Type to search

Dining news Puyallup dining Restaurant closures Tacoma dining Tacoma restaurant news

Costella’s, the Italian restaurant, has closed permanently


Costella’s, the Italian restaurant with an attached deli and market, has closed in South Hill.

The restaurant didn’t quite make it to its one-year anniversary. “We just weren’t doing the volume and my partners wanted out,” said owner Mike Rubel via message this week. He confirmed: Another restaurant is slated for the space. However, he can’t make an announcement just yet about what is going into the location at 214 39th Ave. S.W., Puyallup.

Costella’s opened in September 2020 in the former home of the Hub. Costella’s debuted with a classic Italian menu aimed at families. The restaurant was named after Rubel’s godfather, Reno Costella.“He was the king of artichokes,” Rubel told me in 2020.

Reno Costella and Rubel’s mother both grew up in California where a specific brand of artichoke hearts called Cara Mia are grown. Artichokes were featured heavily on the menu: Tucked into pasta, served with the antipasti and embedded in dips.

Spaghetti and meatballs from Costella’s in South Hill.

The restaurant doubled as a market and deli with racks devoted to imported jars of sauces, vegetables, carnaroli rice, farro, pasta and other ingredients difficult to find outside a specialty Italian market.

A selection of imported groceries at Verone’s Italian Kitchen & Sausage Company in Fircrest.

Missing out on that Costella’s deli? Head straight to Verone’s Italian Kitchen & Sausage Company, which opened in late 2020 in Fircrest where Viafore’s once operated. They have all your needs covered with Italian groceries, plus a killer menu of sandwiches made from the famous Verone’s handmade Italian sausages. They also make one of the best meatball sandwiches in the Tacoma area. Read more here.

I’ll keep you posted on what’s next for the Costella’s site.


As for other South Hill dining news: There’s quite a bit happening in South Hill at the moment. Take a look:

Trapper’s Sushi is on the move. The South Hill restaurant in Sunrise Village will move later this year to a new location in the Sunrise Village complex where The Ram used to operate. Read more here. 

Mix Poke Bar and Sip + Spoon also are opening in South Hill. The restaurants currently operate at Tacoma Mall and will be expanding to South Hill’s Sunrise Village. Read more here.  

Roadhouse in South Hill just reopened in its new space. The longtime South Hill bar moved two miles south to a new location. Read more here.

In nearby Graham, the Flying Tomato closed its doors, but it found a new home in Spanaway. Read more here.