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Valverde Cucina Italiana
Nearby Subway Stops
M, R at Steinway St.
- Open Kitchens / Watch the Chef
- Private Dining/Party Space
Queens Blvd. to Ditmars Blvd., 69th St. to Vernon Blvd.
This venue is closed.
Former Saint Ambroeus chef Juan Hernandez set up shop at this 18-seat Northern Italian spot in late 2007. Located in an industrial corner of Long Island City, the cozy space is outfitted with antique chandeliers, a pumpkin orange paint job, and a calm open kitchen. Meals begin with a plate of sweet, house-baked focaccia served with dipping bowls of exceptional balsamic vinegar and Sicilian olive oil infused with wild oranges. Owner Johann Valverde describes the menu as “cosmopolitan Milanese,” which here translates to simple dishes executed with top-flight ingredients. Antipasti plates present silky prosciutto and pillowy buffalo mozzarella, salmon and chicken are lightly sautéed, and pastas, including freshly-made ravioli, lasagna, and gnocchi, manage to be both full-flavored and light. For dessert, even lemony ricotta cheesecake comes out delicately.Recommended Dishes
Prosciutto with buffalo mozzarella, $8.95; fettuccine amatriciana, $12.95; risotto, $13.95; ricotta cheesecake, $4.99
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