Café Valentino: "Very nice Italian Cuisine - and open again!!!" Top 5 Page for this destination Cafe Valentino Tip by Kakapo2
Cafe Valentino, Christchurch: 4 reviews and 4 photos
Update 21 November 2012 - Café Valentino has reopened!
I use the bigger font size to announce this great news: Café Valentino - which was so badly damaged that it had to be demolished after the earthquakes - has reopened in St. Asaph Street :-)) The owner could even retrieve photos and artwork from the old place before the diggers went in.
The new address:
168 Saint Asaph Street, Christchurch Central, Christchurch 8013
(located between Colombo and Durham Streets, close to the central bus station and South City Mall)
Phone (03) 377 1886
Post-earthquake update June 2011
Sadly, this wonderful place has been demolished since the earthquake on 22 February 2011. The owner is keen to build a new place at the same site as soon as possible.
Although we have not made any bad experience there, you sometimes hear or read of very disappointed customers who complain about rude waiting staff, long waiting times, bad food, odd seating and unbearable noise. We, however, have always been delighted with the food and the service when we were having dinner at Valentino. We are no real regulars though, as there is such a big choice of restaurants, and I am quite good in cooking Italian myself, so do not always need it when we dine out. But we go there every now and then.
We have tried the breads and dips (focaccia bruschetta with four pestos), minestrone, pizza and pasta, and tiramisů. Everything was fine. The tiramisú is seriously delicious.
The menu is extensive, so sometimes it is rather hard to decide what to eat. (And the size of the menus is so large that you would nearly need bigger tables LOL)
Apart from the breads the starters are rather expensive, whereas the prices for pasta and pizza are very well priced for Christchurch standards. Mains about $30.
The atmosphere is warm and inviting, not like so many cool Italian places that have the warmth of a freshly tiled bathroom.
As Valentino is very popular, especially on the weekend, and big groups regularly show up, conversations can become a little difficult at times. But the - normally - very good food makes up for this.
Update 17 Dec 2008
I have been back at Café Valentino this week with friends and was pleasantly surprised that they have not raised their prices for pasta. Whereas in other restaurants you pay up to $ 29 for relatively simple pasta dishes, and the atmosphere is not nearly as nice as in Café Valentino, their price range is from $ 16.50 to 20.50 (marinara). We were all totally delighted with the dishes. So again a very good experience.
Update 21 Dec 2009
In the meantime we have been back several times, and I have developed a special liking for tagliatelle pollo e pistaccio, pasta with small chicken cubes, pistaccio nuts and grapes. The last time it was a bit bland but after adding some salt and pepper it was very nice.
Update 15 February 2011
This restaurants remains a delight. I dare to say, it is the best value of the iconic restaurants in Christchurch. It is also fun to sit on the bar stools at the high tables on the footpath for drinks before dinner.
Address: 813 Colombo Street
Price Comparison: about average
Directions: North of Cathedral Square, half-way between Cathedral Square and Bealey Avenue, next to the corner of Peterborough Street.
Phone: (03) 377 1886, Fax (03) 377 0061
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