Hudson Valley residents are devasted after a very popular restaurant suddenly closed for good after 27 years.
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On Monday, owners of Costagliola’s Little Italy, just off Broadway in the City of Newburgh, announced they are closing their doors for good.
"The Costagliola family would like to announce that we will be starting a new chapter in our lives. This is a bittersweet moment for us. We will be closing our doors after 27 years of serving the Hudson Valley," owners wrote on Facebook.
The Italian eatery, located at 121 Washington Terrance, opened in January of 1995. Many considered this a hidden gem in Newburgh. Most who dined there said it was the best Italian food they have ever had.
"We have enjoyed every meal in your restaurant since you first opened," Dianne Haase wrote on Facebook. "Absolutely the best Italian food anywhere!! You have always been so gracious to everyone and, although we will miss you very much, we wish you much happiness and rest in your retirement!!"
On a personal note, Costagliola’s was my absolute favorite restaurant. I spent every birthday I can remember dining on delicious Italian food that reminded me of my Grandma's cooking from her Brooklyn kitchen.
Countless friends from the Newburgh area also considered it their favorite restaurant. A high school friend summed the closing up best.
"To say this is devastating is an understatement. It changed my life. I don’t think you realize the impact Costagliola’s had on how I judge other restaurants attempts at Italian," Pat Nunnari commented.
Sadly, the owners didn't give loyal customers a chance to say goodbye as the Facebook post was the official closing.
"I feel as if I'm losing some friends," Ellen F Witaker wrote. "There will never be a restaurant that feels so much like home, but better, than Costaglio's. Best of luck in the future."
Owners thanked customers for 27 years of friendship.
"First and foremost we would like to thank you for your continued loyalty and business since we opened our doors in January of 1995. We are thankful for all the great friends we have made throughout the years," owners wrote. "We wish to thank you again for your patronage and support."
Below are more comments from customers on the closing.
Costagliola's Little Italy is one of over 80 businesses the region has recently been forced to say goodbye to. The full list is below:
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