Aug. 20, 1928 – April 19, 2019
Mary C. Salvatore of Amherst, a member of a prominent family of restaurateurs, died Friday in Erie County Medical Center. She was 90.
Miss Salvatore was born in Buffalo two years after her Italian immigrant parents, Joseph and Gaetana Salvatore, opened the grocery store and tavern that became the original Salvatore’s Restaurant on East Delavan Avenue.
Her younger brothers are Russell J. Salvatore, who created Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and Russell’s Steaks, Chops and More, and the late Anthony J. Salvatore, who owned Mr. Anthony’s and the Little White House restaurants.
Miss Salvatore grew up across the street from the restaurant, and when her father insisted that the children take music lessons, she played the piano.
In his biography, “Well Done,” her brother Russell noted that she did not come out to perform in the restaurant with him and Anthony in their band, the Singing Salvatores, “because we couldn’t carry the piano across the street.”
A 1947 graduate of Kensington High School, she joined her brothers in assisting in their parents’ restaurant. In his book, Russell noted that she was “a beautiful lady” and “a hard worker.” Later she was secretary at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens and, as her parents grew older, she dedicated herself to caring for them until their deaths.
In recent years, she was a resident of Vinecroft Assisted Living Facility in Clarence, where she enjoyed watching and critiquing her brother Russell’s television commercials.
In addition to Russell, survivors include nieces and a nephew.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. April 24 in Christ the King Catholic Church, 30 Lamarck Drive at Main Street, Snyder.