There may be older eateries in South Philadelphia, but since 2003 few restaurants have garnered more acclaim than Scannicchio’s, 2500 S. Broad Street.
For more than a century, Lerro Candy Co., 2434 S. Broad St., has been based in the same Broad Street building that Giovanni Lerro started in back in 1916.
In 1932 Filippo “Pop” Italiano started selling an authentic Italian summer treat from a cart in his South Philadelphia neighborhood.
Lou Galdo Sr., who is entering his 40th year in the hospitality industry, knows how to host an occasion — ranging from wedding receptions to funeral luncheons to corporate functions.
Marconi Plaza could be considered the epicenter of South Philly south of Washington Avenue. Stretching from 13th to 15th streets and spanning from Oregon Avenue to Bigler Street, it’s huge.
It’s hard enough to find time to work out, so Planet Fitness makes it simple with 24-hour access to its gym. And that’s just one of the reasons readers voted the Marconi locale at 2350 Oregon Ave. as top gym/health club for the second straight year.
By Joseph Fontanazza
If a person listened to Philadelphia sports talk radio the past few years, it would be impossible to miss personality Anthony Gargano bellow the words “It’s not just a hoagie, it’s a Primo.” While outsiders may not understand Gargano’s exclamation, residents south of City Hall know the saying by heart.
Law enforcement officials are hoping to capture a person who used a hole in a wall to burglarize a Marconi East business.
Authorities and loved ones are seeking the public’s assistance in determining the whereabouts of a Marconi man.
Surplus responsibilities often render tireless energy a rarity for most individuals, but Mike Chitwood counts as an admirable anomaly.
Many regard writing as strictly a personal pursuit, and although Steven M. Ziegler acknowledges the endeavor’s individual elements, he also concentrates on its communal qualities
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Boundaries: Marconi: Broad to 20th streets, Snyder to Packer avenues; Stella Maris: Broad to Seventh streets, Oregon Avenue to I-76.
Origin of Name: Designated, however informally, for the neighborhood’s centerpiece, Marconi Plaza, which was named for Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi, and to the east for Stella Maris Parish.
Brief History: Marconi was once a rural community, with farms occupying the land where houses and businesses now stand. In the 1960s and ’70s, Fairmount Park Rangers, in gray uniforms and white caps, were regular sights at Marconi Plaza, which flanks the 2800 block of South Broad. The west-side park also had a helicopter landing area until just a few years ago. Today, Marconi and Stella Maris are close to the sports complex.
Famous Residents: Former Mayor Frank Rizzo spent a few years of his childhood living on the 2300 block of South Rosewood Street, which residents informally renamed “Rizzo Street”; former Maryland's Mount St. Mary's college basketball coach Jim Phelan is a native of 1700 block of Ritner Street; Frankie Avalon, of 13th and Bigler streets and "T.J. Hooker" actor James Darren hail from the east side of the community.
Major Landmarks: Marconi Plaza, Oregon Avenue to Bigler Street, from 13th to 15th streets; supersite, 10th and Bigler streets
Architecture: Brick- and stucco-finished rowhomes, with some of the biggest on the 2900 block of South Broad.
U.S. Congressional District: 2nd, Chaka Fattah (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
Ward: 26th for Marconi; 39th for Stella Maris.
Police District: 1st (west of Broad), Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson; 3rd (east of Broad), Capt. Michael Ryan and Community Relations Officers Ace Delgado and Gary Harkins
Civic Groups:Broad Street West Civic Association; Marconi Area Residents Civic Organization; South Broad Street Neighborhood Association; South Philadelphia Communities Civic Association; Sports Complex Special Services District
Schools: F. Amedee Bregy School, 17th and Bigler streets; D. Newlin Fell School, Ninth and Oregon; Fifth Stone Music School, 2829 S. 18th St.; Mastery Charter Thomas Campus, 927 Johnston St.; Philadelphia Performing Arts Charter School, 2600 S. Broad; St. Monica Junior School, 17th and Ritner streets, and Senior School, 16th and Porter streets; St. Pio Regional Catholic School, 1826 Pollock St.
Places Of Worship: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 1401 W. Moyamensing Ave.; Lighthouse Baptist Church, 2400 S. Broad St.; Stella Maris, 814 Bigler St.; St. Richard of Chichester, 18th and Pollock streets;
Parks: Marconi Plaza, Oregon to Bigler Street, from 13th to 15th streets.