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Famed Restaurateur Valter Nassi, Who Appeared on RHOSLC, Has Passed Away
The owner of Valter’s Osteria was introduced to Bravo fans in Season 2 of RHOSLC.
Valter Nassi, the famed restaurateur and owner of Valter’s Osteria who appeared on The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City, has passed away, according to Gastronomic SLC. The publication noted that Nassi opened Valter’s Osteria nearly a decade ago, and the late restaurant owner often was on hand to offer diners his recommendations.
According to KSL.com, the restaurant released a statement about Nassi’s passing, saying, “Valter has created a monument for Salt Lake, his city. The staff at Valter’s Osteria hope to continue on his legacy and create a place where you can feel his spirit going forward. We will miss him.”
The publication noted that Nassi was born in Italy and later trained in Sardinia, London, Paris, Nairobi, and New York City. He eventually moved to Utah in 1988 and opened his first restaurant, Il Sansovino, eventually going on to own other eateries as well.
In an interview with Deseret News in 2014, he shared how much he enjoyed living in his adopted hometown. “It is not Salt Lake City,” he said. “It is Salt Lake My City. Do you understand? Salt Lake My City. Wow!”
Valter’s Osteria has been featured on numerous best-of lists and recognized for its unique Italian culinary experience. Nassi also published a book, The Magic of the Table, in 2019. He spoke a bit about his culinary journey in an interview with local television station KUTV that same year, and noted how the city meant so much to him and served as an inspiration. “This book is because of Salt Lake City,” he told the news station at the time.
Of course, Bravo fans know Nassi from his appearance on RHOSLC in Season 2 at the unforgettable Met Gala–themed lunch. The cast gathered at Valter’s Osteria for what would end up being a drama-filled meal that Nassi was on hand to witness.
After the news broke of his passing, Heather Gay posted a message in tribute to Nassi. "Rest In Peace Valter! Icon of Utah and RHOSLC. You will be missed," she wrote. "Sending love and condolences to the entire famiglia."