Nashua: Valentino’s Kitchen

The skinny: If you live in an area long enough, you’re bound to see businesses change hands. And while we were sad to see Sky Market close a while back, we were happy to see this new pizza joint eventually take its place.

Valentino’s Kitchen is owned by the same people who run Valentino’s Restaurant in Hudson, and like its predecessor, it has a market in addition to the restaurant. Unlike its predecessor, it also adds a bakery.

Pizzas here come in 12-inch ($6.95) and 16-inch ($9.95) sizes. Toppings add $1.25 to the small and $1.50 to the large. Topping choices are fairly standard, but Valentino’s changes things up a bit with prosciutto, roasted peppers and shaved steak.

Valentino’s has plenty of specialty pizza offerings, too. You can try the Italiano ($12.95, $15.95), which includes tomato sauce, salami, capicola and mortadella. Or you can order up the Abruzzi ($12.95, $15.95), which includes chicken cutlet, prosciutto and balsamic drizzle.

In addition to pizzas, Valentino’s also serves calzones, which start at $7.95.

Review: On our recent visit, we dined on a large Cutlet Caprese ($15.95), which has cut up pieces of breaded chicken cutlet, fresh mozzarella, tomato sauce and a light sprinkling of basil.

The end crust provided a great doughiness and took quite a few chews to get through. The color of the crust made Deidre think that it would have more crunch to it, but the texture worked. Andrew’s only qualm with the crust was that it was relatively bland.

The chicken pieces were lightly breaded and not dried out at all. Some of the breaded pieces offered a nice crunch, which Deidre thought made up for the lack of it in the crust. Andrew thought that while the chicken looked odd (more like pieces of potato), the cutlet bits tasted homemade.

Deidre loved the slices of fresh mozzarella. They were thicker than many other mozzarella pieces we’ve been served, yet they still maintained the meltiness we love on top of our slices.

The pizza was also topped with lots of sauce. If there’s anything Deidre likes a little extra of on her pizza, it’s sauce. It keeps each bite from being too dry. And while the sauce itself was thin, the flavor was big.

Andrew appreciated the small bits of fresh mozzarella sprinkled on top, which were spread out just enough that you got a nice jolt of flavor every few bites.

Andrew thought the cold pizza was pretty good, with the mozzarella maintaining just enough moisture to taste great. The only real downside was that the chicken had dried out quite a bit.

Rating: Deidre: 4 / Andrew: 4 = 8/10 slices

Valentino’s Kitchen
383 E. Dunstable Road, Nashua
888-7400, ValentinosKitchen.com

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