Marco restaurateur Davide Valenti has introduced an adventurous component to dining on Marco with the opening of Seven 0 One Bistro & Dining Room.

Valenti, who has had success with his Davide Italian Café, has introduced Peruvian, Japanese and Cuban dishes (along with American options) to the new restaurant after figuring there was a niche for them on Marco.

The combined concept was precipitated by Valenti’s wife, Juany, originally hailing from Peru.

“All her nephews and nieces are from culinary schools there,” said Valenti, who had an official Chamber ribbon cutting ceremony Monday this week. “When we were there, one of the nephews spent two months teaching us about the best recipes from Peru.”

Think ceviche, fresh white fish marinated in the Peruvian style with julienned red onions served in a martini glass and garnished with sweet glazed potato and Peruvian corn; or Causa di pollo atun – gold Yukon potatoes mashed with Peruvian yellow pepper and layered with avocado, with a choice of either chicken or tuna salad, and you get the picture.

Or a dozen-strong selection of Japanese sushi options such as rainbow roll red and yellowfin tuna, salmon, shrimp and avocado; or maybe go Cuban with ropa vieja – slow cooked beef or pork in traditional Cuban mojo sauce and served with black beans, white rice and plantains.

Valenti took over the restaurant – the former Porky’s – after a gentlemen’s handshake sealing a partnership deal with its owner, who was impressed with Valenti’s running of the café.

“He told me he liked my personality and charisma, and my food, and said he wished he had someone like me to do business together,” Valenti said. “So when it was decided, he gave me the key of the place and said I should do whatever I wanted because he trusted me.”

A five-month refurbish followed, and today the restaurant is open plan with a “classy” feel, while the adjoining bar and lounge is more contemporary and modern, Valenti said. He, his son Franco and wife Juany will share duties between the two restaurants. And, completing the international feel is Chef Sebastian Cacciatori - formerly of Argentina, but with Italian roots - and hostess Paula Almeida, who hails from Brazil.

To complete the change of image, Valenti went for the street address for the name of the eatery, hence Seven 0 One (Bald Eagle Drive).

On the cover: Peruvian ceviche.

If you go:

What: Seven 0 One Bistro & Lounge

Where: Bald Eagle Drive opposite Progressive Auto

Cuisine: Peruvian, Japanese, Cuban, American

Prices: Medium

Hours: Lunch, 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. Mon-Sat; Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 7 days a week. Bar: happy hour 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Reservations: Large groups

Take out: Yes

Call: 389-0701

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