Sanford is blessed with some really great Italian restaurants: Cafe Vesuvio, Elizabeth’s, La Dolce Vita, and La Montesina to name a few.

Despite some setbacks, plans are still in the works to add to that list. Adam Valenti, the owner of Valenti’s in Vass, still plans to build a new location on Main Street in Sanford behind the South Horner Boulevard Piggly Wiggly.

The Rant reported last Spring that the Sanford City Council voted to rezone a plot of land at the location for the restaurant. At that time the owner stated that he hoped to start construction in July.

Rant readers have yet to see any activity on the site, though, and asked that we look into it. So we did.

Valenti said he still plans to build the restaurant, but has had some setbacks. He’s still waiting on a few permits, but hopes to start construction this spring, he said.