The Salvo’s Story


Salvatore Dammone opened Salvo’s Restaurant in 1976. This year sees us celebrating 40 years in the business, Salvo’s still remains one of the most innovative Italian restaurants in the region serving contemporary Italian food in an informal relaxed atmosphere, a simple consistent formula which has kept thousands of fantastic customers coming back for more.

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In 1977 we completed our first year in Headingley.

We already had many regulars who came for their weekly fix of pasta and pizza. Other places to eat in the area included Mr Natural. Later called Café Caliente owned and operated by Peter which served, possibly the best Mexican/Southwestern food in Leeds. Then there was The Nosebag on North Lane and Preachers Diner serving American style hamburgers behind the Skyrack. Armstrong’s on Monkbridge Road, owned by Mr Armstrong, one of my catering college tutors, served classic French Cuisine in elegant surroundings.  This was the offering in those days.

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We are proud to continue on our fathers’ vision of bringing southern Italian hospitality to this corner of Leeds.


Gip Dammone & John Dammone



We pride ourselves on offering our guests the best quality Italian cuisine.

The second generation of the Dammone family are today continuing the traditions of Salvo’s and as always look forward to providing you with the welcome and service Salvo’s prides itself on.

Awards & Recognition

Awards & Recognition

John & Gip Dammone awarded the accolade of Outstanding Contribution to the dining scene in Yorkshire by the YEP Oliver awards 2012

Winners of the Oliver Awards 2011 & 2012 for Best Italian

Best Suburban Restaurant Oliver Awards 2014

Welcome to Yorkshire, White Rose Awards 2012 – Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year – Highly Commended

The Good Food Guide Restaurant of the Year 2012 Regional Winner

Listed in The Good Food Guide every year since 1985

Listed in Hardens Guide 2016 – Restaurant Guide

Winner of the Italian Restaurant Gold Award 2011 from the Pizza, Pasta & Italian Food Association, The PAPA Industry Awards

John & Gip Dammone awarded the accolade of becoming Yorkshire Patrons by Welcome to Yorkshire

Salvo’s, voted the UK’s Best Neighbourhood Italian Restaurant by Gordon Ramsay on Channel 4’s the “F Word”

Salvo’s awarded an AA Rosette in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016

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Salvo's Restaurant booking

The reservation form below allows you to book directly into our restaurant for tables up to 12 people. If you require a larger booking contact us directly on 0113 2755017. If there is no availability showing please call us directly on 0113 2755017 as we may be able to help. Or alternatively we may have space in our Salumeria restaurant.

We always hold a number of tables for walk-ins on a first come - first served basis on the tables available. If we are full when you arrive we will happily add you to the waiting list. While you are waiting why not have a drink & nibbles in our bar.