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. 

Popular Locations for To-Go Units:

  • 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. 

Popular Candidates for Express Units:

  • 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
  • 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

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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