This March, the Salt Lake Chamber is recognizing the important contributions immigrants make every day in Utah at the American Dream Award Program.

This program helps remind us about the positive impact of immigrants and how they have helped shape Utah’s history since the Mormon Pioneers entered the Salt Lake Valley as refugees in 1847. That shared cultural memory informs our values and beliefs today.

This award honors that legacy by recognizing new pioneers who contribute to our state.

Valter Nassi, owner and proprietor of Valter’s Osteria is one of this year’s honorees.

About Valter Nassi

Valter Nassi is a seasoned restaurateur with experience in Italy, Switzerland, England and Kenya, as well as New York, Santa Fe and Salt Lake City. He was born in Italy, has trained all over the world, and has been in the restaurant business for well over 47 years. Nassi is the proud owner and proprietor of Valter’s Osteria in downtown Salt Lake City. Previously, he designed, developed and implemented the operation of many award-winning restaurants in Salt Lake City including Cucina Toscana and II Sansovino. Over the years, Nassi also has received numerous recognitions for his accomplishments in Utah. He was awarded Salt Lake Magazine’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 and the Tourism Achievement Award from the Salt Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau that same year. Nassi speaks Italian, English, French and Spanish.

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