Chef-owner, Salvatore Anania, opened Salvatore Ristorante Italiano in March 1988. Born in Stigliano, a small town in the region of Basilicata in southern Italy, Salvatore credits his culinary skills to his mom, Aurelia Dimase. However, Salvatore has always been quick to add that, "I can never quite get my sauces to taste as good as hers." Although his mom passed away, Salvatore still returns home to Italy to spend time with his family and enjoy his sister's cooking, a close second to his mom's.
Salvatore Ristorante was one of the first of many neighborhood Italian restaurants to open its door in the late 1980s. Twenty-nine years later, Salvatore has proven he has staying power continually bringing back regulars as well as gaining new customers. Salvatore often comments that, "Many of my regular customers today started coming to my restaurant as very young children with their parents."
Salvatore Ristorante has always been a family business. Salvatore's daughter and oldest son both work at the restaurant on a regular basis, and you will frequently find Salvatore's younger sons present with the eldest of the two recently trying his hands at bussing.