Valentino's Heaton Moor - My favourite of all time!
It was on walking up to the Moor Top (nickname for the Heaton Moor main drag of shops and pubs), we spotted a new Italian that had opened for business. We had to investigate and were so impressed it became a weekly pilgrimage. It opened in 1989 and is still thriving today. There success, other than food and ambience, is mainly down to the fact that as they have thrived and grown over the years, they have not rammed any more seats in there and treat every customer so well regardless of the occasion. Popularity has not made this family run business drop their standards in any way (Shakil's stop resting on your Loral's). The menu is largely the same to this day. Not many independently owned establishments last 25 years. It's longevity speaks for itself.
|An intimate, Italian restaurant|
It is fair to say that I have sampled everything off the menu in my time. I like to focus on pasta's and calzone's these days as they are second to none. The house wines are excellent and the staff are amazing. It really is a little gem in a quiet suburban area but I have not found anywhere even close to this place. I have fond memories there and always find time to go on a nostalgia trip every time I am in Manchester. I keep willing local Italians to recreate this level of quality and I have been to loads of them in search - I am let down every time. When I tell myself to disregard Valentino's, other establishments are pretty good. Below are some of my favourite dishes that I have had most recently - if you go, be sure to have the Costellete di Maiate - ribs in the chefs special sauce too. All of it is yum!
|Funghi alla Valentino's - creamy winey garlicy mushrooms|
|Gamberi Romana - Garlic Prawns|
|Calzone Chef - stuffed, folded pizza with that special tomato garlic sauce|
|The best garlic bread ever!|
|The best onion bread I have ever had|
And there endeth the review of my favourite ever restaurant. If blogs had been invented in 1989, I'd have done it sooner lol!