October 5, 2022


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Italian-Style Eatery Valentino’s Is Bringing Slow Food and Fast Service to the CBD Lunch Crowd

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In Italy, a tavola calda (actually translated to “hot table”) is a put that serves pre-manufactured food stuff, fast, cafeteria-style. But best get any thoughts of faculty cafeterias and food courts out of your mind now. Valentino’s is a new casual eatery from a couple of market vets bringing the tavola calda concept – featuring sturdy home-style southern Italian food – to Grenfell Road.

It is the most current job from Peter De Marco (who owns Chicco Palms, Pizza e Mozzarella Bar, Hen & Pig, Borsa and Excess Hen Salt) and his initially with pastry chef Claudio Ferraro (a single of the initial homeowners of Cibo Espresso just before it was offered to Retail Zoo). The pair is joined by Tatiana Madruga (who has worked entrance-of-dwelling at various of De Marco’s venues and will be at Valentino’s day to day) and artist and designer James Brown (who’s partnered with De Marco prior to on Chicco Palms).

Valentino’s combines the fast-informal counter company of Rooster & Pig with the hearty Italian cooking of Chicco Palms, Pizza e Mozzarella Bar and Borsa, and the standard Italian pastries of Cibo’s heyday (welcome back, ricotta cannoli and crisp, flaky sfogliatelle).

“I wished to do an antipasto bar and bakery, and just a several minor desserts – cornettos, cannoli – whichever my ability established allowed, originally,” De Marco tells Broadsheet. “Then Claude bought involved and it went from this, to…”

“Well you could possibly as very well give them almost everything,” Ferraro interjects, with a grin. “Well, it’s not every thing,” he corrects himself. “We’re only undertaking all-around 8 to 10 items of pastry, and rotating each day specials. But I have picked almost certainly the 8 to 10 most common things that I believe, from an Italian standpoint, demonstrates someone’s past. Something clicks with anyone when they take in cannolo or bomboloni.”

The nostalgia factor is present – at the very least for this writer – in the relaxation of the menu much too, with trays of residence-fashion, rustic, largely southern Italian food, organized and cooked in-dwelling just about every morning then laid out in glass cupboards for you to eye around, buy, and convey back to your table.

“Pete was describing to me [his concept for] an antipasto bar … and I claimed, ‘yeah which is tavola calda, that is specifically what it is in Italy’,” claims Ferraro.

“It’s restaurant-quality food stuff in a peaceful, everyday surroundings,” suggests De Marco. And a hearty, nourishing, and delicious lunch choice for time-very poor city place of work workers.

The spacious indoor-outdoor place sits on the floor ground of a heritage purple-brick business constructing, whose entrance, lobby and atrium not too long ago experienced a $14 million refit by Ashley Halliday Architects. Brown’s layout studio 2049 is at the rear of the Valentino’s interior, graphics and artwork curation, which is impressed by Milanese design and brutalist architecture, entire with arches, terrazzo tables, and concrete sculptures by Brown and Sabrina Sterk (with the help of Tim Hansford of Adore Concrete). Two counters – an espresso bar and an antipasto bar – are separated by the piazza-like atrium, which has a retractable roof.

The antipasto bar and open kitchen at the rear of the courtyard is the setting for an alluring visible menu of roasted eggplant stuffed with pork and veal stuffed capsicum with rice and chicken peperonata (a glistening medley of fried eggplant, potato and capsicum) ricotta and spinach gnudi, or “naked ravioli” eggplant parmigiana and slow-cooked, tacky pork and veal meatballs.

“[The concept is] impressed by destinations in Bologna and Rome, but a large amount of the foodstuff arrives from the south,” claims De Marco, whose relatives will come from Calabria.

“It’s traditional peasant foodstuff,” adds Ferraro. “It’s actual. There is no fucking about.”

There is also rooster cotoletta charcoal-grilled lamb skewers a day-to-day roast served with potato salad and fried hen encouraged by De Marco’s mum’s recipe, which was motivated by KFC. Additionally, Roman-style pizza al taglio produced with fluffy focaccia-like dough.

“We labored on [the pizza] for months to consider to get that suitable, with the fluffiness and the airiness of the dough,” suggests Ferraro. “It’s a substantial hydration, it is a very long ferment. It’s accomplished the working day right before, then in the mornings we get listed here, we fold it once more, stretch it out. It sits all over again. Which is why you get these significant attractive pockets of air.”

“It’s not southern pizza, we preferred a different design and style,” claims De Marco. “Everyone’s undertaking Neapolitan pizza. We needed a various practical experience for the punter.”

In the mornings, you will uncover a selection of brioche, toasties and focaccia, and on event a breakfast pizza. But attempt to help you save area for the sweets – the espresso bar has a basic Italian line-up of zeppole, rum baba, ricotta krafen, cornetti, a cake of the day, and extra, available all working day.

In limited, excellent luck coming back again to your desk without having a plate unquestionably brimful of foodstuff.

To drink, there’s Italian and Italian-design and style wines, cocktails and aperitivo, beers, digestivo, coffee, juice and mocktails.

Valentino’s 101

101 Grenfell Avenue, Adelaide


Mon to Thu 7am–3pm

Fri 7am–late

Sat 5pm–late



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