If you’re looking for an authentic Italian dining experience where expertly prepared food is served amid a festive atmosphere, I highly recommend Trattoria Giuseppe in Edgemont Pennsylvania. Nestled in a private corner behind the Edgemont Square Shopping Center, conveniently located at 4799 West Chester Pike, this delightful ristorante is modeled after a Sicilian Piazza, with genuine Italian clay tile, wrought iron, marble and wood arranged together with stone and stucco to evoke a palpable feeling of Old World charm.
From the moment you enter through the beveled glass and wood double-doors, you’ll feel transported back to a simpler place and time where sharing a meal was a celebration of life, family and friendship. In the summer months, Trattoria Giuseppe offers outdoor seating under large, white canopies that flank each side of the main entrance — surrounded by beautiful landscaping in the form of lush green plants and colorful flowers spilling out of Grecian-style pots. All year round of course, patrons can opt to eat in one of the restaurant’s two lovely dining rooms where Roman columns and arches, marble tables, indoor awnings and subdued lighting combine to enhance conversation and complement every delectable morsel.
Speaking of which, Trattoria Giuseppe offers a well-rounded lunch and dinner menu to satisfy every taste.
Then you’ll be amazed by Giuseppe’s seemingly endless array of pasta selections to satisfy every taste — from Spaghetti Aglio Olio (fresh garlic and extra virgin olive oil) to Penne Bolognese (fresh tomato sauce with ground meat) to Penne Giuseppe (onions, Italian bacon and peas in a light cream). For a complete list of all 27 pasta entrees, click here.
Prefer chicken or veal?
Giuseppe’s has it covered with over ten savory choices ranging from the familiar Veal Piccata (veal scallopine sauteed with a lemon caper butter sauce) to the more exotic Petto di pollo al Gorgonzola (chicken breast topped with Blue cheese sauce). And if you’re a Pesce (fish) lover, they offer a daily special, which happened to be salmon topped with bruschetta when I ate there yesterday with family to celebrate my dad’s 80th birthday and Father’s Day.
While I didn’t opt for salmon (although it is my favorite fish), I did choose another special which turned out to be absolutely superb: Veal Scallopine topped with spinach and crab, served with a side of string beans almondine and mashed potatoes. My sister Carolyn and cousin Frank also had rave reviews for this outstanding dish, which they also accompanied with vegetables, though Giuseppe’s offers patrons a choice between a side of pasta or a side of vegetables to complement their entree.
Carolyn and I also sampled the yesterday’s salad special — a yummy concoction featuring fresh greens, goat cheese, candied walnuts, strawberries, pineapple and melon. Simply delicious!
On a daily basis, Giuseppe serves up an array of over 10 kinds of salads ranging from traditional Caesar to the surprise Insalata Giuseppe.
Oh and did I mention the irresistible bruschetta and Italian bread they put on the table while you’re perusing the menu? YUM!
Did someone say “dessert”?
Oh yes, Trattoria Giuseppe has that temptingly covered too, so be sure to leave room for a sweet finish to a wonderful meal, whether you choose Tiramisu Big, Chocolate Fondant, Raspberry Cheesecake, Lemon Ripieno, Cannolini or any other mouth-watering selection out of the 15 listed on the menu.
If you’re a European-style diner who prefers to make lunch the main meal of the day, the Lunch Combinations are an affordable way to savor great flavors on a budget. Actually, both the lunch and dinner options are perfectly priced for everyone who wants a quality meal that’s also easy on the wallet. But if you want some great Italian wine, champagne or any other alcoholic beverage, be sure to BYOB.
From beginning to end, dining at Trattoria Giuseppe is a feast for all of the senses. Not only did we thoroughly enjoy the fabulous food and authentic decor, we also reveled in a lovely serenade by a talented guitar-playing performer, whose operatic voice rivaled any Broadway professional. What more could you ask for in an Italian restaurant?
Feed your body and soul at Trattoria Giuseppe. For reservations call (610) 353-4871.