Valle Cucina Italiana
Valle Cucina Italiana

Valle Cucina Italiana

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.vallecucina.com/
  • Phone: (302) 998-9999
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Saturday: 11:00am - 4:00pm; Dinner: Sunday: 11:00am - 10:00pm, Monday - Thursday: 4:00pm - 10:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 4:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Steak, Seafood, Italian
  • Executive Chef: Eric Orsetti and Jerry Aunet
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Yes Valle' caters!! Enjoy the great taste of Valle at your home or business.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Stoney Batter Rd and Linden Hill
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Valle Cucina Italiana
Welcome to Valle Cucina, Delaware's best kept secret for thirty years! Our name suggests Italian, and it is the best around, but we are also known for our seven time "Best of Delaware" award winning 100% jumbo lump crab cakes, seafood dishes and the area's most amazing dry aged steaks. Valle also showcases a 200+ bottle wine list.


Come as your are or formal, everyone feels at home. We take pride in our friendly service.



Located in the Pike Creek Shopping Center, off Limestone Rd. Valle, opened in 1981 as a pizzeria and has become a must try. We are inviting you to experience what many have called their best dining experience.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Food
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Lunch
Valle Cucina Italiana reviews from OpenTable diners
24 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.4
  • Food4.5
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
100% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (19)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (9)good for groups (7)special occasion (6)great for lunch (6)notable wine list (4)vibrant bar scene (3)hot spot (2)romantic (2)great for brunch (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • Pleasant Surprise
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 11/21/2014
    Was looking for good Italian at reasonable prices. Exceeded expectations at Valle Cucina. Veal scallopini and Veal saltimbaca were our entrees and they were terrific. We will be returning soon. Chatted with a nearby table who visit several times a month. A neighborhood gem.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Amazing as always!!
    JoeTimlin
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    We have never had anything other than an outstanding time here. The food is delicious and the service is wonderful.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Steaks in Delaware
    PapaFlattop
    Dined on 9/27/2014
    Good time with a small group (5 adults). Reservation was ready upon arrival, servise was accurate and timely and the steaks were perfect. Among the group 4 diferent steaks were orders wit different toppngs; all were cooked as ordered and tasted great. never skip teh garlic knots, they ar teh best i have ever had.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Hidden gem
    msmdp2uVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Best broccoli rabe appetizer we have ever tasted, and the Brussels sprouts are a "don't miss", too! Generous portions and fresh food are a consistent plus here, as is the fabulous fresh bread. Wine list could use a better Sangiovese and a dry rose, but all selections drinkable and very reasonably priced. Their takeout pizza is a real treat, too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valle' cozy, and friendly dinning
    hargin3
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Great menu variety. (Which makes your meal selection difficult. Take your time the staff does not rush you) Service is excellent, the staff is very attentive, but not annoying. We really enjoyed the stuffed mushrooms, and bruschetta. Entrees; Crab imperial stuffed shrimp, and Chicken Ivy were delicious. I would suggest making reservations. Valle' is small and fills up fast. We will definitely return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice Night Out
    JRB1
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We have been here before. It was more crowded than usual. I ordered a glass of wine, which I did not like & they willingly got me another. A Sauvignon Blanc would be nice available by the glass. I had the mesclun salad, which was a generous portion. Adding chicken would definitely make it a meal. I was disappointed in the chicken dish that I ordered - it was just grilled chicken over cooked tomatoes. Could have been boring had I not ordered roasted Brussels sprouts. My husband loved his pasta with meat sauce & sausage. Service was as good as usual, though the wait for our entrees was longer than usual. Our server said the kitchen was backed up that evening. All and all, we had a nice dinner and will likely return in the future.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Valle Cucina
    Jeff
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    My family had a very nice time. They held our reservation for 7, and seated us immediately. Service was outstanding, and everyone enjoyed their dinner. Thanks!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Our go to restaurant!
    lovefood
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We go to Valle's atleast three times a month, sometimes more often. It's our go to dinner spot. Food is always good! From the rich, decadent comfort foods to healthier prepared food dishes, everyone can leave happy and full! I always bring half my dinner fome for lunch the next day. We love Becky and the rest of the wait staff. Always friendly and accommodating. Rarely has the wait been long for sitting or food. Can not recommend more highly. I can't believe it's in a strip shopping center!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 16 ratings-only reviews submitted since July 29, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food4.4
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.6
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 139 reviews are from the Valle Cucina Italiana reviews archive.
