A new Italian spot, offering pizza and salads, has made its debut in the neighborhood. Called Pat's Pizza & Pasta, the new addition is located at 1410 South St. in Graduate Hospital. Expect to see a diverse selection of traditional Italian and American eats, including pizza, burgers, pasta and sandwiches. Look for the new lobster ravioli stuffed wi...

La storia di Mario Gendrachi è di quelle che racchiudono quasi interamente l’esperienza della nostra emigrazione. Nacque a Campobasso nel 1908 da Ernesto e Giuseppina. A solo due anni giunse, con i suoi genitori, negli Stati Uniti. La famiglia Gendrachi si stabilì a Philadelphia. Qui il piccolo Mario conobbe la difficoltà dell’emigrazione e la dure...

When I found out National Pasta Day was a real thing, I started thinking about all the delicious carb-filled meals I've had in Philly. There's no shortage of Italian restaurants in this city serving phenomenal pasta. The first time I went to A Mano in Fairmount, I was left in awe of the restaurant's cavatelli dish, made with escargot, mushrooms, bo...

Gritty is on his way to becoming a Philly icon so much so that there's a movement to give Gritty his own mural.  "I’d vote for Gritty a hundred times.” Mark Macyk is like the hundreds of thousands who love them some Gritty but could the brand new Philadelphia Flyers mascot replace another Philly icon in the Italian market—former Mayor Frank Rizzo?...

To hear Mark Spena rattle off the surnames of those who sat around the tables of his childhood in South Philadelphia – and ultimately, to hear the first chapters of what became a life spent in the love and preparation of food -- is to be invited into a scene from a movie about a large and very extended Italian family, and kindly asked to pass the n...

Growing up in a strict Italian-American family was never dull though quite predictable.  My father, who was most certainly the head of the clan, had few rules that were explained with fanfare but my sister, Kathy and I clearly understood what was expected of us by the way he led by example.  Of all the things Dad imparted to us, I would say the imp...

I grew up with family stories.  My maternal great-grandfather, a hard-working immigrant from Abruzzo,  reacted to some now forgotten blow to his honor by hanging himself with his youngest daughter's jump rope in their West Philadelphia basement.  His wife, Philomena, was left to raise eight children, alone.  She suffered another devastating loss wh...

Escaping agricultural and economic depression, thousands of Irish immigrants fled their homeland in the mid-19th century — many of whom would come to settle in South Philly. As strangers, they sought a sanctuary where they could foster culture, community, and, of course, Catholicism. Under the authority of Bishop Francis Patrick Kenrick of Philadel...

Sat, October 13, 2018. 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM EDT. Simeone Foundation Museum - 6825-31 Norwitch Dr. Philadelphia, PA 19153. The Simeone Foundation Automotive Museum is pleased to announce that we will be visited by a very special guest on October 13, in conjunction with our “Ciao Philadelphia Enzo Ferrari” Demo Day. Please join us as we welcome Luca Dal...

The History of Italian Immigration Museum opened in 2014 by the non-profit organization Filitalia International & Foundation 501.C.3 has been vandalized for the first time on Columbus Day, 2018. A group of vandals under the name of "End Columbus Day" sprayed the entire curbside in front of the museum with several accusations and the syllogism "Colu...