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.
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.