2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Residents from near and far went to the polls and made sure their voices were heard as to what people and places deserve top billing. Dig in and enjoy the 2012 serving of honorees.

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An inspiring scene

No more snow! No more snow!

Sorry, I must have been dreaming that I was stuck in winters of past when another foot or two of the soft, white stuff was once again making parking mission impossible.

This winter, in some areas of the Philadelphia region, you needed a magnifying glass to find a snowflake. It is a good thing I never purchased that new shovel. But now (I am not a meteorologist) spring is on the horizon with its scheduled March 20 start date. Call it a technicality. As I write this Editor’s Note with the sun shining brightly in my face, it already looks and feels like spring out there.

The words “Spring Guide” open doors for fun days in the scenic outdoors. Residents can take a short stroll to the local water ice stand of choice and scoop up their favorite frozen flavor. Others enjoy the ambiance of The Lakes with a four-legged friend in tow or play 18 holes on the links. Seventy-degree days also shout out for a let’s-go-out-to-eat night.

For those struggling with deciding where to dine, some of the South Philly Review’s 2012 Readers’ Choice winners are ready to deliver an award-winning meal, dessert or night out. Also, turn to the Review’s expanded “What’s Happening” section highlighting sports, concerts, spring offerings and much, much more.

A thank you goes out to all the voters for taking the time to fill out the ballots and sharing your opinions. To the people and places who feel stranded in the cold (where are you, Alaska?), next year will generate a fresh list filled with categories new and old.

-Bill Gelman

Contact Editor Bill Gelman at or ext. 121.

2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Text by Editor Bill Gelman; Managing Editor Amanda L. Snyder; Staff Writer Joseph Myers; Contributor Jess Fuerst; and Interns Samantha Byles, Lauren Hertzler and Bobby Kittredge

Photos by Staff Photographer Greg Bezanis


Fuel: Soup; Hummus; Lunch menu (sit down); and healthiest menu
Geno's Steaks: Cheesesteak
PrimoHoagies: Hoagie
John's Roast Pork: Pork sandwich
SliCE: Specialty pizza
Penrose Diner: Diner
Ippolito's Seafood: Seafood selection
Scannicchio's Italian Restaurant: BYOB; Italian Restaurant; Dessert menu; Chef
Cantina Los Caballitos: Ethnic restaurant (non-Italian)
Birra: New restaurant

Night on the Town

South Philadelphia Tap Room: Craft beer selection
Popi's Italian Restaurant: Celebrate a special occasion
Chickie's & Pete's: Friday happy hour; Bar menu; French fries

Sweet Tooth

Termini Bros.: Cannoli; Cookies
Italiano's Water Ice: Water ice
Caffe Chicco: Iced coffee


Barbara Capozzi: Civic leader
Dr. Steven Moskowitz and Dr. William Mestichelli: Dentist
Johnny Looch: DJ
D. Olivieri Jewelers: Jeweler
Rev. Joseph Kelley: Priest/minister
Dr. Gail Avicolli: Principal


Carl Arrigale: High school coach
Neumann-Goretti Saints: High school team
St. Monica: CYO program
Mike Schmidt: All-time pro athlete
Antonio "Scoop" Jardine: Local current college athlete

And the Rest ...

Mummers Parade: South Philadelphia tradition
East Passyunk Avenue: Shopping center/district
Headhunters Hair Design: Salon
Roast beef sandwich: Category not on this list

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1. Anonymous said... on Mar 21, 2012 at 01:19PM

“Re: The category won by Popi's: What exactly is a "separate occasion"?”


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