Since the streets of New York have been a snowy mess of late, the Mister and I were reluctant to travel long distances from our apartment for dinner (stepping in dark pools of melted sludge at night would make anyone hesitant). Therefore, the other night we decided to check out Il Valentino Osteria, a local Italian resto that just opened up on the corner of 59th and 1st ave. Seeing the extensive pasta and pizza options on the menu and the fact we were both in the mood for something warm and carby loaded, this choice made perfect sense.
|Exterior: Source Il Valentino Osteria|
The restaurant is nice and cozy on the inside, with its warm wood tables and its fiery brick pizza oven roaring in the back – the quintessential definition of a neighborhood spot. The Mister, who was feeling guilty of missing several of his weekly spin classes, decided to go the healthy route to start with the Rape Rosse ($11), a spinach salad made with beets, honey, walnuts, and goat cheese. The salad was generously portioned and the sweetness of the honey and beets melded very well with the richness of the goat cheese and walnuts.
|Pasta Nera con Gamberi e Asparagi|
|Linguini Mare e Monti|
Il Valentino Osteria
1078 1st Avenue
New York, NY 10022