Valentino 40th Anniversary Dinner Recap
3115 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
310 829 4313
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Sicily native Piero Selvaggio, a man known for his consummate hospitality, celebrated the 40th anniversary of his landmark Italian restaurant, Valentino, on November 14. He included colleagues old and new in the blowout 40-dish feast, including fellow Sicilian Celestino Drago, current executive chef Nico Chessa, and former chef Steve Samson, now the co-chef/co-owner of Sotto. Selvaggio billed the event as featuring “40 small bites,” but revelers received much more as longtime patrons, plus chefs and restaurateurs like Wolfgang Puck and Akasha Richmond, paid tribute to a local legend deep into the night.
Note: Valentino hosted me as their guest for the 40th anniversary dinner.