  • Very good
    Excellent
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    Excellent meal, excellent service. We will go back again. It was a good day.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent!
    SpursFan
    Dined on 6/17/2014
    The food from appetizer to dessert was outstanding. Only one little thing that irked me - spent almost $300 and was quite surprised when looked at the check later that they charged $1 for an extra order of garlic toast especially when the pieces were extremely small and almost burnt. The other bread flows freely. My nieces had never been there before but all indicated they will be returning.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great dinner with family
    familylovesValles
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    My family dines at Valle's at least once a month -- we love it. This was the first time I used on-line booking, and it was really easy. To find a table on a Friday night when we wanted it totally hassle free was fabulous. Dinner was (as always) super, we found a new wine we really enjoyed. All was good. We'll be back soon. Thank you so much.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    a little cold in dining room food & service were very good
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food, free parking
    Slack
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I could honestly recommend Valles to anyone. I enjoy the food and the service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great
    dloves
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    Our food was excellent and the service was very good. Their Crabcakes are the best, salad was crisp and fresh. I love meeting friends there for a great lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always great food and service
    LisaFlach
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    Always great food and service but I had the app the beef tip over flatbread. It had a brown sausce and I dont know how the meat was treated but got a violent migrane almost immediatly after I ate it. Wonder if it contained soy or MSG. Called the next day to ask how it was prepared and was told to call back the next day they were too busy to check when I called because of the lunch rush?
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Yummy
    Heather
    Dined on 3/14/2014
    Awesome ahi tuna, delicious brussels sprouts, great wine, overall great dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great menu
    PapaFlattop
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    Top quality steaks and crab cakes; Italian menu with variety and very nice wine list. We go to Valle Cucina for date nights and special occasions with friends and family.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • If you're into crab cakes . . .
    Prenatal
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    you've got to try theirs. Ranks right up there with the best I've had.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The fettuccine alfredo tasted
    JT09NEWARK
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    The fettuccine alfredo tasted like paste. The service was uneven. Twice during dinner we were asked if we needed take out containers. Nothing special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Restaurant! Great Food!
    FoodLover
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Great experience!! We made reservations online a week in advance. When we arrived we were immediately seated. Our server was very friendly and knowledgeable. The food was absolutely amazing and served in a timely manor!! Their gnocchi was incredibly fresh and my husbands steak was cooked to perfection! Dino, the manager, stopped by our table to thank us for coming out and to make sure we had everything we needed. We would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone - whether it's a first date or a night out with family / friends. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great place to eat
    Innapin
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    Small enough to be cozy large enough to maintain the right pace. Friendly staff attentive fabulous food. There is a take out area separated from the dining room but you can also order takeout items as menu items. Good pace if you wish to make a reservation and know you will be seated. If you re like me you avoid places with huge waits sorry just not worth it for me . I want to go be seated and enjoy my experience with who ever I am with not stress over crowds and waits. Good place to go can't say anything negative on this one...,PS their bread and pizza are THE BEST as are their crab cakes..........
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • friday night
    smalleater
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    delicious food. filet was one of the best. salmon was delicious. desserts great
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great Experience
    TILM
    Dined on 1/26/2014
    The food was great. My husband and son had the mussels and clam appetizer and loved it. Veal dishes and crabcakes were delicious too. We will definitely be visiting again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Valle'
    Baseball21
    Dined on 1/17/2014
    Always good food,love the specials, great restaurant in a shopping center. I will be back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • New Years Eve
    JoeTimlin
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We have eaten at Valle Cucina Italiana about 10 times over the past few months. It has become our favorite restaurant!!! New Years eve was no exception. The food is fabulous and the service is wonderful. This is the place to go for Great food and Service!!! Joe
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Best Crab Cakes
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/27/2013
    Valles has the best crab cakes and steaks! The crab cakes have no filler, you get 2 huge cakes and they are so tasty. The steak was cooked perfectly. A very excellent dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Although individual menu selections
    pammav
    Dined on 12/24/2013
    Although individual menu selections change in taste from time to time the quality is always excellent. The waitstaff is well trained and attentive. Valle's continues to be a favorite dining location for our family regardless of the occasion. Lunch selections are fairly priced and generous in the portion size's.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent service...great food!
