Sal’s Ristorante & Pizzeria

This blog post celebrates the resilience and culinary excellence of Sal's Ristorante & Pizzeria, an establishment that weathered the pandemic and emerged with its passion for authentic Italian cuisine intact. It delves into the history of Sal's, originally known as Mimmo’s, highlighting its homemade dough and a menu that has pleased patrons since 1984. The post paints a picture of Sal's as a slice of old-school New York in Albuquerque, with offerings that range from classic pizzas to full Italian dishes, a coffee bar serving handcrafted cappuccinos and espressos, and beloved dishes like the "Bat and the Ball". It's a tribute to a local eatery that's much more than a restaurant—it's a part of the community fabric, promising a comforting, delicious experience to all who visit.

Mark Stensland

11/8/20232 min read

"Sal's Ristorante & Pizzeria: The Triumphant Taste of Resilience"

In a world where the word 'pivot' became as commonplace as 'unprecedented', Sal's Ristorante & Pizzeria stands as a testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the enduring love for authentic cuisine. When the tempest of the pandemic forced many establishments into darkness, Sal Cerami's Mimmo’s—now reborn as Sal’s—endured a nine-month slumber. Yet, like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Sal wasn't ready to let the embers of his culinary dream die out.

With a team of dedicated employees and a chorus of customers yearning for a taste of nostalgia, Sal's made a triumphant return. This isn't your run-of-the-mill pizza joint; this is a slice of New York's soul, nestled right in the heart of ABQ. Since 1984, Sal's has been kneading homemade dough and crafting pizzas that are more than meals—they're memories in the making.

Step into Sal's, and you're stepping into a comforting embrace of old-school charm. It's a place where time seems to slow down, inviting you to savor each bite and each moment. And while the pizza, with its golden crust and fresh, homemade sausage, is the star of the show, there's a whole Italian menu waiting to dance on your palate.

But Sal's is not just about dining; it's about experience. Here, a coffee bar stands ready to craft made-to-order cappuccinos and espressos, transforming a simple meal into a culinary event. The crusts cater to every diner, from classic to gluten-free aficionados, to those who yearn for the heartiness of a deep dish.

Amongst the favorites are the "Bat and the Ball"—a homage to Italian tradition with homemade meatballs and sausage swathed in marinara, ricotta, and mozzarella. And for those seeking a lighter fare, the Caprese Salad offers fresh, vibrant flavors, while the Limoncello Cake is a sweet symphony that promises to linger long after the last bite.

So, here's to Sal's—a place where the past has been lovingly preserved, and the future is served up one slice at a time. It's a corner of Albuquerque where every dish tells a story, every customer becomes family, and every visit reminds us that some good things not only last but get better with time. Come to Sal's, where every meal is a testament to the flavors of life and the unyielding spirit of a community that loves to eat well.