Salvatore is the proud recipient of Maestro d’Arte e Mestiere, and travelled to Milan to receive his award at the ceremony held in the magnificent Salone d’Onore Triennale. He is one of 77 new Masters of Arts and Crafts, who signed a symbolic Libro d’Oro, or Golden Book, of Italian Artisanal Excellence.
MAM is promoted by the Cologni Foundation for the Métiers d’Art in partnership with ALMA, the International School of Italian Cuisine, is a unique award for Italian excellent artisans. Of the 77 titles, 64 honoured talents in 23 categories of artistic craftsmanship (including ceramics, jewellery, woodcraft, furniture, metalwork, mechanics, mosaics, leather craft, printmaking, restoration, theatrics and textile design) and 13 titles paid homage to exponents of 13 different cuisine and beverage sectors.
The aim of this biennial initiative is to institute the independent title of Maestro d’Arte for the first time in Italy, in acknowledgement of the excellence of the country’s artisans and in compensation for the Italian system’s grave deficiency in commendation. The MAM sustains, promotes and celebrates the extraordinary work of outstanding craftspeople by bringing them to the attention of the general public and the media.
While often hidden from the public eye, the know-how, passion and human worth of the great masters make Italy great and constitute one of its most important assets: an artistic, cultural and economic goldmine recognised and coveted the world over. Thus, it is essential to protect and promote these unique skills, which form such a key part of the Italian heritage. The knowledge and extraordinary skills of the master craftsmen passed down through the generations are not lost but rather are collated and updated thanks to the culture of the project and the sensitive use of new technologies.