Summer Swordfish & "Piatto Del Buon Ricordo"

Chef Chessa Creates Modern Island Dishes Inspired by Sicily and Sardinia

***Limited to stock on hand***

For the month of August, Valentino will showcase fresh swordfish as interpreted with a modern sensibility and flavors and style of the islands – Sicily and Sardinia – home to Selvaggio and Chessa. In celebration, Valentino will present a gift of a commemorative custom plate, the collector’s “Piatto del Buon Ricordo” from Valentino with each Swordfish Antipasto and Entrée ordered.

Valentino remains open in spite of rumors to the contrary and Piero Selvaggio and Executive Chef Nico Chessa are busy developing new menus of innovative dishes that break away from the past traditions, leaning to the modern, all designed with an elegant fresh look and composition to be discovered by the next generation of guests discovering Valentino, the quintessential Italian restaurant of Los Angeles.

In 1964, the Unione Ristoranti del Buon Ricordo was founded in Milan with the first 12 restaurants. Each of these restaurants has its own Buon Ricordo plate as a lasting souvenir of its dishes and hospitality. The plates are made by Ceramica Artistica Solimene in Vietri sul Mare. With their lively and brilliant colors, they are meant to recall the joy of good cooking and of genuine hospitality at the restaurants visited.

The Buon Ricordo restaurants are found all over Italy and now in a number of other countries. They serve as a reference map of eating and drinking “all’italiana” and represent a synthesis of the concept of Italian cuisine all over the globe. Today in addition to Valentino, there are 103 restaurants in Italy that celebrate Buon Ricordo, plus 12 abroad, with 9 restaurants in Japan, and one each in Hong Kong, Luxembourg and Vienna.

WHEN:
August 1 – 31, 2013
Served Tuesday through Saturday
5:00 p.m to closing
$25 for swordfish appetizer; $45 for swordfish entrée, including the commemorative Valentino “Piatto del Buon Ricordo”

WHY:
In continued celebration of the food and culture of the islands of Sicily and Sardinia and a dedication to keeping Valentino among the finest of Italian restaurants in Los Angeles.

WHERE:
VALENTINO
3115 Pico Blvd,
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.829.4313
http://www.valentinosantamonica.com

MENU:
Celebrating Swordfish in the Style of the Islands

Antipasto
Swordfish Carpaccio with a Salad of Fresh Figs, Heirloom Tomatoes, Olives and Capers
$25

Entree
Orange Zest and Oregano Scented Swordfish Steak "Ai Ferri" with Peach, Red Onions,
Pomodorini, Garbanzo and Fava Beans Sprinkled with Bottarga
$45