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Review Next Door: Trattoria Giuseppe

Patch contributor Lauren Avellino Turton serves up a review of Trattoria Giuseppe in Edgemont.

Restaurant:  

Address: 4799 West Chester Pike, Edgemont, PA 19073

Rating: (out of 5 stars): ★★★★
Style: Sit-down restaurant with indoor and outdoor seating

Food: Traditional Italian dishes, Paninis, pizza and salads
Atmosphere: Casual, comfortable setting with Old World charm
Parking: Ample parking lot
Service: Friendly and casual
Price Range: Moderate
Unique Feature: Early three-course dinner (4 to 6 p.m.) for $39.95; Lunch
combos for $9.95; Lobster Night on Tuesday and Wednesday for $31.95

Having grown up in a traditional Italian family, and having spent years feasting on traditional foods, I like to think I’ve developed quite the taste for the real deal.

Trattoria Giuseppe is the real deal.

When driving down West Chester Pike, you’re apt to pass right by it, as it’s tucked away amongst , and a bevy of other restaurants and shops.

That said, ask anyone in and around the area, and you’ll find Trattoria Giuseppe is a neighborhood favorite for its moderately-priced, and generously-portioned cuisine.

The atmosphere lends to all sorts of diners. I noticed couples on dates, movie-goers stopping for a bite, colleagues having post-work dinner, and families celebrating birthdays. Whatever the occasion, we were all treated to a roving classical guitarist singing songs in Italian.

The Southern Italian-inspired menu is vast, so we took our time reading it while nibbling on the complimentary warm bread and Bruschetta, which is grilled bread drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, topped with ripe chopped tomatoes, basil, and most importantly in my book, generous garlic.

Read the full review on Media Patch here.

Jennifer Kim (Editor) April 19, 2012 at 08:15 PM
What's your favorite dish on the menu?
Anthony Leone April 19, 2012 at 08:56 PM
With the bloody diet I'm on, every dish is my favorite!
Michelle Montgomery April 20, 2012 at 01:28 PM
Agree - food is really good. Only issue is if you go prime time - I guess that is Fri or Sat nights from 6:30 - 8:30 or 9 - do not expect your reservation to be honored or to sit anytime soon.
Bretany Pilko April 20, 2012 at 01:46 PM
Every time I go I get the same dinner - the Penne Puttanesca. I have been at least a dozen times and I have never strayed from my favorite. We usually get the antipasta platter for the table - which is always a highlight.
Dining Skeptic April 20, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Lauren must not dine out very often. 4 stars out of 5? Are you kidding? While the food quality is reasonably good four our 'hood where the dining pickings are pretty slim, four stars is more than a stretch unless you take the food home and eat it in your own dining room. At Giuseppe's, The rooms are loud and it's tough to have a conversation with your party without speaking VERY LOUDLY. Reservations are accepted but seldom honored, particularly on weekends. On several occasions, I've been seated at large tables that seat 8 (or 10) when our party only had 4 adults, which was uncomfortable. I always feel hurried when I'm there, since I assume there's pressure on the staff to turn tables and thus profit. Fellini's in Newtown Square was a much smaller version of this until Guiseppe moved on to his namesake restaurant. And now Fellini's significantly outshines in food quality, service, cleanliness and ambience. I'd give Guiseppe's 2.5 stars out of 5.
Jennifer April 20, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I agree with Michelle & Dining Skeptic -- good luck with making a reservation for a Fri or Sat night and having it honored. Because of this we actually no longer eat there anymore. Not to mention that the quality of the food & service has significantly gone downhill since its popularity.
Diane August 25, 2012 at 12:41 PM
The key is to go for a late lunch. If you go before 3 PM the portions are the same as dinner at lunch prices. The food really can't be beat. Fellini's is not the same as Giuseppe's.
Diane August 25, 2012 at 12:42 PM
I have never had a bad meal here. Once the service was poor and they gave us free cannoli's. The food was still EXCELLENT!!!! Italians know good food and this is the real deal.

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