Giuseppe and Sons: Authentic Italy on a plate!

It’s always exciting to try a new restaurant. We have heard so many good things about Giuseppe and Sons, so we were happy to finally be going. It was a visit long overdue. The restaurant has two floors. The top floor, which is at street level, is where you can go have a casual lunch, and buy a cannoli or two. But not just any cannoli. A world famous Termini Brothers cannoli. More about that later.

We went downstairs to their stunning, more formal dining room. The downstairs restaurant is big and roomy, but has that speakeasy flair to it. The low lighting and decor just add to the charm. It’s cozy and relaxing. We easily spent about two hours eating dinner, and we didn’t want to leave.

The dinner menu is fantastic. The pasta, cheeses and breads are made fresh daily, and it shows when you taste them. We decided to order the chef’s tasting, which consisted of several plates. You may come here hungry, but you won’t leave hungry! We started with the arancini and buffalo mozzarella for our appetizers. Both were delicious! The arancini was lightly breaded and fried, and cooked perfectly. The tomato sauce was to die for. It was amazing. The buffalo mozzarella was so smooth and creamy. It just melted in your mouth.

Our next course was their caesar salad. It was simple, classic, and perfect. It had just the right amount of dressing and croutons. We also ordered a side dish of roasted peppers. It was fantastic. It was served with olive oil, lemon, and roasted garlic. The roasted garlic was cooked to perfection and acted like a paste that we smoothed over the peppers. It was awesome!

Next up was pasta! We ordered the linguine and clams in a red sauce. It was served with garlic and parsley. It was so good! The pasta was cooked perfectly. The clams were steamed perfectly. This was one of the best pasta dishes we’ve ever had. The flavor of the clams and clam juice, mixed with the red sauce and pasta was delicious. It was old world Italy on a plate. It made me feel like I was eating at a seaside resort. To compliment our wonderful food, we decided to get a full carafe of wine. The wine was delicious. It went perfectly will all our food, and it was offered at a great price.

Our two entrees were the chicken milanese and the veal cheeks saltimbocca. Once again, both dishes were simply amazing. The chicken was pounded thin, and topped with chopped tomatoes, basil, and red onion. The combination of flavor was wonderful. The veal cheeks were wrapped in prosciutto, and served with veal jus. Folks, let me tell you. This was absolutely delicious! The cheeks were so rich in flavor, and the prosciutto added a little bit of salt to balance the taste. It was stunning.

Last, but certainly not least, was dessert. We split a wonderful Termini Brothers cannoli. If you are from Philadelphia, you know what I’m talking about. If you are not, let me just say that the Termini Brothers are an institution. They have been around since 1921, and their desserts, pastries, and cannoli’s are the best in town. Giuseppe and Sons restaurant is a collaboration between Termini Brothers, Michael Schulson and his wife, Nina Tinari. Schulson and Tinari also own several other restaurants in Philadelphia.

I am fully convinced that it is impossible to have a bad meal here, and that’s just after one visit. The food was fantastic. It was fresh, homemade, authentic Italian cuisine. The staff were super friendly, and our server, Selena, made us feel so welcome. Giuseppe and Sons is definitely on our “Best of Philadelphia” list. I highly recommend you give them a try. We will definitely be back!




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