Serving You Since 2006

About Us

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Salvatori's Authentic Italian Eatery is a BBB Accredited Restaurant in Fort Wayne, IN

Our Story

In the 1950’s and 60’s, Dominic “Doc” Leto opened and operated a pizza parlor in Fort Wayne called Leto’s Pizza on Broadway. It was one of the original Italian inspired restaurants in the area and the first to introduce the now popular sausage roll to the community. At the time, it was a solution to feeding the hurried workers who frequented the pizzeria. Served in a paper bag to go, a patron could enjoy eating a rolled sausage pizza with only one hand. Not many people were familiar with pizza or the Italian flavor, but it soon became a popular place for locals to dine.

On any given day, my Uncle Dominic was in the kitchen doing his magic with the food. Frequently by his side were my grandfather Sam Sr., grandmother Marie, and father Sam Jr. working together in order to satisfy the customers. Incidentally, my father even met my mother Patricia at Leto’s when she worked there as a young waitress.

Salvatori Leto

As an adult, Sam Jr. joined the F.W.P.D. where he was a well-respected and decorated police officer for 22 years. Over the course of that time, he served the community in various capacities including the position of Deputy Chief of Police. Yet, when he retired from the department in 1986, he longed to return to the business that he so enjoyed as a young man—the restaurant business. He opened his own Italian restaurant in downtown Fort Wayne on Columbia Street. It was called Sam’s Place. Unfortunately, my father passed away soon after falling ill and the restaurant was unable to survive without him at the helm.

This short-lived endeavor always stuck with me through my career as I dreamt of one day opening my own Italian restaurant in my father’s honor. Twenty years later in 2006, my wife Angelina and I opened the first Salvatori’s, (which is the Italian equivalent of Samuel), in New Haven, Indiana. Since then it has been our goal to keep the dream I share with my father alive—to serve authentic homemade Italian food to the Fort Wayne community.

Samual J. and Angelina Leto

Sam and Angel

In 2012, Angelina and I had the opportunity to open a second location on the southwest side of Fort Wayne. We were welcomed to the Aboite area with rave reviews. As we have expanded, our children Brittany and Sam IV continue the family tradition started in the kitchen of Leto’s Pizza, as they help out with various aspects of the restaurant business. Both seem eager to learn and keep the dream alive for future generations! Our family and staff are dedicated to providing your family with a great dining experience. We would like to thank all of the people who have supported us over the years and welcome our new friends dining with us.

Sam and Angel Leto, Family, and Staff