Pizzeria closes its doors today
Saturday 22nd December 2012, 12:00PM GMT.
VALENTINO’S will close its doors for the last time today after 32 years.
Manager Peter Mayer said it was time to retire.
‘I’m 70 – it is time to throw in the towel,’ he said.
Mr Mayer bought the restaurant from HM Sheriff for around £50,000 – despite not giving the highest bid in a silent auction to sell the property.
‘They said they wanted me because I always pay my bills. And I always have.’
Starting in the hospitality industry as an apprentice in 1956 at the prestigious Hotel Sacher in Vienna, Mr Mayer has been in the business ever since.