Popular Italian Restaurant in Newtown Square Closes for Good as Pandemic Leads to Bankruptcy

David Bjorkgren
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Images via Trattoria Giuseppe.

A favorite, family-run Italian restaurant in Newtown Square closed over Thanksgiving weekend after a 15-year run as it files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, writes Laura Smythe for the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Trattoria Giuseppe at 4799 West Chester Pike was owned by Giuseppe Musso, a chef who worked in Sicily and Switzerland. He, his wife, son, and daughter ran the restaurant.

Allen Dubroff, the lawyer representing the bankruptcy filing, said the pandemic dealt the restaurant’s final blow between lost revenue and the “great cost” required to develop outdoor dining.

A banquet facility at the restaurant, Bella di Notte, provided most of the restaurant’s income but had no business aside from a few banquets in March.

Trattoria Giuseppe continued to pay its 26 workers “until it exhausted all their means,” Dubroff said.

“I give that husband-and-wife team a lot of credit,” Dubroff said. “They kept paying everybody, and it killed them.”

Hundreds offered supportive comments on Facebook after the restaurant closure was announced.

“You were truly a huge part of this community!” one person wrote. “I’ve shared so many special occasions at Giuseppe’s and many family dinners. I’m devastated to hear this news.”

Read more about Trattoria Giuseppe in Philadelphia Business Journal.