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Sal Dell'Orto


Sal Dell’Orto, age 84 of Wayne, died peacefully with his family at his bedside on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

Sal was born in Manhattan and earned a scholarship to Fordham University. He graduated Cum Laude and went right to work at his family’s business; “Manganaro Grosseria Italiana”; purveyors of premium Italian specialty foods. His family started the famous eatery on New York’s Ninth Avenue in 1893 and Sal proudly carried the torch until 2010. Manganaro’s was truly a New York City landmark during his tenure, and Sal was the charismatic owner that all of his customers came to love. He became personal friends with the likes of Jackie Gleason and Shecky Greene, had coffee every morning with Burt Lancaster during the filming of “Tough Guys”, and Frank Sinatra would request that his Prosciutto be personally sliced by Sal. The Ninth Avenue Food Festival was traditionally started with the sitting New York City mayor enjoying a meal at Manganaro’s followed by an opening ceremony on the sidewalk right out front. Sal has had lunch with Jacob Javits, Ed Koch, David Dinkins and Rudy Giuliani, just to name a few. Sal enjoyed many ‘firsts’ at Manganaro’s: first family to import Salami from Italy shortly after World War I, GQ magazine featured him in the late 1990’s wearing fine Italian suits, and he is credited with inventing the “Six Foot Hero” sandwich in 1956. The six foot hero earned him a spot on the TV game show “What’s My Line?” where Sal successfully stumped the panelists. The Hormel Meats Company also used his grosseria as the set for many of their TV commercials over the years. Needless to say, he enjoyed a lengthy career and was blessed with many wonderful and dear friends throughout the years.

Sal and his wife Marion (2012) met while vacationing in the Catskills. He made her laugh all the time and she fell in love with his magnetic personality. They were married in 1949 with over eight hundred guests at their Brooklyn wedding. Sal had to pay for the wedding, but he often remarked that she was worth every penny. They settled in Brooklyn before moving to Wayne in 1961. Together, they were social butterflies and active members of North Jersey Country Club for over forty years. They loved to golf there, but were also instrumental in planning bus trips to New York City for Broadway shows and shopping. Sal also enjoyed his annual golf trips with his buddies to various golf destinations around the country and Puerto Rico.

Having grown up and lived in New York City, Sal didn’t need a car until he moved to Wayne. Once he started driving, he loved it! His first car was a Desoto and he became a ‘luxury sedan aficionado’ over the years. Selecting his new car was an important task and was very particular. He enjoyed his share of Cadillacs and Lincolns, but his favorite car was a toss-up between Mercedes and Audi. Simply going for a drive brought him joy and relaxation. Most of the family vacations over the years were road trips and Sal did all the driving. On a recent ride to the grocery store, Sal commented to his son-in-law Steve how nice it was to just be riding around in the car.

Sal is survived by his five daughters; Seline Dell’Orto of Pompton Lakes, Linda Dell’Orto of Montclair, Nina Dell’Orto of Wayne, Marissa Dell’Orto-Alex and her husband Steve of Florida, and Lisa Dell’Orto-Tiase of Pompton Lakes, three grandchildren; Marina Alex and Anthony Alex of Florida and Vivian Tiase of Pompton Lakes, as well as many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his wife Marion in April of 2012.

Friends may visit with the family at the Vander May Wayne Colonial Funeral Home, 567 Ratzer Road, Wayne, on Friday, February 15, 2013 from 2-4 & 7-9 PM. Funeral Services will be held at 8:30 AM on Saturday, February 16 from the funeral home, then to Our Lady of the Valley RC Church, Wayne, where at 9:30AM a Funeral Mass will be offered. Entombment will follow at the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery, Totowa, NJ.

Donations in Sal’s memory, if friends so wish, would be greatly appreciated. Please consider the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004, or the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.



Guest Book


My absolute deepest sympathies to Mr. Dell'Orto's entire family at this time of sadness.

