Our Franchising Opportunities

Valentino’s To-Go

Today’s consumers demand great food quality with convenience. Our To-Go locations are designed to target carryout and delivery with express “pizza by the slice” options and family value packs. Our management team can train and support a motivated franchisee, even if this is your first attempt at the food service industry. 

  • Small neighborhoods
  • Business districts
  • Busy intersections or crossroads

Valentino’s Express

Our Express locations are designed to offer our Valentino’s menu as an additional sales unit to an existing business. By making a small investment within your existing business, you can greatly increase your operations and business potential. 

  • Convenience stores
  • Bars
  • Hotels or motels
  • Grocery stores (with kitchen facilities)

It all started with a family recipe.

In 1957, Val and Zena Weiler opened a little pizzeria in Lincoln, NE that would eventually grow into the respected regional chain Valentino’s is today. As our franchise family grows, so does our shared success. 

Your store could be our next success story. We’re looking for motivated self-starters to join our growing franchise family with a To-Go or Express location.

Our Pizza & Pasta

Our legendary pizza and extensive pasta line are award-winning family traditions. Our Mozzarella cheese and many of our toppings are made especially for Valentino’s and our treasured sauce recipe has been passed down from previous generations. The proof is in the pizza.

Our Quality 

With consistent quality comes loyal customers. We meet our brand standards every time and demand that only the best ingredients are used in our pizza, pasta and sandwiches. As a family tradition, we take pride in the way our food looks and tastes. 

Our Locations

Our franchising territory currently covers these locations in Nebraska, represented by the dots on the map below. These locations are “closed areas” and additional franchises may not be opened at this time.

  • Beatrice
  • Bennington
  • Bruning
  • Ceresco
  • Columbus
  • Crete
  • Fremont
  • Grand Island
  • Hebron
  • Kearney
  • Lincoln
  • Nebraska City
  • Norfolk
  • Ogallala
  • Omaha
  • Seward
  • Sioux Falls
  • Springfield
  • York

Site Locations


Our To-Go unit requires 1240 to 1400 square feet of space. Our corporate team can assist you with site selection, floor plans, blueprints and leasing advisement. Prime locations include strip center bays in business districts, preferably with a drive-thru window. 


Our Express Unit requires an existing business with room to house a kitchen area of at least 200 square feet and a counter to dispense the food. 

Our Support 

Our franchisees are supported by our corporate team of restaurant professionals with skills in site selection, operations and marketing. We make it easy to get started and keep on growing

Join our franchise family and you’ll receive:

A proven business model

Extensive training tools
and manuals

Hands-on instruction

Marketing materials and
professional staff support

Brand awareness with over
60-year history

Operational support from
a veteran staff

Contract negotiations with
many suppliers and vendors

Meet our Franchise Family

Sioux Falls, South Dakota 📍

“The former Valentino’s in Sioux Falls was our family’s favorite restaurant,” Jenny said. “After it closed, we frequented the Nebraska locations as we traveled for my children’s sports. I thought: ‘Why don’t we have this in Sioux Falls?”

– Sioux Falls To-Go Franchise Owner, Jenny Pals
Jenny Pals and her staff at the opening of the Sioux Falls To-Go location

The idea of bringing Valentino’s back to Sioux Falls came to Jenny Pals when she was bringing back Val’s carryout to her hotel in Nebraska.

“The former Valentino’s in Sioux Falls was our family’s favorite restaurant,” Jenny said. “After it closed, we frequented the Nebraska locations as we traveled for my children’s sports. I thought: ‘Why don’t we have this in Sioux Falls?’”

The next day, Jenny contacted Valentino’s corporate office and decided to become a franchise owner.

“Coming from a family of nine children and with five children of my own, family is everything to me,” Jenny said. “I am honored to bring delicious Valentino’s Italian food to the families of Sioux Falls.”

Ogallala, Nebraska 📍

“Anytime I have an issue with something, all it takes is one phone call to corporate and they are really quick in helping resolve any issues,” Dustin says. “That right there tells me that corporate would back us franchisees anytime and they support us very well!”

– Ogallala Grand Italian Buffet Owner, Dustin
Dustin at the Grand Italian Buffet in Ogallala

After working as an assistant manager at the Fremont Val’s franchise in 2008, being promoted to store manager shortly after and later moving to Lincoln to accept a job as an assistant manager at a corporate location, Dustin requested his own store.

After six months, corporate called and offered him the opportunity to run the York location. The store was later sold and Dustin stayed to run it for a “great boss,” Tim Lichti.

After a few years, another opportunity to buy the Val’s in Ogallala presented itself in August 2017 and with Tim’s blessing, Dustin gladly accepted.

“The rest is history, and I am so happy to be a part of this wonderful company!” Dustin says. He says his favorite part about franchising with Val’s is the name recognition, being the furthest western Nebraska location, as well as the many benefits.

Fremont, Nebraska 📍

“I thoroughly enjoy having Kim, my wife and best friend, as a partner in our business, who I get to work, strategize, market and build the business with everyday.”

– Fremont To-Go Franchise Owner, Travis
Travis, Kim and their children at the groundbreaking of the Fremont To-Go location

From training to night manager at 102nd & Maple, to prep manager at Galleria, to general manager at Millard, Travis and his wife Kim bought their first Val’s franchise in June 2010 in Fremont, Nebraska.

Travis says that although there are challenges that come with owning a business, there are many benefits as well – including managing their own schedule, being their own boss and involving their family in the business.

“Kim and I also enjoy involving our kids in the business, giving us the opportunity to teach them work ethic, perseverance, strategy, marketing and many other aspects of business ownership,” Travis says.

“Val and Zena Weiler were true Italians – they had several recipes dating back decades. I attribute those recipes to exactly what we use today – the Valentino’s taste.”

– Tony Messineo, Valentino’s President

Interested in Joining Our Franchise Family?

Complete our Franchise Inquiry Form

For a complete list of fees and costs, please refer to the Valentino’s Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD).



Anthony Messineo 
Valentino’s Vice President

Matt Alesio 
Franchising Representative


What does it cost to open a Valentino’s To-Go Unit?

Due to the adaptability of a To-Go unit, the costs can vary significantly. For instance, if the facility where you plan to open a unit has already been a restaurant with fixtures in place, then cost estimates may be reduced. If you choose to add a seating area, the cost estimate can go up. Our current costs estimate ranges from $431,900 to $766,650.

What does it cost to open a Valentino’s Express Unit?

Costs can vary depending on the equipment your existing facility currently contains. Due to the simplicity of the menu and the packaging of Valentino’s proprietary product, the cost can range from $48,775 to $171,585.

Are there certain requirements I need to meet in order to be considered for a Valentino’s franchise?

For a Valentino’s To-Go, we suggest a net worth of at least $500,000 with $100,000 in liquid assets.

For a Valentino’s Express, we suggest a minimum net worth of $200,000 with $50,000 of the net worth in readily available liquid assets.

What is the standard initial franchise fee and what are the standard royalty fees?

Valentino’s To-Go: Standard initial franchise fee $12,500; royalty of 5% of gross sales with an ad fee of an additional 1%.

Valentino’s Express: Standard initial franchise up to $4,000; royalty is the greater of 5% of gross sales or $1,000 per month, with an ad fee of an additional 1%.

How long is the term of a franchise document?

Valentino’s To-Go: 15 years, with one 10-year renewal option.

Valentino’s Express: 5 years, with two 5-year renewal options.

This website does not constitute an offer to sell a franchise, which will only be made to candidates who meet our qualifications and receive our Franchise Disclosure Document in compliance with applicable federal and state franchise disclosure and registration laws.

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