Valentina was founded in East Sheen in 1991 where today, the Zoccola and Arcari families share their life-long passion for food and wine.
Our families hail from Saint Elia Fiumerapido, a small village near Monte Cassino southeast of Rome, where we have farmed the land for generations. We still return home annually to harvest olives from the family grove for our own-label olive oil, and source our other fresh ingredients from the native soil. Most of our vast range of products – be it in the delicatessens or the restaurants – are, born of tradition and original skills, directly from our humble beginnings in the Italian countryside.
We believe there is no substitute for evolution and our knowledge, expertise and passion for food and wine have been passed on through generations. Valentina is our way of bringing an authentic taste of Italy to the UK – to serve recipe dishes in our restaurants that have been handed down through the families.
Valentina, a name shared with the daughter of one of the founding families, is now a thriving business. The original delicatessen & restaurant, owned and run by the Zoccola and Arcari families, has now been joined by sister delicatessen/restaurants in Putney, Sevenoaks and Notting Hill Gate. Come and see us and join the family.
Today, the team, spearheaded by third generation family members, Fabio, Gabriella, Antonio, Marco and Carmine not only offer an extensive delicatessen range, including fresh hams and salamis, cheeses and traditional antipasti, but also a complete range of store cupboard essentials – as well as specials, cooked from the finest ingredients every day in our their own kitchen.
There’s always something new to try, or an event coming up, so we look forward to welcoming you very soon!