Joseph Salerno was born in Castrolibero, Cosenza, in the region of Calabria, Italy. The family’s two room home was a gathering place for family and friends to enjoy the traditional flavors of Calabria. His passion for cooking dates back to this childhood years where he remembers preparing pizza in the brick oven found in the rear of the house.
In 1957, parents Rosario and Francesca Salerno brought their family to America in hopes of starting a new and improved life for their family. They arrived at Ellis Island by boat and finally settled here in Chicago.