A high-school trip to Italy sparked Anthony’s Italian Coffee House in Philadelphia’s South Ninth Street Italian Market. “I fell in love with the cafe culture,” Anthony Anastasio recalled about those two weeks in 1989. “I was born and raised at the market, and it was some- thing the market was missing.” He has since built the business on the legacy...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

If you’ve spent any time shopping for meat and cheese on South 9th Street in Philadelphia, you’ve heard the word. It entered the national consciousness a couple of decades ago, as Tony Soprano and family ate their way through the popular TV show. Others remember it from “The Office,” in an infamous episode where Michael tries to order it for a clie...

It’s that time of the year. Philly’s largest block party returns this weekend.  The 2022 South 9th Street Festival also known as the Italian Market Festival will take place May 21st-22nd from 11 am to 6 pm along the iconic 9th Street corridor in the Italian Market. Bring the entire family and enjoy all the Festival Events, including Live Musical En...

The Italian Market has not officially been blessed in over two years, so we are excited to welcome back the Procession of Saints on May 22! It is a tradition that stems back centuries and that took place in every Italian & Mexican village. It was (and still is) a time where the church and communities came together to honor faith. The Procession of...

New York City definitely has the largest Italian American population in the nation, yet Philadelphia is in second place. Italian Americans in the city primarily live in South Philadelphia. Many Italian immigrants began arriving in South Philadelphia from the northern Italian regions of Liguria and Veneto in the 1860s. According to the 1870 census,...

Michelle Gambino, the producer of the South 9th Street Italian Market Festival, shared painful words Wednesday about how that festival - one of the traditional events of South Philadelphia - will be halted again after an initial postponement from May until September.  "We were hoping that this event would be like a comeback event...a post COVID com...

The owners of Nannie Franco's Pizza decided to remove the mural of former mayor Frank Rizzo of Philadelphia from the side of their building. As their new project is being funded by online fund-seeking to replace the mural, we would like to step in and make a suggestion to paint a mural of Mother Cabrini. Mother Cabrini, the saint of immigrants, is...

Hours after the statue of Frank Rizzo was removed from the steps of the city’s Municipal Services Building, officials announced they would replace the mural of the controversial former Philadelphia mayor and police commissioner near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia.  “Together, The S. 9th Street Shopping District, the property owners and th...

South Philadelphia's Italian Market is the oldest continuously operating open air market in the United States, a surviving enclave of the American immigrant experience. While most neighborhoods undergo dramatic change after more than a century, the distinct character of the Italian Market has survived since it opened in 1891. A new episode of PBS'...