Executive Chef & Owner of Valentino Cucina Italiana, Giovanni Rocchio, will guide guests through an exceptional dining experience featuring an artful modern twist to Italian dishes paired with fine wine from Penfolds Winery, one of Australia’s oldest and most iconic wineries.
Special guest DLynn Proctor, named the “Best New Sommelier in America” by Wine & Spirits Magazine in 2008, is the Winemaking Ambassador for Penfolds Winery and will be educating guests on the flavor profiles paired with Chef Rocchio’s dishes. Starring in the hit documentary, SOMM, Proctor will meet and greet with guests while answering questions and providing recommendations.
Proctor will be featuring the iconic 2010 Penfolds Grange for supplemental pours. A 2-ounce pour will be available for $50 and a 4-ounce pour for $100.
Guests will enjoy the following menu:
Reception: Assorted passed hors d’oeuvres – Salt Cod Mousse, Sweet Onion, Wood Sorrell; Foie Gras, Fennel Pollen, Strawberries; Beet Macaroons, Whipped Goat Cheese
First Course: Chilled Melon Consume, Alaskan King Crab, Cucumber, Basil
Paired with Riesling, Bin 51, 2014
Second Course: Seared Scallop, Oxtail Ragu, Summer Succotash
Paired with Cabernet Sauvignon Bin 407, 2012
Third Course: Garganelli, Duck Confit, Taggiosca Olives
Paired with Shiraz, Kalimna, Bin 28, 2011
Fourth Course: Prime NY Strip Loin, Roasted Shallots, Potatoes, Bordelaise
Paired with St Henri, 2011 / RWT, 2011
Dolce: Crème Brulee, Fig Compote
Paired with “Club” Porto NV
Tuesday, May 26th
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 p.m. Dinner
620 S Federal Hwy.
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
$195 per person plus tax and gratuity. Limited seating is available. Guests can reserve their seat by calling 954-523-5767.
Innovative Cuisine with a Modern Italian Twist. Valentino Cucina Italiana is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and is owned by Chef Giovanni Rocchio. This fine dining Italian restaurant opened in its original location in 2006 and moved to its current establishment in 2012. Valentino Cucina Italiana was created with another Valentino’s in mind; Chef Rocchio’s father previously owned and operated a Valentino in Plantation, Florida from 1974 – 2005. It was while he was working with his father, Tony, in this Valentino restaurant, that Chef Rocchio developed his passion for culinary arts and food service. Giovanni took pride in challenging himself, increasing his knowledge to reach higher levels of cooking. He traveled, worked and trained at some of the finest restaurants in New York and Italy.
Valentino Cucina Italiana uses only the freshest, highest quality ingredients and provides consistent, remarkable dishes to its customers. In addition to only the most delicious food items, Valentino believes in providing guests with exceptional service and respectful hospitality, all vital elements of a luxurious restaurant operation. Valentino Cucina Italiana offers a full service bar and private dining areas.
Valentino is located at 620 South Federal Highway, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. For more information please visit http://valentinocucinaitaliana.com or call Valentino at 954-523-5767.