Photo essay: Leeds family team help serve up a little taste of Italy

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Over the last four decades this family have been credited with bringing a taste of Italy to Leeds.

And double act John and Gip Dammone are at the helm of Salvo’s, in Headingley.

Gip Dammone in the Salumeria. PIC: James Hardisty

Gip Dammone in the Salumeria. PIC: James Hardisty

The restaurant itself was founded by the late Salvatore Dammone. He came from a small Sicilian farming village called Palagonia.

Salvo’s was part of a new wave of restaurants and officially opened its doors in August 1976. It was so popular people were forced to queue down the street because there were no reservations. A photo of a young Salvo and his wife Nunzia looks down on the present operation to remind the family of where they come from

The restaurant even became a star on the screen after winning Gordon Ramsay’s F-Word best Italian restaurant of the year award, beating more than 50 other entrants.

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