Cremona Fruit Chutney
Red Snapper in Crazy Water
Veal Rollatini with Leeks and White Wine
Sicilian Cassata and “A Farm Wife’s Pear Tart” with Classic Venetian Sgroppino
$55 per person
complimentary flute of prosecco for every mother
beverages, taxes and gratuity excluded