Giuseppe’s still fighting to keep tradition alive

GATES, N.Y. — As the COVID-19 pandemic shutters small businesses, communities can lose decades of tradition. But a century-old Italian restaurant hurt by the pandemic is still fighting to keep that tradition alive.

George D’Ambrosia and friends from his old neighborhood meet at Giuseppe’s nearly every week, for the food they’ve enjoyed since they were kids.

What You Need To Know

  • A century-old Italian restaurant hurt by the pandemic is still fighting to keep tradition alive
  • Giuseppe’s is considered a Gates staple
  • Marcy Chinappi’s great-grandfather opened the business with his brother after they returned from Italy with a special recipe
  • Now Marcy still runs the restaurant with his brother and father nearly 100 years later

“We talk, comradery, meet friends,” D’Ambrosia said. “Sometimes this place is packed, we all know each other. Even if we didn’t come in together, we still all know each other. “We must like the food,…

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