When Allen Peake and Chef Joel Gruneich took over Philadelphia's cheesesteak restaurant, they had a vision to elevate the experience without changing the things people loved about the place. That's why you'll still find the most authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak sandwiches around on the menu, but now they're made with hand-sliced, grass-fed Bently...

Philadelphia may be called a "city of neighborhoods,” but it’s also a city of robust public spaces. From Dilworth Park to the four original “squares,” The Porch to Penn’s Landing, they are the lifeblood of our walkable, human-scale city. But often missing from this conversation is another important public space — our streets. This has been brought...

Tuesday, April 16 at 6:00 PM, Rainey Lecture Room, Penn Museum (3260 South Street, Philadelphia). Free admission. Brian Rose, Ph.D., Peter C. Ferry Curator-in-Charge, Mediterranean Section. In this lecture, Dr. Brian Rose reviews new archaeological discoveries in Rome and Pompeii during the last 30 years. In Rome, in particular, increased construct...

Wednesday, April 17, 2019. 9 am - 10:30 am Light Breakfast (coffee & cookies), Networking, and Presentation. History of the Italian Immigration Museum. 1834 E. Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19148. The event is FREE OF CHARGE for all Filitalia members and $5 for non members. RSVP is required, so please reserve your ticket online. After World Wa...

Vince’s Pizzeria, pretty much an institution on Grant Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, has not one but two offshoots in the works for Bucks County, each to be operated by members of the extended family. Vince Rota, a grandson of the founders, is behind a location due to open in late spring at 2500 State Rd. in Bensalem, part of an enormous mixed-u...

Saturday April 13, 2019. Doors: 7:00 PM / Show: 8:00 PM. World Cafe Live Philadelphia, 3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA. Buy Tickets here. Back for it’s third time at our downstairs venue and presented every two years receiving a standing ovation every time, La Giara (The Water Jug) merges Italian Folk and Opera with Brazilian Choro and Jazz, t...

Mario De Lorenzo, along with many other members of Drexel’s Italian Pride Student Organization and fellow Drexel students, attended “A Taste of Roma” at Gran Caffe L’Aquila in Rittenhouse Square March 8. Marketed as a way to “Come discover Rome through history and cuisine,” students were to there not only to eat, but also to learn. The sophomore is...

Now this is a delicious development. After reading my column about a South Philadelphia restaurant selling bread pudding in support of an immigrant family seeking sanctuary at a local church, Di Bruno Bros. will also start selling the family dessert in their Rittenhouse Square location starting this weekend through April. The co-owners of East Pa...

There is such a retro aura to everything about Scannicchio’s that it’s hard to imagine it hasn’t been at the corner of South Broad and Porter Streets for eons. From the vintage Sinatra portrait in back presiding over a room trimmed with white linen, Eagles banners, and year-round Christmas lights to the fra diavolo spice that gives the scungilli it...

In true South Philadelphia fashion, crowds will once again gather to taste local stabs at the best “red gravy” our neighborhoods can offer. Featuring the product of coveted recipes from amateurs to professionals, the East Passyunk Crossing Civic Association is slated to host its fifth annual South Philly Italian Red Gravy Cook-Off on Sunday, March...