SALT LAKE CITY

‘Utah icon’, Valter Nassi restaurateur, dies at 76

Sep 21, 2022, 3:30 PM
Valter Nassi, Salt Lake City's consummate host....
Valter Nassi, known as Salt Lake City's consummate host has passed away at 76. (Lee Benson, Deseret News)
(Lee Benson, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY – Valter Nassi, founder of the Salt Lake City upscale Italian restaurant Valter’s Osteria has died.  Social media comments have described him as a kind and generous man with a larger-than-life personality.

For those close to him, like his operating partner Jeramy Lund, Nassi’s passing hit hard. 

“Valter was every bit the personality he is in the restaurant in real life and that’s what made it easy for him to be him,” said Lund. “He was full of life, he absolutely loved what he did and loved to invite people into his house, namely the restaurant, and just have them have a great time. And that’s why he could genuinely be everybody’s best friend.”

Local officials, including former Gov. Gary Herbert, used Twitter to share their condolences for the local legend. 

 

Valter’s Osteria describes itself as “a modern twist on a Tuscan Granary,” according to their website.  

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‘Utah icon’, Valter Nassi restaurateur, dies at 76