By Christi Wayne and Charlie Whitescarver
Special to The Roanoke Times
Walking into Sal’s Jr. in Fairlawn, we knew immediately that we were in an Italian restaurant. The sign said “Seat Yourself,” and as we did, the aroma of oregano, garlic and onions charged up our senses.
One wall inside Sal’s Jr. is completely mirrored, creating the illusion of a much larger space. As we settled into a cozy booth, we caught a glimpse of the large pass-through windows to the kitchen, where guests are likely to see owner Alessandro Pugliese.
Pugliese opened Sal’s Jr. in 2004. His father, Dominic, started Sal’s in Radford in 1978, and his brother, Joe, opened Sal’s in Blacksburg in 2009.
The host was quick to welcome us, and our server was beside us in seconds with menus and a big smile. The lunch and dinner selections at this restaurant are extensive and include soups, salads, burgers, subs, pizza, entrees, calzones, and a kids’ section.
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