Sunday, February 27, 2011

Villa Valenti Restaurant & Wedding Catering Review

Being a wedding disc jockey by trade, people ask me from time to time, what I recommend for venues and catering. They all seem to want homestyle quality with down-to-earth prices and good people who pay attention to fine detail. I think Villa Valenti’s could be the right answer for your wedding.

The restaurant is fantastic and their catering is, too. If you really want the Italian wedding feel for your reception, or are just looking for the right place for your rehearsal dinner, I would definitely give them a call. And the best thing about booking Villa Valenti is you are not going in blind. You can check them out any day of the week.

The Albany area’s premier Italian restaurant, bar none, is Villa Valenti’s in on West Sand Lake Road in Wynantskill. The Villa Valenti Restaurant has spent over 50 years perfecting a home-style experience for their huge list of regular clientele. The atmosphere is perfect to bring your special someone out for a great dining experience. Just on the outskirts of Troy, NY, you get a nice woodsy country backdrop, without the drive. Inside, the comfy booths and tables, a classy and friendly bar, and their small banquet room fit for fifty make Valenti’s a place you will want to go back to again and again.

The service is phenomenal. Drinks are always full and the staff checks on you regularly. One of the waitresses has been there so long, like almost twenty years, and she says she feels like she is part of the Valenti’s family. This restaurant has a way of doing that. They start you off with their signature “well-worth-the-carbs” warm baked oven rolls and home-made Italian bread sticks with a savory garlic olive oil dip.

After you decide on an appetizer like tender Braciole, zesty brushetta or mouth-watering fried calamari, you have to also remember that Villa Valenti’s salad bar is waiting in the wings. Save room. Valenti’s famous salad bar, with fresh garden ingredients, pasta salads, and my favorite sautéed mushrooms, is meal-worthy in itself.

Known for their prize-winning homemade sauce (now available at select grocers like Hannaford), you also have to save space in your stomach for pasta. Their pasta selection includes their patented own Angel Hair pasta made on the premises, as well as delectable Fettucini, Linguine, Tortellini, Cavatelli Satchitine, and Gnocchi.

Are you hungry? We haven’t even discussed the massive menu. The choices are endless. Whether you are in the mood for a great chicken eggplant, or veal parm, the best Rollatini on earth, or a hearty lasagna that can’t be beat, Villa Valenti’s serves all the Italian traditions at mastery level and beyond. And that’s not all, Valenti’s also has a great seafood selection, a huge veal dish selection, and arguably the best prime rib in the Capital District, weighing in at a whopping 20 ounces of scrumptiousness.

I have never been very good at physics. The dessert is great I hear, but to be honest, with the enormous dinner portions and salad bar, I never get to even think about trying their Sicilian Canoli, Tiramisu, or a slice of homemade cheesecake. Maybe one day.

We go there every chance we get. It really is an enjoyable experience everytime and can also be a lot of fun.

They have a neat little birthday promotion where you get a free meal during the week with the purchase of another meal! Now tell me, who does something in today's economy like this anymore?!

Without hesitation I recommend Villa Valenti. Two thumbs up. "Molto Bene!"


  1. If you are looking for a great place to do wedding ceremonies, I would like to suggest visiting Long Island country club in Bellport, NY. I've heard a lot of great reviews and reactions from the people who went there to catch a wedding event.

  2. Probably a great place, but not so much if you are in the Troy & Albany, NY areas.. lol!

  3. This is a lovely wedding reception venue. I've been to Long Island catering halls and it's as beautiful and romantic as this one. They serve delicious wedding menu too.

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