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Restaurant Week|Summer ’17 Recap| Valanni 

What better way to celebrate the last days of summer than by dining out during Restaurant Week? Sounds like a good time to me! This go round we dined at Valanni, a Mediterranean Restaurant in Center City. Our reservations were for nine Friday evening but due to the high demand from Restaurant Week, the kitchen was backed up, which means we didn’t get seated promptly. This was no problem as it gave us an opportunity to retire to the bar and take in the lovely decor. 

Seasonal Sangria with Berries and Watermelon

Now I’m not going to lie. The presentation was beautiful but the Sangria was severely underwhelming. It was very watered down but luckily the remainder of the night didn’t follow suit. We were seated shortly after.  

Restaurant Week Menu- Valanni

For my first course I chose the Spicy Pulled Pork Empanadas. They were both sweet and spicy but very delicious. 😋

By the time the second course came out, I was ready to eat, or so I thought. I went with the Pasta of the Day which featured a pasta (whose name I can’t remember) topped with braised short rib, tomatoes, spinach and parmesan cheese. What looked like a small portion ended up being more than I could eat so I ended up taking the rest home to enjoy. 

For the third and final course, I chose the Oreo Beignet–a fried Oreo Cookie with vanilla bean ice cream topped with oreo cookie crumbs and caramel. Believe me when I say it was worth every calorie earned that night!

Another satisfied customer! 

Valanni is definitely on my list of places to return to whether Restaurant Week or not. The food was amazing and I fell in love with the chic décor!  But don’t take my word for it! Restaurant Week was just one week this time instead of two. You still have 2 days until Restaurant Week it’s over. Get out while you still can! 

What places have you been dying to try? 

– A Black Girl About Town 

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