Valentinos Italian Restaurant, 121 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY

By | December 12, 2008

Valentino’s Italian Restaurant, 121 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY. Tel: 0161 443 1843.

This place used to be a real little hidden jewel of restaurants about ten years ago. We visited there again a couple of times recently; and my, how things have changed!

In the past, it was run by an Italian family, an earnest old cove with Italian chefs. Foxy black haired waitresses in tight black hipster trousers used to take your mind of the woman you were with. The fillet steak and ratatouille was legendary, the house wine drinkable and the atmosphere agreeable. However, that was ten years ago…….

Now it is full of new faces. Some of them may be Italian, but they have imported the service levels from the continent (as fast as the continental drift) with them. Bored uninterested looking girls as waitresses, young lads in the kitchen with hats at jaunty angles, scratching their noses and snickering, wines at £15 that you can get in Asda for £4. The fillet steak is now highly forgettable and the ratatouille and vegetables you need a microscope to see! We are talking minuscule portions.

The decor looks unchanged since opening several decades ago. They have a website here you can take a look at if you don’t believe me. The chairs are held together by right angle brackets (£2 a bag in B&Q) and still they wobble. The space is severely limited meaning that you cannot go to the toilet without moving other diners around and saying, “excuse me” five times.

The prices are not expensive particularly, yet they are over priced for that food and decor quality and forgettable service.

Our recommendation to the owners: Buy some new chairs, rearrange the tables for comfort, get some real chefs, lose the 1976 Trattoria decor, get better wines at reasonable prices, get better steak, increase vegetable portion sizes, and increase the prices a bit to pay for it. People will pay more for quality! Right now you are trading on your decade old reputation, and the experience does not live up to that any more.

The recession will close you – act now!

3 thoughts on “Valentinos Italian Restaurant, 121 Heaton Moor Rd, Heaton Moor, Stockport, SK4 4HY

  1. Sarah

    Hahaha, I can honestly say Ive never read such rubbish in all my life. This is one of my favourite restaurants and go here quite regularly and can honestly say I have never left feeling anything other than stuffed!! The portion sizes are huge, regardless of what you order. As for the waitresses, they have never been anything but pleasant and as far as I am aware the chef has remained the same for at least 15 years. I agree it may be a little cramped at times and although the decor may not be up to the usual clinical “modern” standards, it only adds to the atmosphere as far as I am concerned. One final point – I last went here only a few weeks ago and it was as packed as ever. Your recession prediction was wrong and clearly this opinion is only your own as I still find it hard to get a table at weekends. I suggest you stop visiting this restaurant to find something to complain about and free up the tables for those of us who actually like going here! Maybe somewhere like a strip club would be more suited to you if all you go to restaurants for is to perv on the “Foxy black haired waitresses in tight black hipster trousers used to take your mind of the woman you were with”. I think I have made my point, I love this restaurant and will not have a bad word said about it!! So hhmphh!!

  2. Sue Carter

    I agree with Sarah above . The same lovely family have run this establishment from day 1 . They are totally committed to the business and each member of the family has an input one way or another . Nothing has changed dramatically since it opened , they still supply good service , a terific cosy ambience , and wonderful food .
    Your facts are wrong . Go find somewhere else to criticise that deserves it , this is not the place .

  3. jack

    friendly staff
    good good food, the garlic bread is amazing.

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