By Bill Chenevert
Gina Rucci, the co-owner of Popi’s Italian Restaurant, 3120 S. 20th St., is being lauded as a Stormwater Pioneer by the Philadelphia Water department.
By Joseph Myers
On account of her Catholic faith, Kim Milano believes God puts people in one’s path for a reason.
By Lou Ragone
I would like to congratulate Joseph Myers on his promotion to the editor of the South Philly Review.
By Joseph Myers
Over their decade-long tenure helming Pastificio Homemade Pasta Co., 1528 Packer Ave., Anthony Messina and Frank Sangiuliano have found themselves blessed in attracting faithful followers. With the impending arrival of Pope Francis, another figure well-renowned for drawing crowds, as part of the World Meeting of Families, the proprietors decided to unite nutrition with religion by introducing the Pope Cheese, a now-week-old offering proving immensely popular among devout devourers. “We create mozzarella shapes for holidays, so this is an extension of that practice,” Messina said from their Packer Park business. “Everyone’s excited that he is coming, and we thought we’d have a little fun with this concept.” The co-owner cooked up the idea in December, with mold work commencing in June. Thanks to the handiwork of ceramic artist and Queen Village resident Larry Buss, he and his brother-in-law have capitalized on the fervor that the Holy Father’s visit has generated. “So many people are finding themselves inspired over this trip,” Sangiuliano said of the pontiff’s Sept. 26 and 27 venture to the City of Brotherly Love. “We found it, too, by doing what we do best, and the response has been terrific.” Already the recipient of local and national praise, the latter through a Wall...
By Bill Gelman
A Packer Park resident is putting together Saturday’s Back to School bash in hopes of raising awareness for a national issue while mixing in five hours of entertainment and fun.
One need not reach a particular age to possess a profuse appreciation for the potential of a passion. Felicia Punzo has spent 18 of her 22 years living a performance-packed existence, yearning not only to forge a prolific singing profile but also to inspire the pursuit of any dream.
“I met John as an incoming ninth grader and from day one, he has always exhibited respect, compassion, and courteousness to everyone he interacts with”.
Hailing from the 3100 block of South 18th Street, Senior Vincent Amorosi is described by his nominator Vince Tarducci, an Honors Psychology instructor as ‘one of the hardest working individuals I’ve ever come into contact with in my nine year career,” and his personal academic achievements reflect this.
Hailing from Packer Park, Anthony Messina and Frank Sangiuliano, whose clans co-own Pastificio Homemade Pasta Co., have always felt focused on providing provisions that will delight their neighbors.
Whether serving the morning rush or catering to late night patrons, Penrose Diner, 2016 Penrose Ave., continues to be a favorite among South Philly residents, and it shows through the streak of Readers’ Choice Awards the establishment has earned since 2006.
When Anthony Lombardi picks up the phone at Lombardi’s Prime Meats, 1801 Packer Ave., there is no need for phone introductions or order specifications. It’s that family-friendly touch that has earned the Packer Park-based business a repeat appearance as the Readers’ Choice for butcher. “We are very honored,” Anthony Lombardi, who opened the current location in 2001, said. “We try to provide a consistent, friendly service and offer the highest quality of meats that you can buy.” Saturdays, which Anthony said is like “two days combined into one,” tend to be the craziest. The chicken cutlets with the homemade breadcrumbs are one of the biggest sellers. Today the business that Vince Lombardi started in 1960 continues to provide customers with a variety of tasty offerings. Seventeen years later, he purchased a space at 20th and Jackson streets, and opened Al’s Meat Market. After Anthony branched out with his own operation, the family consolidated the business. The entire staff remains passionate about the day-to-day routine, which includes sharing plenty of laughs. “I think we have fun in here,” Anthony Lombardi said. “The phone will ring, and I know who they are. It’s a very specialized occupation.” Dad’s Stuffing took a slice of second while Canulli’s...
» COMMUNITY PROFILE
Boundaries: Broad to 20th streets, Packer to Pattison avenues.
Origin of Name: “Packer” comes from the avenue and “Park” because, when the neighborhood was being developed in the late 1950s, much of the area was green and untouched.
Brief History: The area was swampy and undeveloped, but eventually Packer Avenue became the site of railroad tracks. Stores and a bank eventually opened at 15th and Packer.
Famous Residents: Lisa Peluso, former soap star who played Tony Manero’s little sister in “Saturday Night Fever;” award-winning documentary filmmaker Tina DeFeliciantonio; reputed mob boss Joey Merlino of Brinton Estates
Major Landmarks: American Swedish Historical Museum, 1900 Pattison Ave.; the 15-story Naval Hospital, which opened in 1935 and was imploded in 2001; Eagles’ practice facility The NovaCare Complex, Broad and Pattison; Packer Park Swim Club.
Architecture: Rowhomes and townhouses.
U.S. Congressional District: 1st, Bob Brady (D)
Pennsylvania Governor: Tom Corbett (R)
State Senate District 1st, Lawrence M. Farnese Jr. (D)
State House District: 185th, Maria Donatucci (D)
City Council District: 2nd, Kenyatta Johnson (D)
Police District: 1st, Capt. Louis Campione and Community Relations Officer Paul Bryson
Libraries: Donatucci, 1935 Shunk St., in Girard Estate.
Parks: FDR Park, Broad Street and Pattison Avenue