Atlanta >Food & Dining > Valenza Restaurant
1441 Dresden Dr NE Ste 100, Atlanta, GA | Directions 3031933.860923 -84.330540
Mon - Thu, 5pm - 10pm; Fri, Sat, 5pm - 11pm
Delicious! – In the search for a great Italian restaurant in ATL we found Valenza. No wait on a Friday night, although I bet that will change as word gets out, good service (maybe a little too efficient, had food before we had even finished our first glass of wine), delicious pasta. I ordered the Papparedelle and it was amazing. The spaghettini (spaghetti and meatballs) was not as good, mainly because the sauce was a little too simple and not very tomatoey. Wine selection was good. We didnt get a salad but we saw many to other tables that looked fresh and yummy. We will definately come back here.
great food value and service – I work near Valenza and eat at the restaurant often, aswell as HAVEN. They are both great restaurants with great wine lists and food. I highly suggest visiting both establishments ( owned by the same people ). Calamari is the best ive ever had and the rabbit is amazing!
Great Upscale Dining in Brookhaven – We started out at the bar and had a great time tasting a couple of wines before deciding on a bottle of Newton. The bartender (I didn't catch his name) was knowledgeable and a joy to talk with. He was not only enthusiastic about the wine but also about the food and described his favorite dishes in loving detail to us. By the time we got to our table the choices were easy.
The waiter, I think his name was Chris, was also great and made our experience memorable. His timing was impeccable and we didn't feel the least bit rushed during the entire dinner.
The food was amazing! Based upon the description from the bartender, we started out with the cozze which was delicious and the perfect size for us to share. For the main course my wife had the agnolotti and I had the risotto. Both were succulent and would recommend them to anyone without reservation. I especially enjoyed the scallops as they were seasoned and cooked to perfection.
Dessert was a surprise as the bartender convinced us that whatever he picked out for us we would love and he was right! The ricotta zeppole was a dessert we will both remember for a long time, fantastic!
Best gnocchi's! – In a town which lacks good Italian restaurants, I was very happy to find valenza. Everything we've ordered has been great and service is consistent. My fav is the gnocchis. Seriously, you don't get it this good outside of italy. Best of all, the chef will make me gorgonzola sauce to go with it. I'm in heaven. All of you that think Gnocchi is a piece of dough with sauce, go eat the real deal at Valenza.
Don't Bother! – Total letdown! High prices and good environment but my pork tenderloin wrapped in proscuioto was like licking a salt block. It was tough and so salty I couldn't finish it. For prices that high, the food needs to be better. Hubby had a pasta dish that was average at best. Not worth the money!!
Northern Italian finds its way to Brookhaven, in the former MIX digs – In Short
While Atlanta seems to be overrun with upscale, northern-Italian eateries, Valenza holds its own with classy dishes and a disarming, non-pretentious wait staff. The wood-beamed, rustic dining room is sectioned into small nooks for an expected charming vibe, while not skimping on the Brookhaven essentials such as white linens and fresh silverware each course. The calamari appetizer is grilled rather than fried--the normal rubbery consistency softened to an almost buttery texture--and a smattering of pine nuts proides a nice crunchy balance. The velvety butternut squash ravioli is the melt-in-your-mouth-highlight of the menu, and for a split second gives you the idea that maybe these vegetarian folks are on to something. All dishes are served a la carte which makes sharing the trendy and easy option, which isn't a bad idea considering the moderately-expensive price tag. It won't give Sotto Sotto a run for their money, but certainly is a worthy neighborhood addition.
Outstanding Italian! – I must disagree with the last review, as I find dining at Valenza to be a wonderful experience. I have been into the restaurant a number of times since it opened and have always had a marvelous time. The service and the food have never been anything other than magnificent, and the staff has gone above and beyond to please. The owner is extremely welcoming, and he maintains a constant presence in the restaurant that contributes to the unique ambiance. I have recommended Valenza to all of my family and friends, and have gotten nothing but thanks for the good recommendation. Trust me, Valenza will exceed your expectations.
Not recommended. Although the food isn't too bad, service and general attention to customers is poor. – I had a very disappointing evening at Valenza. They seem much more interested in moving people through the restaurant than in making the evening a memorable one. This is too bad as it would seem to have much going for it. When I complained about the poor service and treatment, the Manager (allegedly the owner) was unapologetic and unconcerned. Needless to say, I will never return nor will I ever recommend this restaurant to others. Indeed, I found the manager's response to be so offensive that I will probably recommend that people not go. Food isn't bad - actually pretty good - but the overall attitude of the management and staff is such that it makes what could have been a pleasant evening memorable in that I will now never return. Indeed, my memory will be one of very poor service and treatment. THINK TWICE before going to this restaurant. There are many better places to spend an evening.
Excellent in Every Way! – While I can't articulate as poetic a review as my 2 predecessors, I can say that I wholeheartedly agree that this is an excellent neighborhood restaurant. The grilled calamari (almost impossible to find in the fried food mecca that is The South) is fantastic, and the orecchiette (with sausage, rabe, chili) had exactly the right sausage-to-pasta ratio with just the right amount of chili "kick, " enhanced, of course, by a glass of Barbara Di Asti vino. The wine selection is great and wines by the glass are reasonably priced (compared to other restaurants in their catagory). The best part? They actually FILL the glass ABOVE halfway! A great place for a first date, a 100th date, or for a few friends who just want to catch up and have a great meal.
Excellent Neighborhood Italian – We went on a double date to Valenza after seeing them featured on DailyCandy. We made reservations at 7:30pm on Friday night, and were promptly seated despited the growing crowd and long line of cars waiting for valet service. Romantic ambience was created with candlelight and a feeling of coziness. We started with a couple of appetizer salads which were delicious. I had the 'mista' and it had a great balsamic vinaigrette that was the perfect proportion to the amount of mixed greens served. I tried the butternut squash ravioli, and was instantly in love with the place. They were delicately wrapped, and the flavor was spot on. It was so delicious I was tempted to order another plateful. Everyone at the table also cleaned off their plates, so their dishes must have been really good too. We finished our dinner with an order of the hazelnut torte, which was spectacular. The ganache was so thick and rich and the bottom layer had a great texture that resembled wafers with a sparing use of walnuts. It was the perfect dessert concoction. I have to mention that the service was also superb. Our server was incredibly friendly and knowledgeable about the menu as well as the wine list. The owner also stopped by to ask about our dinner. We'll definitely be back, though judging by the amount of people that had filled the place, we're definitely going to need to make reservations next time.
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