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The Salvatores mean business.
LeadershipLouis Salvatore
Notable MembersMason (right-hand man)
Renesco the Rocketman (drug pusher)
HeadquartersSalvatore's Bar, New Reno
Notable LocationsSalvatore's Bar
West Side: Renesco's Pharmacy

Some free advice: You see a Salvatore, keep your head down n' mouth shut, or they'll cut you in two. They got the best firepower this side of Cee-Ay, so nobody with any kinda sense fucks with them, understand?


The Salvatores are the third most powerful family of New Reno.


A quiet crime family mostly operating in the West Side of New Reno, the Salvatores operate under the lead of Louis Salvatore, a venerable fossil of a gangster.[1] The family maintained a low profile, building up their forces and developing their influence,[2] before brutally asserting their presence with laser pistols in early 2241. Two of Salvatore's men executed a group of rival thugs belonging to the Bishops and Mordinos, the latter of which tried to encroach on their territory in the West Side. The shock of losing men to superior armaments resulted in the families giving them a wide berth.[3]

It is not known what became of the Salvatores after 2281, but given the rise of the Van Graffs, Wrights, and continued influence of the Bishops, it is safe to say that Louis Salvatore's schemes for domination over New Reno did not succeed and the old gangster is long dead by 2241.[4]


The Salvatores have a very simple organization: Louis Salvatore calls all the shots and his word is law.Those who fulfill Louis' directives obediently may count on plenty of advantages and boons, including special accommodations at the Cat's Paw and New Reno Arms. Those who do not perish at the hands of Mason.[5]

This extends to Salvatores' assets as well. Renesco works for them and has to provide everything they want, as otherwise he'll be killed and replaced with a more reliable worker.[6] Even if they demand tribute more often, Renesco has to pay up.[7]

It is necessary to note that while the Salvatores appear to be the smallest New Reno family, they have an extensive network of agents and affiliates outside the city. What they may lack in numbers, they more than make up in terms of combat prowess and tenacity.[8]

Outside relations

The Salvatores mostly keep to themselves, the other families giving them a wide berth ever since the West Side Massacre.[3][9] They are very protective of their secrets and tend to kill people asking questions, especially if they concern their laser weapons.[10] Of course, the list of "crimes" warranting death is much longer and includes insulting the family, such as through cheating at cards.[11][12]

However, they are not shying away from conflict. Instead, they choose subterfuge, rather than brute force. Louis Salvatore ordered Richard Wright to be poisoned with tainted Jet, knowing that the Wrights will likely blame the Mordinos for the killing. This would lead to war between the two families, weakening them and allowing the Salvatores to seize control of New Reno.[13][6][14]

The most secret and important partner of the crime family is definitely the Enclave, supplying them with low-grade laser weapons in exchange for critical chemicals necessary to develop and manufacture FEV Curling-13.[15][16][17]


The most important technological asset the Salvatores have are their laser pistols, giving them a major edge over other New Reno families, which mostly rely on conventional firearms.[15][3][18] The Salvatores have successfully managed to obfuscate the source of the weapons from their rivals.[10]

For protection, the Salvatores wear distinctive metal armor, distinguishing them from other families while providing a level of protection from energy weapons.[19]

Behind the scenes

Cartucci was the old name for the Salvatores in New Reno. There was supposed to be a movie of them dealing with the Enclave.

Chris Avellone, Fallout Bible 8


The Salvatores appear only in Fallout 2.