Jean O'Reilly


Our thoughts and prayers are with you we are so sorry for your great lost Sal was a great guy . I will always remember him and your mom. We had a lot of nice memories Love Mr. and Mrs Dapino

Mr. & Mrs Dom Darpino


So Sorry to everyone in the Dell'Orto family for your loss. Sal was truly unforgettable and impacted my early years in so many ways...I owe my career choice to him and seeing the picture of the store on 9th Ave. brings back many fond memories...Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time ... xo kristin & family

Kristin Delgado


Sister Linda, My thoughts and prayers are with you and your sisters on the final departure of your loving dad. May his gentle soul rest in perfect peace. I pray that the light of Christ will continue to shine in your hearts. From Brother K (NIGERIA)

Brother K


We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you. Jeanne and Jim

Jeanne Barker and Jim Baity


It's really the end of an era. I suspect that Peter and Michael and Sal are already getting into a lot of trouble up there, however. Our love to all of you and our thanks for so many years of wonderful times with your dad and all of you. Annabel and David join me in sending love. Susan Buckley

Susan Buckley


Neil & I are thinking of you all & wish so much that we could be there.I hope you sisters can take solace in the fact that all the fancy cars, friends & suits didn't hold a candle to the love he got from you all. My cherished friend Nina,you were so sweet, loving and kind to both of your parents in their time of need, I am hoping that you will be left with a sense of peace through this sad time. I love you.

Pat Barker Chiarello


To everyone in Sals family, please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Sal was one of my golf buddies and those times are still fond memories. Our thoughts and prayers are with Sal and everyone his family that he loved.

Frank & Anna Catania


I am sorry to learn of the passing of Sal, this is very sad news to hear. I wish to extend my deepest sympathies to the entire family. I hope that Sal and Marion will be able to share their time in heaven together. I enjoyed speaking with Sal at the deli and at his home in Wayne during the dinners I attended with the family. He will be missed. My deepest condolences to the family….

Wolfgang Börnert


I don't have the words to express how sorry I am to hear about your dad"s passing. I will always remember him as a kind,loving family man,{and my first brush with fame}who always welcomed me and made me feel like the 7th woman in his family Your in my thoughts and prayer- Much Love Laura

Laura Vecch Deramos


To my dear friend Lisa & her sister's; my deepest sympathies for the loss of your dad. I pray for Sal and all the family. Love, Denise & Matt Collins

Denise Collins


Linda, I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your father. I know how much he meant to you. I'm praying for you and your family as you love and encourage one another through this most difficult of times. Remember even at the hardest points that there is NOTHING that is too big for Him to handle. Let Him carry your heaviest loads. Love, Your sister in Christ, Karen

Karen Page


Dear Sis Linda, Sorry to hear of the passing of your beloved Dad. My prayers are with you and your family, that GOD will give you the strength to go through in the time of your sorrow. I know you will missed your Dad. With deepest sympathy, Love always. Sis. Chris. 1st Thessalonians 4:16-17

Sis. Chris Bogle


To my favorite sisters in the world: The loss of your Dad took me by surprise, I guess I thought that like the energizer bunny I always knew him to be, he would just keep going. Although I love you all, I must admit that I enjoyed a cup of espresso with your dear old Dad in the morning before you all got there, because then we could talk about baseball and have some peace and quiet. A great man, and a great father, and I will walk Ninth Avenue tonight with his spirit next to me, and we will talk about all of you behind your backs. Love, Andy

Andy Padian


Dear Linda, Seline, Nina, Lisa and Marissa, I am deeply saddened to hear of Dad's passing. You are fortunate to have had loving parents and I see the best of Mom and Dad in all of you. God Bless and prayers. With much love always, Azeez

Azeezaly Jaffer


Sister Linda, may the good Lord grant your entire family the fortitude to bear the loss of your loving father in Jesus Name. Accept my condolences. The joy of the Lord is your strength. You are in my prayers. Love you all.

Gbadega Oladeinde


My dearest Sister Linda: So sorry to hear about your dad. I love you very much and will keep you and your entire family in my prayers. May the God of all confort, confort you at this time. Love Merina and Family.

Merina Stroud


My deepest sympathy to Seline and the entire Dell'Orto family. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this sad time.

John P Watts


To my Dear Friends, Linda, Nina, Seline, Lisa and Marissa and the Dell"Orto family, we send our condolances. Sal filled our hearts with so much joy. New York is less bright with his passing. Share the love he shared with all of us. Life is short. Ernie and Hanna Pollock

Dr. Ernie Pollock and Hanna


When we were little, every party at your house had a 6 foot hero. To me, your father was "The Hero Man"! He truly was a hero to his five daughters and your beautiful mother. Our deepest sympathies to your family.

