1941: Salvatore Leo is born in a little town call Corato in the Puglia region of Southern Italy.
1951: Only 10 years old, Sal immigrates to New York City.
1959: Under the watchful eye of his family, Sal begins mastering the art of making authentic New York pizza by hand by strictly adhering to his family’s well-guarded pizza making techniques and secret recipes.
1975: ‘Sal’s Pizza of Little Neck’ opens and Sal’s legend starts to spread, becoming renowned for some of the finest and freshest pizza throughout the city.
2008: After a number of ‘recovery’ pizzas following a celebratory NYC New Years, the idea of bringing Authentic NY pizza to NZ was born.
Late 2008: Following successful blind taste tests using NZ water on some of Sal’s longest customers in NYC, we prove that NZ WATER WORKS to make Authentic New York Pizza.
2009: ‘Sal’s Authentic New York Pizza’ opens our first store in Auckland, and Brian Leo -’Son o’ Sal and pizza making prodigy’ decides to join us.
Many years later, Brian continues to train and mentor our pizza makers ensuring his family legacy lives on in every slice we serve.
We are proud to say all of our base ingredients are 100% AUTHENTIC and are imported to New Zealand. You will only find these at Sal’s: