Jimmy Afzali

Having emigrated to the United States in 1969 with hopes and dreams of playing professional soccer, Jimmy Afzali took a job at a local pizzeria in Queens, New York to make ends meet while chasing the opportunity to play for the Cosmos. Determination and true grit caught the eye of the then owner of Valentino’s, who after building years of trust in Jimmy, decided to sell him the business rather than shut it down upon his retirement. Lovingly known to many local and regular patrons as “Mr. Jimmy”, he remains the current owner and has now handed the management of Valentino’s to his eldest son, Steven, who also serves as Head Chef and helps oversee the day to day running of the business.

Fast-forward a few decades. Valentino’s has grown exponentially. Still on the same street in Queens, it has grown both in terms of size and menu offerings and remains a busy Italian restaurant that is open seven days a week and caters heavily in Queens. Jimmy and his family pride themselves on excellent customer service, offering the highest quality foods and ingredients, and strive to personalize each visit to Valentino’s.

Valentino's Pizzeria & Restaurant | 71-47 Kissena Blvd Flushing, NY 11367 | T 718-591-6464/6477 | 800-834-6401 | F 718-591-8809