Our Story

Sal’s serves classic Italian comfort food and delicious daily specials created by Damian. Come visit the lively bar filled with local beer, wine and festive cocktails. Join us for lunch or dinner and don’t forget to ask for ‘Sal’ AKA Damian! Damian Salvatore, a home-grown boy, went to Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. In 1993, Damian kept it local and graduated top of his class from La Academy de Cuisine in Bethesda. He began working for renowned two-star Michelin Chef, Jean Louis Palladin at the Watergate Hotel. His career path then led him to Kinkead’s in Washington DC working under Robert Kinkead, a James Beard Award recipient for Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic. In 1998, with every penny saved Damian and his wife, Stephanie opened their first restaurant at the old Chevy Chase Market location in Bethesda on Wisconsin Avenue and Damian named it Persimmon (Fun Fact! Stephanie’s sister lived on Persimmon Tree Lane at the time) Wanting to create a more casual restaurant vibe, in 2011 Damian and Stephanie opened Wild Tomato in the cozy neighborhood of Cabin John. A few years later in 2016, Sal’s Italian Kitchen was launched to celebrate their last name, Salvatore! Each restaurant is unique, delicious, and full of happy customers and staff alike, come see what we are all about!