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Valentinos Italian Restaurant

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Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
+64 7-386 8821
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London, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

No way did we expect food this good from a small-town Italian restaurant with a cheesy neon sign above a chartered accountants' office in a pokey two-storey building. Such a pleasant surprise! The foccacia bread was well seasoned with herbs and garlic butter and tasted as good without olive oil or butter as with. We ordered the special pasta of... More 

Thank Mark B
Norwich, United Kingdom
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Staying open later than other restaurants in downtown Turangi, Valentinos offers standard pasta and other wholesome Italian staples with no frills. The Bolognese and Gnocchi dishes we sampled were satisfactory and filling. I regret that I have to echo the comment of a previous reviewer about the waitress service. We ordered smaller sized pasta portions but were billed for one... More 

Thank DavidSk01
Bellaire, Michigan
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132 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 March 2017

We went here only because it was one of the few places open that day. The Italian selections were limited and expensive. We finally ordered and eventually it came. In the meantime we drank lots of water. The meat was not done properly but service was so poor that we ate it. Then she didn't bring the bill until we... More 

Thank Saluki66686
Cape Coral, Florida
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152 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

Not traditional Italian food that this Italian American is used to eating...the pizza was ok, the other three meals in our party were pretty bad. Not many restaurants in Turangi, but this was not a good choice for our party of four. Pretty dissapointed...the service was pretty efficient on the plus side

Thank captkess59
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 February 2017

I've been going to Valentinos at very irregular intervals for literally decades now so I feel a certain fondness for it. It certainly seems to polarise opinion here and while I certainly wouldn't place it in the running for NZ's best Italian restaurant (especially having been at Poderi Crisci on Waiheke Island about three days earlier) I wouldn't condemn it... More 

Thank Alasdair A
Montreal, Canada
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26 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

We wanted to get some carbs before our trip to Tongariro on the next day. We asked the waitress what was popular. I got the bolognese spaghetti and my bf had some white cream linguine. His was okay-ish but the pasta was overcooked. Mine was really bad, the sauce was brown, not red, and had a weird taste of nutmeg.... More 

Thank Audream9
Kerikeri, New Zealand
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 29 January 2017

We came here on Wednesday 25th Jan 2017 despite the awful exterior we were intrigued as the media article on the front was very positive. The calamari wasn't cooked, the kids pizzas were frozen and the overall dinner was just not nice. Felt sorry for the new waitress who kept being told of by the Owner.

1 Thank liamandjill
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3 reviews
Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came across this restaurant on a cold, rainy evening, neither of us were interested in the smokey pub across the road. While the outside appearance isn't too appealing, the food was good and decently priced. The staff were friendly and there was a cozy atmosphere.

Thank Kalia A
Nelson, New Zealand
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76 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 January 2017

There have been some pretty good Italian restaurants around and about New Zealand over the years, in Wellington and Nelson especially, but also in the central North Island, where Italian tunnelers who were employed in the late 50's and early sixties on the various hydro schemes left their marks in places like Tokora and Turangi. A generation later we can... More 

Thank Henro2010
London, United Kingdom
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2017

Sorry to write such a bad review, but this was just one bad thing after another. I would recommend going across the road to the tavern instead. We paid nearly $100 for pasta that was from the packet and I steak that tasted horrific (I don't even know how they did it). The foccacia was just normal bread chopped up.... More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: Town Centre, Turangi 2751, New Zealand
  • Location: South Pacific  >  New Zealand  >  North Island  >  Waikato Region  >  Taupo District  >  Turangi
  • Phone Number: +64 7-386 8821

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?