Food & Drink Features

Talk of the Town Cheesesteaks’ Italiano Roast Pork

In pondering a business venture two decades ago, Billy D’Ambrosia felt that a tanning salon could help to make him a bright presence in South Philly.

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Madira Bar & Grill’s Vegetarian Curry

Leigh Needham has resided in Philadelphia for 10 years, with Point Breeze as “the friendliest neighborhood” that he has called home, and has honed a lifelong love for Indian cuisine.

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Magpie Artisan Pies’ Chocolate Coffee Cinnamon Pecan Pie

Facing a case of career burnout about five years ago, Holly Ricciardi chose to chomp on a novel pursuit, taking a hiatus from graphic design endeavors to attend The Art Institute of Philadelphia.

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Black Cat Tavern on 12th’s Potato and Cheese Pierogies

Well aware of the growing number of over-the-top libation locations, Tom Ball and Marlise Tkaczuk did not want to waste their energy conforming to the call for extravagance when fueling their concept for “a nice neighborhood bar.”

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The Philadium Tavern’s Meatballs

While there is plenty to admire with regards to those who feel born to perform certain jobs and then go on to excel in particular positions, we should also commend individuals who foster love for a field not through some genetic pull but rather because of a genuine attraction. Ed Mastripolito belongs in the second set of folks and has enjoyed a 47-year affiliation with The Philadium Tavern.

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MoJo’s Pop Co.’s Salted Caramel, Pretzel, and Peanut MoJo Bar

CBS and NBC fared quite well in promoting patriarchal wisdom in airing “Father Knows Best” from 1954 to ’60, but based on her experience, Maigan Lennon would likely lobby for lauding moms and dads equally.

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Gold Label

Manayunk Brew Co. scores big with its Russian stout creation.

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Bar One’s Pappardelle

We often hear of musicians and artists who ponder projects for a long time before unleashing their masterpieces on the masses.

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Sweet Memories Chocolates’ Oreo Truffles

Though she had acquired ample home-based experience making goodies for friends and had come to conclude that her creations could captivate the masses, Lisa Giacobetti confessed that the thought of running her own spot did not initially fill her with unwavering ease.

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Stuffed Italian Long Hots by Toll Man Joe’s

Arturo Bermudez always aims to prove the belief that he was “born to be creative.”

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