The Spot: Marra's

May 13, 2015 1226

by Danya Henninger

In 1920, Salvatore Marra left his hometown of Naples in search of a better life. He landed in San Francisco and then moved to Chicago, where he opened a pizzeria and became friends with Al Capone. After a few years, he moved to Philadelphia, and was joined by his wife, Chiarina.

The couple set out to launch another pizzeria. They took over a storefront in South Philly that had been home to a butcher shop, constructed a huge brick oven, and, in 1927, opened the doors to Marra's. Fast forward 88 years: those doors have never closed.

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