Donna Martinetti and Robert Lord


So sorry to hear about your dad, Linda. Please know that I am praying for you and may God bless you and help you through this difficult time.



Linda, Sorry to hear about your Dad.From all I have read about him , he had a very special life , meeting and dining with all the different celebrities and all of his other accmplishments. Will keep you in my prayers. Craig

Craig Flormann


Sister Linda, Sorry to hear about you Dad, my mother came from a family of five girls, He was a bless man, Will keep you and your family in prays. No matter how long we have our love ones, we will still always miss them. Keep the love of God in your heart, as we all remember, our life is fleeting, but God's love is great.

Miriam Braylock


Dear Linda, May God comfort you in your most profound loss, and I extend my most heartfelt sympathy to you, my beloved friend. My condolences to your family and all who loved your father. Charlotte

Charlotte Blackie


Dear Nina. Please accept our sincere condolences on your loss. Your family is in our prayers. Mickey and Martine Magher

Michael Magher


Sorry for you lose............. many memories from my childhood of your Dad. beverly Battisti Sheldon

Beverly Battisti


Linda, My condolences on the passing of your father. Take comfort in knowing that your heavenly Father is there to comfort you; He knows your grief and sorrow and will fulfill His promise of peace which passes all understanding. Be strong in the Lord and the power of His might.

Corlis David


My dear friend Nina, I am so sorry for your loss. I still have the post card with you and I in front of Manganaro's during one of the Ninth Ave Food Festival. Know that my heart goes out to you and your sisters. Love Tim Sparks

Tim Sparks


Dear Seline, Linda, Nina, Marissa, and Lisa:- I was very sorry to read about your dad. Apologies for this late note -- the news takes a while to travel to the Equator. Twenty-four years (!!) after leaving New York I have never forgotten you, Sal, or your wonderful food. Very best wishes, "Billy"

William Wilfong


Dear Linda & Family, To your Father, the Man of 9th Ave who always welcomed me and my family with open arms... May Sal and Marion, Rest in Peace always... All our Love & Blessings, Michael, SuYong, Stephanie, Albert & Connor The Callahans

Michael Callahan


Dear Linda, May the joy of the Lord continue to be your strength in this time of grief. For we do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 1Thessalonians 4:3. Our Father Jesus Christ is The resurrection and the life,who is coming again for all those that put their trust in Him. May the glory of the Lord shine upon you always!! I will keep you and your sisters in prayer. A friend and a sister in Christ. Yvette Parrish

Yvette Parrish


Linda, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your beloved father Salvatore. Thanks for sending me the e mail. My deepest condolences to Seline, Nina, Marissa & Lisa. Ninth ave will never be the same. Love, Tony Pagano

Tony Pagano


Dear Marissa and Seline: I will always remember having a cappuccino with Sal at Manganaro's. My sincerest wishes that time will help heal the hole in your hearts. You have been through a lot this year. God give us what he knows we can handle, but sometimes he does push the envelope. I will say extra prayers and will keep you in my thoughts. Love, Annette

Annette Bertrand


Dear Linda and Family, Tamas, Kiraly, Gabi, Rozsa, Rita. We all had the privilege of meeting your father on the rare Saturdays that he would be at Manganaro’s. He was truly the last of a great renaissance man. From his Prosciutto and Pesto to baseball and cars. We will all miss him. It is an end of an era we all grew up in and we all are now at the age we can reminisce of those great Saturday brunches with Sal and all of you. Be well and stay well.

Häsh and the Saturday brunch gang.


It was with a very heavy heart that I read about the passing of Sal, my dear friend. I don't know what to say, but will miss the times we talked over espressos - sharing our love of food the industry. I have known Sal since I was a child, visiting with my own father who know him also, since the late 50's. I remember using his store for my food photo thesis in college. What a fantastic store he built and how I loved it until the day they sold it. I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, and know he will be sorely missed. Love and prayers to everyone, RIP my friend.

Gregory Tredanari

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