Valentino. Almost forty years strong (which in Los Angeles is quite remarkable). A venerable Italian stalwart with a wine list that makes oenophiles weep. The Monster hadn’t been in almost ten years.
Upon walking in the first thought is has this room been redone since it first opened? Red and powder blue alternating walls, “almost” art deco light fixtures, uncomfortable (and ugly) chairs. At least it’s dim and a cozy room so it radiates energy. Still, the ambiance is circa 1970’s cruise ship. The Monster has to stop himself from singing the Love Boat theme. Probably will not ingratiate him with the waitstaff.