is a regional Italian restaurant chain based in Lincoln, Nebraska
. Valentino's was founded by Val and Zena Weiler in 1957. The restaurant was purchased by two Lincoln families in 1971 and began franchising
additional locations. The first carry-out
store opened in 1990, and many of the full-scale restaurants converted to the “Grand Italian Buffet”
concept in the early-2000s. In Lincoln, as well as other cities it is located in, Valentino's has won numerous city awards such as "Best Pizza", etc.
As of 2005, Valentino's has 41 locations in Nebraska, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, North Dakota and Minnesota.