Salvatore’s Pizzaiolo Trattoria

Guest Post by Kelley Edwards

Posted: May 22, 2013

For nearly 20 years, Salvatore's in Halifax's Hydrostone district has been serving up some of the best-loved pizza in Metro. According to owner and Pizzaiolo ("man who makes pizza"),  Chris Cuddihy, the secret is simplicity.

It was more than two decades ago that Chris went to work  for Salvatore's New York Pizza in Halifax.  When the owners decided to retire, Cuddihy wanted to keep the tradition alive, so Salvatore's was reincarnated and in 1994 Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria opened it's doors and has become one of the city's favourite places for quality pizza pie.

Chris says the secret to Salvatore's success is simple. They simply make their pizza as good as it can be. "If it's good,  people will come"

And they do.

To Chris Cuddihy, the most important factors are patience and consistency.  In the last 19 years, their basic pizza has remained the same. Salvatore's has been sourcing local ingredients from the beginning, along before it was the trend.

In fact, the sauce is made from the same recipe that came from the original owner's Sicilian Grandmother. Both dough and sauce are made on the premises and now they even sell it so that customers can make their own creations at home.  And Cuddihy credits Salvatore's customers for any improvements they have made over the years.

"Often our customers will make suggestions, and we try them out. For instance, years ago, someone suggested that we try putting the sauce on over the cheese, and that's what we do. We also put any toppings on half way through the baking process, so that they are still a bit firm. It is the little touches that make the biggest difference"

Those little touches are obviously working for them, as Salvatore's Pizzaiolo Trattoria is not only locally famous, but has been mentioned in Gourmet Magazine in their travel journal, as well as featured  You Gotta Eat Here, both the television show as well as the book version.

The most popular version of Salvatore's pizza is "The Original" which consists of a thin crust, brushed with garlic-infused olive oil, covered with mozzarella cheese, Salvatore's traditional tomato sauce, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese and herbs.  But they also have many other topping options as well. And there are the specialty pizza's.

If you're adventurous and would like to try something a little different (and like seafood) try this one...

You can make this at home, or stop by their always hoppin' location in the Hydrostone.

For a look at their great menu visit


For more posts by Kelley Edwards check out...

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