Brought up in a big traditional Sicilian family, Salvatore learnt the basics with Mamma and Papa, helping them in their catering business (friggitoria).
At fourteen Salvatore attended the local catering academy and got his diploma. He studied during the day and worked in the evenings in the most prestigious restaurant in Palermo, ‘a Cuccagna, where he learnt about high-class dining from a Gran Maestro della Ristorazione Italiana, Cavaliere Francesco Paolo San Marco.
At the age of 16, Salvatore had already made a name for himself in catering and was regularly called upon to organise private dinner parties for the wealthiest families in Palermo. He would travel to his clients’ villas on his vespa, with the fresh fish/ meat/ veg etc. which he would then prepare on site in front of all the guests.
His dream was always to start his own business so, after perfecting his craft at the luxury Kulm hotel in Switzerland, he came to the UK to work. He then became a director of one of the best known Italian restaurants in Cheltenham and subsequently he managed to start his second business “Dolce and Salato” (Sweet and Savoury) in Winchcombe Street.