Salvatore was born in Soveria Mannelli, Provincia de Catanzaro, Italy. He was married to Maria Grazia Pascuzzi also born in Soveria. Their oldest son, Santo, was born in Soveria and was 9 months old before Salvatore left Italy to come to the United States in 1912 locating originally in Endeavor, Pennsylvania and then later in Warren, Pennsylvania. Grazia and Santo joined Salvatore in 1921. They had four more sons, Natale, Ernest, Robert and Eugene.