Anthony Salvatore, former owner of Hoboken pizzeria, remembered for his love of Italian heritage and family

Anthony Salvatore, the former owner of Filippo’s on First Pizzeria in Hoboken, died Saturday. He was 46.

Salvatore, who battled lymphoma for six years, was an “old soul” who embraced his Italian heritage and a love for food, loved ones wrote on a GoFundMe page created in his memory.

The page, which has a goal of raising $50,000 to support Salvatore’s wife and three sons, has raised more than $32,000 in just three days.

A North Bergen native, Salvatore graduated from North Bergen High School and went on to own two Italian restaurants: Filippo’s on First Pizzeria, between Willow and Park avenues, and later, Casa Azzurri Italian Restaurant in Madison.

Customers raved on Yelp about the specialty pies and flavorful sauce at Filippo’s, which never reopened after suffering extensive flooding in Superstorm Sandy.

“Hoboken has good pizza but NOTHING compares to filippo’s,” one person wrote on Yelp, begging for the

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Maybe it was something in Odessa McAtee’s dressing that led her son to a career in cooking.

“He loved my dressing,” she said, speaking over the phone Thursday from her home in Louisville, Kentucky. “‘Mama, make me some dressing,’” she recalled his asking all the time.

Her turkey dressing and collard greens were his favorites. “My collard greens? I pick them, I wash them, and I make sure that they are good and clean,” she said. “When I put them in the pot, I put my ham hock and my country ham and some red dry pepper and some regular salt.”

And the turkey dressing? “My dressing is really a secret recipe.”

Taking lessons learned in part from his mother’s kitchen, David McAtee went on to become a beloved fixture on the corner of 26th Street and Broadway in the predominantly black West End neighborhood of Louisville. There, his simple

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