Llandudno’s famous Italian restaurant Valentino closes after 30 years

TRIBUTES poured in after Valentino’s Llandudno owner said he was stepping down after 30 years in business.

Antonio Manfredino founded Valentino Ristorante & Pizzeria in 1992 and has put his heart and soul into food for three decades.

The restaurateur was told his place would last six months, having come from Pompeii, near Naples, Wales in the 1980s – working in local places like Casanova, Bodysgallen Hall and St George’s Hotel.

Although he once dreamed of traveling the world as a chef, he instead brought a slice of Italy to Llandudno – establishing Valentino Ristorante & Pizzeria in 1992.

It quickly became a fixture in Llandudno and was popular with residents and visitors alike.

After calling him one day, Antonio said he wanted to spend more time with his family, including his two children and several grandchildren, and thanked customers for their continued support over the past 30 years.

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A heartfelt note left on Valentino’s front door read, “To all our customers, we are now closed!”

“Thank you for all your support over the past 30 years!

“Best wishes, Antonio and all the staff!”

When news of the closure hit social media, messages poured in from customers with fond memories of nights at “Valentino’s.”

One said ‘Tony/Toni’ had a ‘great sense of humor – we called him Mirafiori because he always showed up in the worst Italian cars despite being a struggling chef adding that the “best thing he ever did was on his own, luckily his taste in cars has improved over the years.

Another said: “We always went to Valentino when we were in Llandudno. Fabulous food, good service and reasonably priced.

A former customer added that “some of the best Italian food I’ve ever had has been here”, while others told the outgoing owner to “enjoy an easier pace”.

Many congratulated and thanked him for his long years of service and wished him a happy retirement.

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