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Twentieth Anniversary at Sal's
By Rick Winterson

     Traditions grow in many ways.  Sometimes, they reflect a historic event or a long-term athletic rivalry.  Some things simply grow into traditions because they have been around a long while, providing excellent service and value.  Sal’s Ristorante and Pizzeria is that kind of tradition.

     Take the time to stop in at Sal’s this week.  They started up in June, 1986, and have been at the southwest corner of L and Eighth Streets ever since.  Congratulate Sal, Phyllis, Calo, and the staff on their 20 years of great food and service to the neighborhood

     By neighborhood, we don’t mean just a few blocks in either direction.  We mean all around South Boston, and points beyond.  Massport personnel, longshoremen from the Black Falcon Terminal, and police officers on detail are among the patrons at Sal’s.  Commuters stop in for a quick breakfast.  School kids drop by for an afternoon snack.  Takeout meals delivered all over South Boston are very popular in the evenings.

     If anything, Sal’s brings to L and Eighth a feel that is similar to the North End.  The woodwork and the layout, along with the smells of Italian cooking, are a real trip, without the hassle of driving and parking over there.

     Sal’s tradition really began in 1962, when he emigrated from Sicily.  He then married Phyllis (Fosco), who came here from Abruzzi, Italy.  For many years, Sal and his sister, Betty, worked at Colonial Meat Processing, which among other things, produced Fenway Franks.  When Colonial shut down, Sal and Betty started up an Italian takeout restaurant in what was once the L Street Food Store.  That was on June 1, 1986.  The LoGrassos have been there ever since.

     A few years ago, Betty decided to retire.  After much thought and consideration, Sal decided to buy her out and stay open.  His son, Calogero (“Calo”), became the Manager; his wife, Phyllis, did a lot of cooking and menu development.  Calo commutes in from Stoneham as early as 6 a.m., where he lives with his wife, Rina, and their sons, Colagero (5) and Marco (3). The LoGrassos financed renovations and put in pizza ovens – a response to the fact that pizza is America’s most popular takeout dish.

     The wood treatment, both inside and outside, along with glossy black tables and counters, make Sal’s a place to stay and enjoy leisurely meals.  The business has evolved from its original takeout emphasis to sit-down dining.  Nowadays, Sal’s offer a delivery service also, and does catering for all sizes of get-togethers – small family parties up to corporate functions.  Give them a call.

One thing that won’t ever change is Sal’s tradition of serving authentic, home-style Italian food.  Sal’s will even make you homemade sausages to order.  Current favorites at Sal’s are their Penne alla Fiorentina and homemade lasagna.

     Sal’s Ristorante and Pizzeria is unique in many ways.  Even out-of-staters who go there say so.  It’s also a community supporter, with extensive sponsorship of youth athletic teams.  When you stop in be sure to wish them a Happy 20th Anniversary.

     Call Sal’s at (617)268-5800 for takeout, delivery, and catering.  Sal’s is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; on Saturday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Visa/Mastercard are accepted.

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Sal, Phyllis, and Calo of Sal's Ristorante and Pizzeria.  Sal

and Calo admit that Phyllis is

the most important person