Over the last year+, we have established ourselves as a mobile vendor and caterer. Now that we are opening a brick and mortar location in the heart of Haddonfield, we should dive a little deeper into that concept.
Let’s start by stating what we are not. Valente’s is not a pizzeria, nor is it a sandwich shop. It’s is not a sit-down restaurant and it is most definitely not an expansive assembly line establishment.
Valente’s brick and mortar location is built in the image of Philadelphia’s Italian Market shops like the original DiBruno Bros. and Claudio’s. It is an intimate establishment that makes use of every inch of space available to bring you as wide an assortment of Italian goods as possible.
We will have imported and local cured meats as well as a rotating selection of cheeses carefully curated by an industry veteran. We will grate your favorite cheese for you. We will have locally-sourced wheat berries that we will grind into flour for you. We’ll slice deli meats like Prosciutto di Parma, Mortadella, Capicola, Pancetta, Lonza, Guanciale, and Bresaola.
Our store will have a small selection of pasta making equipment and books, not unlike what you might find at Fante’s. There will be Nutella, Brioschi, ‘Nduja, Bottarga, anchovies, olives, and more.
We’ll have cooking demos in the store, offer a kids’ summer camp, and come out to your home to host wine-and-dine cooking classes for you and your friends and/or family.
Most significantly, we will now offer gourmet grab-and-go meals, from salads to desserts and everything in between. These meals will come in different portions, so you can find what suits you best, whether you’re dining alone or have a big family to feed. This menu will contain staple items, like chicken parmigiana, Abruzzese classics, and specials featuring locally sourced, seasonal ingredients.
The heart of our business will not change. We will still make fresh pasta, cheeses, breads, and other offerings we have brought to the Farmers Markets. We’re just growing and trying to fill a need we truly believe exists here in Haddonfield.
The plan is ambitious but the intention is to grow at a sustainable clip, well beyond what is listed here. Those plans will be revealed when the time is right, though.
As we get closer to our opening day, we encourage you to reach out to us via email, Facebook, Twitter, or by phone at (856) 298-1937 and let us know what Italian products you have really been missing and would like to see. We will do our best to accommodate you.
In the meantime, please feel free to sign up to our mailing list, follow this blog, or like us on social media for updates on the progress of our store and to find out where you’ll be able to find us at Farmers Markets and special events.
We really look forward to serving you in a town that we not only love but are proud to call home!