Nino's Italian Restaurant

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Nino's Italian Restaurant is an Italian restaurant located at 2968 Pelham Parkway in Pelham.

The restaurant was founded in 2009 by Walter Caron and sportscaster Eli Gold. Both native New Yorkers, Caron and Gold became friends around 2003 when Gold and his wife frequented Salvatore's in Vestavia Hills where Caron was the manager. They named their new restaurant for Caron's uncle, Nino Reale. They decided to open the restaurant in a former Shoney's in Pelham because there were no Italian restaurants in the area.

After Caron died in February 2019 his family continued to operate the restaurant for a short while. Caron's wife, Chris died in July, and the business was closed down on August 31 of that year.

In September, Nino's reopened under the management of Tim Vakakes and Kevin Lather. The new owners hoped to preserve the established menu and expand the restaurant's lunch business.


  • Carlton, Bob (April 24, 2009) "Eli Gold, voice of the Crimson Tide, to open Pelham restaurant." The Birmingham News
  • Carlton, Bob (December 11, 2013) "Alabama's Eli Gold responds to radio ads: 'I DO NOT ENDORSE Salvatore’s restaurant'." The Birmingham News
  • Rebman, Stephanie (August 22, 2019) "Italian restaurant closing in Pelham." Birmingham Business Journal
  • Thornton, William (August 22, 2019) "Pelham restaurant owned by Eli Gold closing." The Birmingham News
  • Thornton, William (September 17, 2019) "Nino’s Italian Restaurant reopens in Pelham." The Birmingham News

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