    Thatsanice
    Dined on 12/20/2013
    Had a very nice experience at a restaurant I have known was "hidden" away in the Pike Creek Shopping Center but hadn't taken the time to check out until just recently...we wanted to try a new place for our office Christmas lunch this year and decided to order takeout a couple of weeks ago to check out some selections on their fairly extensive lunch menu...we very much enjoyed the pleasant atmosphere and expecially appreciated the superior service and outstanding food...I know I'll be going back to try their crabcakes for lunch or dinner very soon!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Garlic Bread Anywhere
    likestoeat
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We always look forward to having their garlic breads. Very good Italian food but serves steaks and seafood as well. Prices are reasonable and the service is great. We had a bottle of wine at cost as a Wednesday night special. Large variety of fancy desserts. We recommend it for all occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Usually the best place for
    Dave
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    Usually the best place for a steak. I had the barrel cut rib-eye, and it was tough and flavorless this time. The crab cakes are the best in the world, but the calamari was like rubber, and the tuna bites appetizer was terrible. Will go back, because i think it was just an off night. Stay tuned.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was rushed.I ordered
    chappie
    Dined on 10/19/2013
    Service was rushed.I ordered a second drink which arrived in a smaller glass than the first,I asked the waitress about it and she had no response. Needless to say, when the bill arrived both drinks were the same price.
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  • Good food and many choices
    JimmazVIP
    Dined on 10/12/2013
    Ambiance is so-so and service is ok but the food was very tasty and plentiful. Great deserts too.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Family dinner
    Sugar
    Dined on 10/6/2013
    Great service, friendly and not rushed to order. Highly recommend the stuffed mushroom with crabmeat Appy and the chicken Marsala, they were wonderful!!! This is a great restaurant find and we will definitely recommend it to friends and family!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The food and service were
    DreamTravelAgent
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    The food and service were excellent as always. The steaks compare to the best steakhouses around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Made Our Anniversary a Happy Ome!
    Matt19702
    Dined on 9/17/2013
    We came here for dinner on our anniversary, and we were treated wonderfully! The service was great, the server was super friendly, gave us space when we needed it, and checked on us regularly, but not overly so. The crab cakes were to die for! They are CRAB cakes, and NOT 'filler' cakes. My salmon was cooked perfectly and highly enjoyable. My husbands sirloin steak was very good, although he would have preferred a flat cut rather than the 2 6 oz. chunks that were served. They were tasty, though, and cooked as ordered. The wine was good, too. Most of all, the prices were right! We used a coupon from the Entertainment book, which made this an out and out value. We would definitely suggest a visit here. I can assure you, we WILL be back!
    Special Features:
    romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent service
    AMarie
    Dined on 8/25/2013
    This is a local gem we like to frequent. We arrived early and were seated promptly. Stephanie was our server. She was attentive without being intrusive. We ordered what we always get: Chicken Olivia for my BF and Chicken Francaise for me. I asked for a substitution (instead of marinara on my side of pasta, I wanted garlic & oil) and it was no problem. Our food was delicious as usual and enough that we have leftovers for lunch the next day. I especially like the warm bread with garlic oil & parmesan they serve with the meals. :-) Our server was excellent.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, notable wine list, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A good find
    DelawaredinersVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    A relaxing atmosphere that always delivers on quality of food. The Marsala sauce is one of the best I have tasted (light and flavorful without being overbearing). The complimentary hot bread rolls with olive oil, garlic and cheese are also a nice treat. I come here several times a year and always pleased with my dining experience. Location may be hard to find at first as it is in a shopping plaza.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love the bread
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    Seafood pescatore was great. Add the crushed red pepper for a little kick. Bread was hot and fresh. Other mesls were tasty. Our server was busy waiting on the bar diners as well, so he always seemed in a rush.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our family and friends have
    Jimfoods
    Dined on 8/11/2013
    Our family and friends have been dining at Valle's for over 25 years, service has always been excellent and the food beyond great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Crab cake appitizer... = WOW!!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    Crab cake appitizer... = WOW!!! Gotta try it! Crab stuffed shrimp was awesome! Great martinis... Amanda was, again, awesome! Thanks!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.