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Hot Diggity’s Fire Roasted Corn Salsa

Keith Garabedian is passionate about hot dogs. How passionate? Three years ago, he opened a South Street establishment that transformed the popular summer barbecue item into an art form.

Posted Jul. 17, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Videoed vandal

Police are hoping this surveillance image can solve a theft from auto case in Bella Vista.

Posted Jul. 3, 2014

Jenkins performs a 'Perfect' union

With 16 months until his wedding, David Jenkins finds himself fully immersed in domestic discussions on the fruits of a solid union. The 38-year-old is pairing personal experience with romance with professional examinations of amore as the music and vocal director for the Walnut Street Theatre-situated production of “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change.”

Posted Jun. 26, 2014

McQuain touting 'Velvet Rodeo' poems

Kelly McQuain has a stalwart stance on poetry, believing that though it is “serious business,” it should be a form of play. The Bella Vista resident has become a reverent reveler recently, as he has been touting titles from “Velvet Rodeo,” his award-winning chapbook, with two readings scheduled over the next week.

Posted Jun. 10, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Cash conundrum

Police arrested a North Philly man for his alleged attempt to rob an ATM in Bella Vista.

Posted May. 12, 2014

Brauhaus Schmitz’s Paprikash

Chef Jeremy Nolen is quite busy these days preparing and unveiling Brauhaus Schmitz’s spring menu.

Posted Apr. 24, 2014

Colorful concoction

Like so many of its predecessors, this spring has witnessed a wacky weather identity, but for some young occupants of the 700 block of South Sixth Street, the season has offered a chance to champion creativity. As temperatures rise, here’s to hoping that spirits do, too. ■...

Posted Apr. 17, 2014

Tina’s Braided Asparagus Pesto Bread

Having seen numerous Internet-based braided bread recipes lately, Tina Garceau noted she was itching to craft one and called upon asparagus, always a spring favorite, to yield what she considers a “rustic” loaf.

Posted Apr. 18, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Raw aggression

A Center City sushi deliveryman became a robbery victim in Bella Vista Friday.

Posted Mar. 28, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Completeness through sweetness

Having invested more than six decades into preaching excellence as a component of sustenance, Gus Isgro seems to grow more passionate about the creation of each treat at Isgro Pastries, 1009 Christian St. The third-generation employee and store owner has never wavered from his commitment to high-quality offerings, and readers have reserved rich regard for his Bella Vista labor of love, endowing it with best cannoli and bakery distinction.

Posted Mar. 14, 2014


By Bill Gelman

Say cheese!

Before walking into DiBruno Bros., in the Italian Market, 930 S. Ninth St., it’s a good idea to prepare the taste buds for a culinary journey across the Atlantic Ocean. On many days, including a recent springlike Saturday, customers were lined up from one end of the store to the other getting a crash course sampling a wide variety of products. After all, the establishment that dates back to 1939 bills itself as being “culinary pioneers.”

Posted Mar. 14, 2014


By Joseph Myers

Supposed slasher busted

Police arrested a South Philly resident for his alleged knife use against another man in Bella Vista.

Posted Mar. 7, 2014


Bella Vista

Boundaries: South Street to Washington Avenue, Sixth to 11th Street


Origin of Name: The name is Italian and means “pretty view.” Real-estate agents dubbed it Bella Vista as a selling point because many dwellings have views of the Center City skyline and Ben Franklin Bridge.


Brief History: Many Italian immigrants who entered Philadelphia via Washington Avenue gravitated to the neighborhood because it had become a settlement for natives of Spadafora, Italy. The Palumbo family, for one, built boarding homes for immigrants. The first Italian immigrant bathhouse later became the Fante-Leone Pool at Montrose and Darien streets.

Alfred “Freddie” Cocozza, better known as opera legend Mario Lanza, grew up at Sixth and Christian streets and made his first public appearance at 19, singing “Ave Maria” at St. Mary Magdalen de Pazzi Church, 714 Montrose St., where he was an altar boy.

Bella Vista has lost some of its treasures: Verdi Hall, 713 Christian St., which opened in 1905, and later became an Italian cinema, and Fabiani Italian Hospital, 10th and Christian streets, which was founded by Vincent Fabiani in 1904.


Famous Residents: Mario Lanza; “father of jazz guitar” Eddie Lang, born Salvatore Massaro in 1902, who was a Bing Crosby accompanist; author/lecturer and social activist Frances E.W. Harper, who devoted her life to championing the rights of slaves and free blacks; Edwin Forrest, the most famous American tragedian actor of his time; Illustrator Charles Santore resides at Seventh and Catharine streets; "American Bandstand" producer, Tony Mammarella, of the 800 block of South Ninth Street.


Major Landmarks: Italian Market, said to be the country’s oldest open-air market; South Street; the former Fante-Leone Pool; Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine; Mario Lanza Museum, 712 Montrose; Palumbo’s Restaurant, Ninth and Catharine streets, which burned down in 1994.


U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)

U.S. Senators: Bob Casey (D); Pat Toomey (R)

Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)

State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)

State House District: 175th, Michael H. O'Brien (D); 182nd, Brian K. Sims (D); 186th, Jordan Harris (D)

City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)

Ward: 2nd

Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins;

Civic Groups: Bella Vista Town Watch; Bella Vista United Civic Association

Libraries: Santore, 932 S Seventh St.

Schools: Christopher Columbus Charter School, 916 Christian St. and 1242-46 S. 12th St. in Passyunk Square; Fleisher Art Memorial, which teaches art classes; George W. Nebinger School, 601 Carpenter St.

Places Of Worship: Christian Street Baptist Church, 1024 Christian St.; The Church of the Crucifixion, 620 S. Eighth St.; Christ's United Presbyterian Church, 1020 S. 10th St.; Church of the Living God, 801 S. 11th St.; synagogue Lubavitch House, 754 S. Ninth St.; New Mt. Zion Baptist Church, 919 S. 13th St.; St. Paul’s Catholic Church, 808 S. Hutchinson St.; Waters Memorial AME Church, 609 S. Clifton St.

Rec Centers: Palumbo Rec Center, 10th and Fitzwater streets

Parks/Gardens: Bardascino Park, 10th and Carpenter streets; Cianfrani Park, Eighth and Fitzwater streets; Palumbo Park, 723 Catharine St.; Triangle Park, Sixth and Christian streets; Bel Arbor, 10th and Kimball streets


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