Restaurant Impossible takes over Valentino’s

Valentinos Trattoria restaurant located at 1900 Old Trolley Road in Summerville.Leroy Burnell/Staff

A volunteer crew has started demolishing the Summerville restaurant which will be featured on an upcoming episode of “Restaurant Impossible.”

The Summerville Journal Scene reported that a near-record number of fans offered to participate in the Food Network-sponsored makeover of Valentino’s Trattoria on Old Trolley Road. “In terms of volunteer response we’ve never seen this before,” co-producer Nicholas Smalarz last week told the paper, when more than 500 people had registered to help. “It’s very overwhelming.”

Valentino’s Trattoria opened in March 2013. The restaurant charmed Post and Courer critic Deidre Schipani, who delivered three stars for the food. “If you are the kind of eater who likes your red sauce straight up and your pasta abbondanza, Valentino’s is your pizza-pasta palace,” she wrote in her August 2013 review.

According to the Journal Scene’s story, Restaurant Impossible focuses on restaurants suffering from financial woes. The show’s premise involves giving chef Robert Irvine two days and $10,000 to make a restaurant profitable: He usually redecorates; downsizes the menu; improves the food and trains the staff.

Valentino’s closed after last night’s dinner service, and will reopen Friday at 7 p.m. Its website reports Friday night is completely booked, but the restaurant will keep normal hours this weekend.