We hope that the information below will help provide some answers to the questions you may have.
1. What is Valente's Cucina?
Haddonfield has no shortage of quality Italian restaurants. We believe we can add a new dimension to the scene by partnering with a local winery and creating an intimate space that pairs our small plates up with those wines. Think of our concept as part Tria, part Barbuzzo, two establishments we absolutely adore.
2. Are you Valente's Italian Specialties?
We were and we will be again. We were never able to fully execute our vision in this tiny space. So, we are playing to our strengths and combined Valente’s Italian Specialties and Cilento Sandwich Co. into Valente’s Cucina. We intend to reopen Valente’s Italian Specialties at some point.
3. Why can't I order takeout from your dinner menu?
We offer takeout from our Lunch and Family Meal menus during their hours of availability. Our dinner menu is designed to be eaten at the time of preparation. As a result, we do not want to sell you a product that will be compromised by the time you get it home to eat it.
4. Can I order a family meal for dine-in?
We are very sorry but the Family Meal menu is only available for takeout and delivery and require a minimum of two hours notice.
Additionally, the lunch menu is not available for dine-in during dinner service and the dinner menu is not available at lunchtime.
5. Do I need reservations?
We do not require reservations but our seating is very limited. So, it would not hurt to make a reservation, especially on the weekend. We take reservations through OpenTable.
6. Are there any fees we should know about?
We only have two potential fees that could be charged in addition to your order. Deliveries include a $2 delivery charge. Dine-in parties of six or more include a 18% service charge.
7. Do you still do Farmers Markets?
At this point in time, the pandemic prevents us from attending any farmers markets. We hope to return to Rittenhouse Square at some point when life gets back to normal.
8. Do you still sell retail items?
At this point in time, we have very limited retail offerings. The best option is to order a pasta kit, which includes your choice of fresh pasta, sauce, and meatballs. When possible, we will sell some locally-sourced products used in our dinners, such as honeys used in our Boards.
9. Do you cater?
Yes! We offer a multitude of catering options that go well beyond the boundaries of Italian food. We love the opportunity to get creative and create custom catering menus for you, regardless of the cuisine! Just shoot us a message with info about your event and we’ll be in touch.
We also have special catering menus available for the holidays. These items must be ordered a minimum of a week in advance.
10. Do you offer full-service catering?
We have a very small team and cannot adequately staff both our shop and an off-premise event. However, we do partner with companies that offer server and bartending services and can refer you to them or subcontract them for you.
11. How long do I cook my pasta?
The cook time of your pasta depends on the weight of it. Thinner pasta cooks in roughly three minutes. Add another minute or so for thicker pasta. Stuffed pasta may take six+ minutes to cook. If the pasta is frozen, add another one-to-two minutes to the cook time.
12. Do you offer gluten-free options?
Yes and no. While we make some pasta that does not contain gluten, we are not a certified gluten-free facility and cannot prevent the possibility of cross-contamination. If you have a serious gluten allergy or health issue, such as Celiac, we will not serve you to prevent health issues.