A NEW ITALIAN IN TOWN. Among the many elaborately decorated restaurants in Jakarta, only a mere handful can deliver dishes as tantalizing as their décor.
Ristorante de Valentino (MD Place Building, 11th Fl., Jl. Setiabudi Selatan No. 7, Jakarta; +62 1 2905 7888) is one of them. The first branch of a hugely popular restaurant in Singapore bearing the same name, it stands out for its rustic Italian recipes and heartwarming service. It is not uncommon to see chef Valetino walking around the lavishly decorated restaurant to chat with guests. Highlights from the familyowned establishment’s fine-dining selection include a special burrata that is flown directly from Italy and served with cherry tomatoes. There are also homemade pasta and pizza with fresh ingredients that taste just as delicious.