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Natili's Closing ~

 Photo: Steve Hindmann
Butler is saddened.
September 27, 2014
We are losing our favorite restaurant.

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22 comments:

Natili's Restaurant said...

Announcement: 27 August 2014
It is with a heavy heart that we are making this announcement today. Saturday, September 27th 2014, we will be closing the restaurant. I would personally like to thank all of our customers for their patronage over the years. All of you that met your lifelong partners here...the ones who got engaged here...celebrated their weddings and birthdays here. We have loved every minute of the last 75 years. Natili Restaurant was always more than just a business, it was truly a life experience.

Until we close, please be sure to come in and visit! We still have great food and wonderful employees that would love to see you. Keep an eye out for weekend entertainment and our nightly specials. Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for our biggest blowout party to date! Saturday, September 27th, Come in and say your farewells and listen to Vince & the Gang for the final time at Natili South!

Anonymous said...

When I was a teenager if a guy wanted to impress a girl he'd save up for a month and take her to Natili's for dinner.Great food,good atmosphere for the over 21 crowd too. Whenever I came back to Butler over the years it was a place I'd always get to. Thanks for the memories.

Anonymous said...

Sad to see another family-owned business close their doors. Great restaurant with a lot of nice people who worked there. Thanks for the memories.

Liz W said...

Another Butler icon....sad.

Anonymous said...

Can't believe it. This can't be!

Paul T said...

Wow. Many meals were eaten there with many friends. Hard to see it go.

James Zambroski said...

I'm pretty fussy about my Italian food and I've always judged what I've tried around the country by what I grew with and enjoyed at Natili's or what I make in my own kitchen. Fortunately, La Terrazza on 7th Avenue, Ybor City, Tampa fills the bill quite nicely. I've been gone from Butler for a number years so I'm not privy to what's let to this closing (other than a lack of business). But I have to admit, the news hit me like a sledgehammer. I don't know why but I always thought Natili's was a Butler institution that was invincible (no pun intended, Vince). Adieu and thanks!

Anonymous said...

I worked for Count Agazzi when I was in high school. He was the son-in-law at the time. He did the painted glasswork that was in the bar. The elder Mr. Natili would stop by on Saturday when I worked to see how things were going. He was a very nice, kind man, and I think that carried over to the rest of the family. It will be sad to see that corner empty.

Anonymous said...

Sorry to see this Butler icon is closing. What wonderful memories. The food was delicious. When I come back to visit family, I always go there. Always loved the gnocchi and the red roquefort salad dressing. Best of luck to all.

Anonymous said...

I too moved to Tampa.....sorry Butler dont miss ya!! Especially when i see more of this every day!

Anonymous said...

What a shame to see this place close, I remember this being a special treat to have Sunday Supper at Natili's. My mom and stepdad would make a point of asking to talk to "cookie" as they called him and he'd come out of the kitchen to check on our meal. Maude would never forget to bring me a Shirley Temple with extra cherries.

Anonymous said...

This place is a prime example of not changing or updating with the times. I am in my mid 30s and remember hearing about this being an expensive/nice restaurant. When I finally got to go there I was amazed at how old everything looked. Nothing looked real clean. The food was not real great either. I have been to chain restaurants that served better food. You have to keep updating the food and the decor if you want to stay in business. This was a dinosaur of a place that lived on its reputation far to long and should have been gone long ago. Hopefully something fresh will take its place.

Anonymous said...

"This was a dinosaur of a place that lived on its reputation..."

That's what is referred to as culture, such as the Coliseum was a dinosaur of a place that lived on it's reputation; like Times Square was a dinosaur of a place that lived on it's reputation. Even memories are dinosaurs of experience living on their reputation.

You're view is of your perception but I might add that 75 years in the business means something was done right ala food, decor, sanitation and so forth. But...to each their own...

Anonymous said...

Wow, you can compare the Coliseum with Natili south as a cultural reference, is that a joke!? Listen all I am saying is that you have to change with the times. They may have done that in the past but the owners gave up on this place. Blame them and no one else for the closing of this place. They didnt give up on Natili North which was a place that was thought less of. They put money into that place, changed the style and it is going strong. You can live on your memories of this dinosaur and I will eat at some place that cares enough to vacuum the carpet and dust the lighting.

Been There said...

It was part of the Butler myth for generations, I guess for Butler it was great shakes but elswhere not so much

R. Wertz said...

Ah, yes, Natili's! The place that my girfriend taught me how to twerl the spagets.

There were not many places in Butler to have such a dining experience that existed at Natili's during the last century.

Closing-well, running a restaurant is a tough business and to do it successfully for the length of time that Natili's did it at that location is an accomplishment. Let's hope the newer venue stays around for another 75+ years!

Anonymous said...

Natili's still had great food and a friendly persona. We had the Butler High Tennis Banquet there and everyone loved the food and the atmosphere. The closing, I don't believe, at anything to do with the food or the decor. It has to do with the shifting culture. It has hard to compete against the national advertising of the chains and the suburban anywhere USA culture. People talk about supporting the "little guy" and local business, but in practice most don't care.

Anonymous said...

They had the best chili cheese fries. I would get them every Saturday night then go home and watch Fantasy Island.

Joanna N. Reynolds said...

My Dad, Joe Nezovich, worked at Natili's as a bartender for many years in the '60's and '70's. I loved this restaurant and thought it served great Italian food. Thanks for the memories--I stopped here many times while traveling across the state with my job, and I will miss it greatly.

J. Reynolds

Lois Burris said...

what a shame!!! Loved that place and loved the beautiful crystal chandeliers in the bar area. When I worked in Butler, my boss would always take us to Natili's for secretary's day or special occasians. I always loved the food and also downed a few in the beautiful bar....many good memories.

ArylB said...

I really loved their food and have some great memories of being there. I like Natili's North, too, but I wish they would have kept Natili's South and skipped the pizza place.

Chen Alan said...

So sad...