Leeds pasta masters scoop accolade for fifth year

Brothers John and Gip Dammone of Salvo's. PIC: Ross Parry
Brothers John and Gip Dammone of Salvo's. PIC: Ross Parry
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A MUCH-loved restaurant in Leeds is savouring the taste of success after scooping two more accolades.

Italian eatery Salvo’s, which celebrates its 40th anniversary next year, grabbed a pizza the action after being awarded an AA rosette – for the 5th year running.

The family-run restaurant in Headingley has also been included in the prestigious Hardens UK Restaurant Survey 2015.

Salvo’s has featured in the guide since its inception in 1998 and was recently praised for “continually reinventing itself, and getting even better”.

Brothers John and Gip Dammone’s father Salvatore originally opened the restaurant on Otley Road in 1976, and they soon followed in his footsteps to take over the business.

John said: “It’s a great finish to the 2014 and an endorsement for which we are immensely proud.”

The brothers have also been recognised by the YEP’s Oliver Awards, winning the accolade of Outstanding Contribution to the Dining Scene in Yorkshire in 2012.

They also won the Best Italian award in 2012 and the Best Suburban Restaurant category last year.

Sainsbury Magazine also praised the restaurant, including it in the top restaurants in the UK to eat pizza, and lauded the restaurant as ‘an institution’.

Back in 2009, Salvo’s hit our television screens as they beat more than 50 other Italian restaurants across the UK to win Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word show for ‘Best Italian Restaurant’.

The restaurant and adjoining salumeria takes a weekly delivery from Milan Market, which they believe is key to their success.

The AA recently announced the latest restaurants to be awarded the coveted three and four rosettes.

But just one restaurant is being awarded the prestigious four rosettes – The Burlington Restaurant at Bolton Abbey.