Arrivederci, Caffé Malvina

Longtime downtown restaurant closing its doors

After 35 years Caffé Malvina, the slice of Sicilian cuisine in downtown Chico, is closing its doors. “It’s time,” said owner Sal Corona (pictured). When they heard the news, some longtime patrons worried they hadn’t patronized the restaurant often enough.

“People shouldn’t feel guilty,” the feisty Corona said. “Nobody can afford to go out to eat anymore.”

Caffé Malvina has been at its present location on Third Street between Broadway and Salem for the past 29 years, having previously been located on the west side of Broadway, between First and Second streets. Corona said he almost closed in May, but decided to stick out one more summer. “That was mistake,” he said, shaking his head and smiling.

Corona, his wife, Denise, and daughters, Amanda and Brigida are inviting regulars to stop by Friday night, Sept. 28, at 10 p.m. to share stories and memories. “It is with gratitude we thank our wonderful employees, the family and friends and loyal customers who have gone the distance with us,” said a note taped to the restaurant’s front door.