Owners of Leeds’ oldest family run Italian are retiring after almost 50 years in Headingley

Open since 1976, Salvo’s has become a true Leeds institution.

From humble beginnings small traitorous style eatery to the modern Italian restaurant that wines and dines Headingley locals every night of the week – Salvo’s has become a staple trip for many in the area.

Surrounded by photographs of the late Salvo and his wife honeymooning in Italy in the 1950s, memories spanning lifetimes are proudly part of the four walls here – and you really do feel as if you’ve walked into a place that’s been loved and cherished across the generations.

Today it has been announced that owners Gip and John Dammone that they will be retiring, and intend to sell the restaurant.

Images: Salvo’s
chairs and tables inside Salvo's.

Owners Gip and John Dammone told the Yorkshire Evening Post that “It’s been an incredible journey. We’ve had the pleasure of serving generations of families and have made lifelong friends through this business” noting that they’re “grateful for the support and love we’ve received from the community over the years”.

The restaurant has won many awards over the years, they have been listed in The Good Food Guide since 1984, been awarded a AA Rosette every year since 2010 and have even been voted the UK’s best neighbourhood Italian restaurant by Gordon Ramsay on Channel 4’s The F Word.

Salvo’s will remain trading and providing the usual Italian treats from the restaurant but the freehold unit and the business itself are both now for sale.

It has been reported that Stoneacre Properties will be taking care of the sale of the property on Otley Road.

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If you’ve never been down to Salvo’s or want to make sure you’ve got at least one more bite of the arancini before the sale commences, make sure to book yourself a trip down to Otley Road.

Feature Image – Salvo’s via Instagram

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