Founder of iconic local restaurant Mamma DiSalvo’s dies

Feb 15, 2020 264

BY: Amelia Robinson

The patriarch of one of the Dayton-area’s most beloved restaurants died at Kettering Medical Center on Wednesday, Feb. 12, his namesake confirmed. Mamma DiSalvo’s Italian Ristorante founder Rinaldo DiSalvo Sr. leaves behind a legacy of love, his son, Rinaldo DiSalvo Jr., the owner of DiSalvo's Deli & Italian Stores, said this morning. 

“He was a great father, a great cook,” Rinaldo Jr. said. “He provided for us, made sure we had a roof over our heads, clothing, food and love.” Rinaldo DiSalvo Sr., a Kettering resident, was 84. The restaurant located at 1375 E. Stroop Road in Kettering is a Dayton-area mainstay.  

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