AnnaMaria and Paolo Valenti

AnnaMaria and Paolo Valenti, who were married on Jan. 13, 1962, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at Bell'Italia Pizzeria with a very intimate dinner that included 40 of their close family and friends.

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The owners of Bell' Italia restaurant in Ahwatukee Foothills, Paola and Mario Caputo, their two sons, Matt and Sam, and Paola's two brothers, recently hosted a special party. Paola's parents, AnnaMaria and Paolo Valenti, who were married on Jan. 13, 1962, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary at the restaurant with a very intimate dinner that included 40 of their close family and friends.

The dinner included Italian music in the background and a stroll down memory lane as they watched a slide show of many photos from their 50 years together, along with a video taken 25 years ago at their 25th anniversary surprise party. The family lived most of their lives in Connecticut before moving to Phoenix.

The Valenti's were seated under their wedding photo along with other family photos that decorate the restaurant walls. The restaurant will celebrate 10 years in Ahwatukee this year.

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