Valentino Ristorante Italiano to Open in Clearwater

The Italian restaurant is opening next to Days Inn by Windham
Photo: Official

The restaurant community on Gulf to Bay Boulevard west of South McMullen Booth Road in Clearwater will soon welcome a new Italian restaurant into the mix. Valentino Ristorante Italiano will open at 2930 Gulf to Bay Blvd.

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“It’s going to be a restaurant with authentic Southern Italian cuisine, with very fine dining, from Chef Ciro Mancini,” owner Veturia Preston told What Now on Thursday. “We’re looking to bring a level of service to Tampa Bay which we have not seen here. It’s a special vision that we’re bringing, kind of like stepping into the elegance of Old World Italy, but with a modern interpretation.”

The ultra-fine-dining restaurant will feature a dining room and outdoor terrace, plus five private dining rooms—including the ultra-exclusive Romeo and Julieta room, a private space just for two.

“We will have all homemade pasta, made in-house, plus caviar, oysters, and champagne,” Preston said, naming a few items off the menu. She also mentioned some tempting-sounding wagyu meatballs.

Valentino Ristorante will open next to Days Inn By Wyndham, joining the community of restaurants on Gulf to Bay Boulevard between US Highway 19 and South McMullen Booth Road, which includes eateries like Mellow Mushroom, Smokey Bones, Pete and Shorty’s Iowa Bistro, and Dunkin’.

Valenting Ristorante is expected to open on August 17. You can keep up with opening by following @valentinoclearwater on Instagram.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article has been updated following a conversation with the restaurant owner.

Chef Ciro Mancini | Photo: Official
Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.
Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney

Neil Cooney is a freelance writer. He has received an MFA in Creative Writing from Syracuse University, and his work has been published in the Masters Review. He lives in Nashville, TN, where he spends his free time cooking Korean food and studying chess.

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