By Bill Chenevert
Ben Miller and his wife Christina Martinez have been running Barbacoa South Philly at the corner of Eighth and Watkins streets on weekend mornings since 2012.
Hailing from a land well-versed in the joys in independence, Franca DiRenzo loved the liberty involved in opening Ristorante Tre Scalini in 1994.
By Bill Chenevert
Desperate times call for desperate measures. While Ss. John Neumann and Maria Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., isn’t necessarily desperate, it’s close.
Momentum makes a mighty fine gift for delirious basketball fans, especially ones who want an upset. Just as supporters of Archbishop Wood High School sensed their Vikings could vault past Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St., at The Palestra Monday night, Sianni Martin, determined to deny their wishes, converted what proved to be the game-deciding three-point play, guiding the Saints to a 50-45 win that secured their second-straight Catholic League championship.
One of the best kept secrets, it seems, in the heart of East Passyunk Crossing is the weekly invitation to attend free Italian cinema at the headquarters of the Sicilian Association of Philadelphia at 1614 E. Passyunk Ave.
Acknowledging acting as “a mercenary profession,” Dan Hodge has derived dollars and distinction for diligently delighting audiences.
One could devote days to pondering “could have” scenarios from Monday’s Catholic League boys’ basketball championship game at The Palestra, which Roman Catholic High School, won, 64-59, over Ss. Neumann-Goretti High School, 1736 S. 10th St.
The third annual East Passyunk Restaurant Week is in full swing - taking place through Saturday — and patrons have the opportunity to enjoy a delicious three-course meal for $15, $25 or $35 per person.
Liz Filios has long regarded risk-taking as a requisite to promoting artistic growth. Recently endowed with two enviable accolades for her acting acumen, the 31-year-old is again courting complexity by playing Cinderella in “Into the Woods.”
After much anticipation, Bing Bing Dim Sum, 1648 E. Passyunk Ave., opened Monday. To get the low down on the second venture from the Cheu Noodle Bar crew, I chatted with chef/owner Ben Puchowitz.
By Bill Gelman
Chef/proprietor Christopher Kearse has a will, but we aren’t just talking about his 28-seat East Passyunk Crossing-based Will BYOB, 1911 E. Passyunk Ave.
Appreciators of polenta can sate their passion for the porridge at Le Virtu, 1927 E. Passyunk Ave., who, through chef Joe Cicala, introduced a rustic, daily-changing selection complete with housemade ragus earlier this month. The Abruzzese cuisine staple is available through family-style platters or as an individualized plate, with lamb and rabbit, tomato and wild mushroom ragus as complements for $15. Call 215-271-5626, visit levirtu.com or follow @Joe_Cicala on Twitter. Submit food events and restaurant specials to the South Philly Review at firstname.lastname@example.org....
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Boundaries: Tasker to Snyder Avenue, Eighth to Broad streets.
Origin of Name: Spelled in deeds and records a variety of ways, including Perslajingh, Passayunk, Passyonck, Passajon, Passajungh, Passaming and Paisajungh.
Passyunk had its roots as an Indian village; Queen Christina later bequeathed the area as a 1,000-acre parcel to Lt. Swen Shute in return for important services rendered to the King of Sweden. The northeastern boundary fell around the parallel of 12th Street. It became a township at a very early period of Western settlement.
Brief History: Passyunk Avenue from Tasker to Broad streets got its start as an upscale shopping mecca. Restaurants, specialty food stores, pharmacies, furniture shops, clothing, shoe and jewelry stores dotted the avenue. In 2002, a city ordinance created the East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District, which was modeled after merchant-funded initiatives in Center City and Manayunk. Changing demographics have cause some to deem the area South Philly's "Gayborhood."
Famous Residents: Angelo Dundee: of Eighth and Morris streets, trained Muhammad Ali for 21 years; Charlie Gracie, a rock 'n' roll pioneer from Eighth and Pierce streets appeared on "American Bandstand" and the "Ed Sullivan Show;" Domenico Santo Maida, a native of Satriano, Italy, made his reputation for watercolors of Philadelphia's City Hall
Major Landmarks: East Passyunk Avenue; Joey Giardello statue, Mifflin Street and East Passyunk Avenue; Artist Isaiah Zagar's studio, 1002-12 Watkins St.; Marra's, 1736-38 E. Passyunk Ave.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
City Council District: 1st, Mark Squilla (D)
Ward: 1st; 39th
Police District: 3rd, Capt. Michael Ryan; Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Library: South Philadelphia, 1700 S. Broad St., in Newbold/Point Breeze
Places Of Worship: Abundant Life Chinese Mennonite Church, 1731 S. Broad St.; Bethany Indonesian Church of God, 1709 S. Broad St.; First Christian Assembly, 1900 S. 11th St.; Indonesian Full Gospel Fellowship Church, 2026 S. 13th St.; International Bethel Church, 1619 S. Broad St.; Jemaat GPDI South Philadelphia, 1900 S. 11th St.; Prophetic Church of Christ, 1826 S. Sixth St.; St. John's Baptist Church, 1232 Tasker; St. Nicholas of Tolentine, 1718 S. Ninth; Successful Bethany Family, 2019 S. Juniper St.
Rec Centers: Houston Center, 2029 S. Eighth St.; Tolentine Community Center, 1025-33 Mifflin St.