My friend wanted me to experience the old Italian section of Philadelphia and she drove us there which isn’t far from downtown Philly. She had to drive because there isn’t public transportation to go there. South Street, 8th and 9th St, are so worth visiting.
Rows of butcher shops, some only selling turkey, meats and pork line the street. Just walking through each market is fascinating. Then there are produce stalls, pasta stores and delicious meatballs sold at DeLuca’s Villa di Roma. A funky kitchen store is Fante’s and fun to explore.
I had to try the two bakeries, famous Termini Brothers which is 92 years old and around the corner is Isgro pastries. I must say, I could skip the bakeries in NYC for these two places. Cannolis, pignoli cookies and anything that catches my eye with cream and ricotta cheese I ate. To take care of the sugar rush, we ate none other than Jim’s cheese steak sandwiches with cheese whiz and of course a hoagie. This is what Philadelphia is about and why I come back for more!