Chef Shuffle

Chef Shuffle at Valanni

Guacamole at Valanni
Guacamole at Valanni Photo: Christopher Gabello/Valanni

Gayborhood favorite Valanni has a new executive chef, John Strain. It’s not a major shake-up - Strain has worked at Valanni under longtime chef R. Evan Turney for years. Turney is devoting his full attentions to Varga Bar, his third project with owner George Anni (the other is BYOB Mercato). Strain has added 17 new items to the Medi-Latin menu, including an expanded selection of vegetarian tapas, some of which you can sample for half price during their Monday through Friday happy hour from 5p.m. to 7 p.m., along with $5 you-call-it premium drinks. Read on for menu highlights.

Highlights from Valanni’s new menu:

• Marinated Tofu with pomegranate molasses, tahini smoked paprika - $6
• Spanakopita comprised of phyllo dough, spinach, feta, caramelized onions and tzatziki - $7
• Steamed Baby Clams with jalapeno and lime drawn butter - $8
• Watermelon & Feta Salad with micro arugula greens, sherry vinaigrette, mint and a 50 year aged balsamic vinegar - $9
• Salmon & Goat Cheese Agnolotti with beurre-blanc and American sturgeon roe - $10
• Lump Crab cakes served with spicy mango puree - $14
• Grilled Day Boat Scallops served with crispy potato gnocchi, truffled corn and caramelized onion sauce - $24
• Crisped Skin Striped Bass served with Israeli cous cous, baby artichoke hearts, roasted tomatoes and saffron vermouth beurre blanc - $24
• Honey Glazed Magret Duck Breast with turnip puree, peach and bell pepper succotash - $25

Valanni, 1229 Spruce St., 215-750-9494

Chef Shuffle at Valanni