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Papa Ginos shutters in Medfield

By Elizabeth Connolly
Hometown Weekly Correspondent

Edacious Medfielders were disappointed to find that the doors to Papa Ginos had permanently
closed earlier this month. According to posts on social media, this decision came as quite a
shock to both employees and customers alike. “My kids are going to be heartbroken,” lamented
a local parent. “I don’t know what we’re going to do on pizza night!”

Papa Ginos was a beloved Medfield staple for decades. Founded in Boston, Massachusetts in
1961 by Michael and Helen Valerio and originally known as “Piece O’ Pizza,” the company
began to expand after changing its name to the now-familiar “Papa Ginos”. At the height of its
success in the 1990s, the popular pizza and pasta restaurant boasted 220 locations throughout
New England. This number has been dwindling since the corporation filed for bankruptcy in
2018.

We reached out to Papa Ginos regarding the closure, and they gave us the following statement:
“After careful consideration and with our lease coming to an end, we decided to permanently
close the Papa Gino’s restaurant located at 10 N Meadows Road in Medfield, MA, effective
Saturday, February 4th.

"This decision will allow us to reallocate our resources to benefit the long-term well-being of our
esteemed Team Members, the Papa Gino’s brand and of course, our valued guests. All Team
Members have been offered transfers to other Papa Gino’s restaurant locations, which several
have accepted, and we encourage guests in the neighborhood to visit our Medway restaurant at
74 Main Street, around 10 minutes away.

"We are deeply grateful to the Medfield community for their years of support, and we look
forward to serving our valued guests at our other locations in neighboring communities.”

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