  1. The Chosen One: "{578}{}{Tell me about the Salvatore Family.}"
    Jules: "{695}{}{Quiet bunch. They're led by Louis Salvatore, an original gangster gettin' on in years. Their territory's on the West Side; their crib's this bar called Salvatore's on 2nd Street. Don't be making trouble there.}"
  2. The Chosen One: "{737}{}{Did they always have these pistols?}"
    Jules: "{750}{}{They didn't always have 'em…else they'd be in charge o' New Reno…ALL of New Reno. As it stands, they're just building up quietly. Those pistols showed up…maybe a few months back, 'round the time o' the massacre.}"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 The Chosen One: "{751}{}{Massacre?}"
    Jules: "{765}{}{Oh, yeah…two Salvatore boys with those pistols killed a buncha Bishop's men, then shot down some of Mordino's boys who'd been tryin' to muscle in on the West Side. Since then, the other families steered clear of the Salvatores.}"
  4. See this article for references.
  5. Mason: "{315}{}{(Mason stops you.) Look… (Leans in, lowers voice.) ...some ground rules, boy. }"
    Mason: "{317}{}{Don't waste Mr. Salvatore's time, and don't give him any bullshit, or you'll answer to me.}"
    The Chosen One: "{319}{}{Yeah, yeah, whatever. Get out of my way.}"
    Mason: "{325}{}{(Mason stops you again.) I ain't DONE yet. You show him RESPECT. You call him *Mr. Salvatore* at all times, and when he talks, you *shut up and listen.* Understand?}"
  6. 6.0 6.1 The Chosen One: "{997}{}{WHY did you poison the Jet? You had to know they were going to kill someone with it.}"
    Renesco: "{1005}{}{The Salvatores OWN me, they OWN this place, and when they want something, I give it to them, or they'll kill me and have me replaced. I never meant any harm to that boy.}"
  7. Go visit Renesco the Rocketman and collect Mr. Salvatore's tribute of $1000.
  8. The Chosen One: "{702}{}{Don't worry about it, I've kicked the shins out from underneath the Salvatores already.}"
    Orville Wright: "{710}{}{Ha! The ones in Reno maybe, but you got a lot to learn about the families... there's still Salvatores kicking around beyond Reno, and even if there's just one left, that's trouble. To beat them, I'd need...}"
  9. Orville Wright: "{690}{}{(Stares at you for a long time, then a dry chuckle escapes his lips.) You give me an answer, and I can't do nothing about it. The Salvatores…goddammit. (Takes a deep breath.)}"
    The Chosen One: "{691}{}{What's wrong?}"
    Orville Wright: "{700}{}{Know what those Salvatore bastards are ARMED with, friend? Those damned lightbringers. ONE Salvatore packing that kind of heat can kill my whole family without batting an eye. To beat that, I'd need…}"
  10. 10.0 10.1 The Chosen One: "{767}{}{Any idea where they're getting these pistols from?}"
    Jules: "{780}{}{No idea, friend, I ain't asking, and you shouldn't neither…take my advice. You looking for weapons, there's other…safer…places you can try.}"
  11. The Chosen One: "{327}{}{Let me prove it, Mr. Salvatore. Assign me a task.}"
    Louis Salvatore: "{335}{}{(Takes a deep breath from the oxygen mask.) There is…a man…who has used his…skill with cards to rob me. The sum is...trivial. The insult is not. I want him killed and the money he stole returned.}"
  12. Track down Pretty Boy Lloyd, recover the stolen money, and make an… example of him.
  13. The Chosen One: "{240}{}{Word is you had Mr. Wright's son poisoned. Why?}"
    Louis Salvatore: "{675}{}{(Mr. Salvatore looks at you for a long time in silence, then speaks.) We Salvatores...we will rule New Reno. If a child must die to insure that, it will be...done. There is no other reason.}"
  14. The Chosen One: "{642}{}{I found this Jet canister that Richard used… er, was used on Richard. There were traces of radscorpion venom in the cartridge.}"
    Orville Wright: "{670}{}{Assuming I believe this for a second... and I ain't saying I AM... then who POISONED my son? And why did they go to the trouble of dosin' him with Jet?}"
    The Chosen One: "{672}{}{I don't know which of the Salvatores did it. Renesco doctored up some Jet for them, not knowing they'd use it to poison your son.}"
    Orville Wright: "{680}{}{Now why in hell would they do that?}"
    The Chosen One: "{681}{}{Way I see it, the Mordinos control the Jet in Reno. Naturally, you'd blame them for a drug overdose... and then there'd be war. IF you two didn't wipe each other out, you'd at least be weakened by the fight. That makes life easier for the Salvatores…all they have to worry about then is the Bishops.}"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Dick Richardson: "{248}{prs44}{We've run short of certain critical chemicals. We can get them from the drug labs of New Reno. If the mutant-mobsters use our guns to kill each other, just saves us the trouble.}"
  16. The Chosen One: "{445}{}{Why are you keeping him here?}"
    Metzger: "{455}{}{That little fuck - he sold me a radio that he said would be able to pick up some transmissions. It didn't. I caught his ass trying to sneak out of town before I found out. Bad mistake. No one fucks with me. He's lucky to be alive.}"
    The Chosen One: "{460}{}{What kind transmissions are you talking about?}"
    Metzger: "{485}{}{The Enclave and New… hey. What the hell you care for? It's business. I need to be sure no one's trying to fuck me over. That's all you need to know.}"
  17. Help guard a secret transaction taking place in the desert.
  18. The Chosen One: "{696}{}{Why not?}"
    Jules: "{710}{}{Some free advice: You see a Salvatore, keep your head down n' mouth shut, or they'll cut you in two. They got the best firepower this side of Cee-Ay, so nobody with any kinda sense fucks with them, understand?}"
    The Chosen One: "{711}{}{What kind of "firepower" do the Salvatores have?}"
    Jules: "{725}{}{Pistols…'cept they shoot LIGHT. Now, Reno's a city o' lights, but the light THOSE pistols shine can cut a man in two... *swuppp*... (Jules makes slicing motion.) Makes a clean burn 'tween the two halves, it does.}"
  19. Fallout 2 appearances.