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On our way up Il Gran Sasso d'Italia in the Province of Teramo, where my Nonna was born.

Marcello De Feo

Owner

Marcello is a first generation Italian American, South Philly born and raised. His mother hailed from Bisenti in Abruzzo and his father’s family is from Calabria.

He began working in kitchens at a very young age, paying his dues as a dishwasher and working his way onto the line a few years later. He has two decades of restaurant experience and began Valente’s in 2017 as a mobile vending and catering outfit with the goal of transitioning to a brick and mortar location.

He does not want to set the culinary world on fire, nor is he in the business to win James Beard awards. He is motivated by the desire to keep the memories of his family’s matriarch’s alive through food and build a lasting business that he can someday leave to his children.