Valter Nassi, Salt Lake City Restaurateur, Utah icon, dies at 76

Valter Nassi, Salt Lake City Restaurateur, Utah icon, dies at 76

Valter Nassi is a big-hearted Salt Lake City Restaurateur that served fine Italian food for more than two decades. Valter Nassi was born in 1946 in Monte San Savino outside Florence. He said his culinary education was rooted in his mother’s kitchen and his father’s work as a mushroom merchant.

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His father Nassi said was “an incredibly good eater.” He was trained in Sardinia, London, Paris, Nairobi, and New York City. He came to Utah in 1998 when he opened his first restaurant II Sansovino.

Restaurateur Valter Nassi, Local Restaurant legend,Utah icon, dies at 76

Valter Nassi, Salt Lake City’s consummate host, died Tuesday night following a health battle. He was 76 at the time. He served Italian food for more than two decades. His death was made public by a tweet sent Wednesday morning by Utah Gov. Spencer Cox.

Neither Cox nor his predecessor, former Gov. Gary Herbert also tweeted condolences on Wednesday and mentioned a cause of death. Nassi was 76.

Tribute to Valter Nassi from his friends and various personalities

Former Gov. Gary Herbert said in a tweet, “ We are saddened by the passing of a Utah icon Valter Nassi. Given the Governor’s Award for Culinary Arts, Valter’s Osteria is where we go for a great meal and Valter’s larger-than-life personality. Jeanette and our entire family offer our condolences.”

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Salt Lake City Mayor Erin Mendenhall said on Twitter: Valter had a way of making everyone feel special and loved. He was an icon and beloved mainstay in our community. I know thousands the world over will feel this loss. My thoughts and love are with his family and loved ones.

Spencer Cox tweeted: Last night we lost a dear friend and a Utah icon. Valter Nassi left his mark on everyone who met him or dined at Valter’s. He will be deeply missed.

Honors achieved by Valter Nassi

Countless Awards and accolades have been given to Valter, including a long run of Best Italian and Best Restaurant Dining Awards from Salt Lake Magazine. 

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Valter was more than a restaurateur, he was an impression. His legacy will be remembered.