If you stop in at Salute Italian restaurant, don't be surprised to find proprietor and Chef Gaetano DeLuca belting out some Frank Sinatra or dancing.DeLuca chose the name "Salute" to represent the celebration of life that he creates daily in his authentic Italian eatery. The word in Italian means "health." DeLuca's philosophy is, "Everybody has good and bad days. When you go out to dine, it's a time of family, no worries. You want to have a good time. Salute is about family, good food and saluting good health."
Born in Calabria, Italy, DeLuca grew up in Baltimore, learning his family's restaurant business and eventually becoming a chef. He claims his specialty calamari appetizer has held the record of Baltimore Magazine's "Best of Baltimore" since 1997.
"I don't cut corners," "Everything is fresh. It may cost a little more, but it's always the best."
Salute imports many ingredients, coffee and desserts from Italy. "The only way to make authentic Italian food is with authentic Italian ingredients," DeLuca reasoned.