On Saturday, July 22, Salvatore DeRose Jr., manager at Sal’s Pizza, died at the age of 49.
He had worked for the family business, which had gained a loyal following after 53 years, since he was 13 years old. “I think that [Salvatore DeRose Jr.] brought a sense of family to Sal’s [Pizza],” said Anna Maffucci, of Mamaroneck.
Mayor Norman Rosenblum described the pizzeria as “an integral part” of the village community.
“It’s also a great place for people to meet, eat and have a good time,” he said.
DeRose Jr. was born on July 21, 1968, to Salvatore Sr. and Teresa DeRose.
DeRose Jr. leaves behind his wife Maria DeRose and four children, Alexandra, Nicole, Salvatore III, and Cristina DeRose.
“[Salvatore DeRose Jr.] always went out of his way to provide the best customer service, and made sure everyone was happy,” said Stephen DeRose, DeRose Jr.’s brother.
The pizzeria, located at 316 Mamaroneck Ave., is most known for dishes including its Sicilian and salad slices, a slice of pizza topped with lettuce, Italian dressing and tomatoes.
“It’s like the best pizza around…. I enjoy eating there on my lunch hour, or later after work with friends,” said Patrick McEvily, of Yonkers. “It’s a really nice place.”
On July 28, The Church of the Resurrection in Rye held a mass for Salvatore DeRose Jr. The pizzeria was also closed that day in observance of his passing.