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What's Happening in:  Lower Moyamensing 

Old School Spotlight: Checking in on LoMo’s tomato pie treasures

NOTE: We at the Passyunk Post focus almost exclusively on what’s new in the neighborhood, but South Philly wouldn’t be such a great place if it weren’t for all that came before that. For that reason, we’ve decided to launch the Old School Spotlight, an occasional feature in which we demystify some of those places that have been around forever. Want to nominate a place for an Old School Spotlight? Email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

Pic from Plan Philly's Eyes on the Street

Pic from Plan Philly’s Eyes on the Street

For this Old School Spotlight, we rely on the curious, helpful folks over at Plan Philly’s blog Eyes on the Street, which checked in last week with two of Lower Moyamensing’s tomato pie gems, New York Italian Style Bakery and Villari Brothers Bakery.

New York Italian Style Bakery and Villari Brothers Bakery are two classic Italian bakeries specializing in fresh breads and delectable tomato pie. Despite decades of neighborhood change and shifts in shopping habits and food production, both bakeries manage to anchor their respective corners by catering to locals and longtime customers drawn back to the old neighborhood for tastes of their past.

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What's Happening in:  East Passyunk Crossing 

Old School Spotlight: Mancuso & Son Cheese Importers on Passyunk

NOTE: We at the Passyunk Post focus almost exclusively on what’s new in the neighborhood, but South Philly wouldn’t be such a great place if it weren’t for all that came before that. For that reason, we’ve decided to launch the Old School Spotlight, an occasional feature in which we demystify some of those places that have been around forever. Want to nominate a place for an Old School Spotlight? Email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

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Across the street from Adobe, Le Virtu, Fuel and Noir hides a little mom-and-pop store that most people don’t notice, despite that it’s been open for 70 years.

Lucio Mancuso & Son (1902 E. Passyunk) makes their own cheese (we got a delicious sampling of ricotta, mozzarella and baked mozzarella on our visit) and stocks a large array of imported items from Italy. The store is packed to the gills with coffee, biscotti, olives, bread, meats, olive oil and pasta. And the cheese is top quality.

Basically, we’re saying you don’t necessarily have to schlep up to DiBruno Bros. We got this.

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

Old School Spotlight: Famous Fourth Street Deli

NOTE: We at the Passyunk Post focus almost exclusively on what’s new in the neighborhood, but South Philly wouldn’t be such a great place if it weren’t for all that came before it. For that reason, we’ve decided to launch the Old School Spotlight, an occasional feature in which we demystify some of those places that have been around forever. Want to nominate a place for an Old School Spotlight? Email us at punk@passyunkpost.com.

It’s easy to forget that amid all the Italian, Mexican, New American, and even Nordic (soon) restaurants around here, we also have one amazing New York-style deli, the Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen, which has been serving  Jewish delicacies at the corner of 4th and Bainbridge since 1923. They serve sandwiches in two sizes: regular and zaftig. Zaftig is a Yiddish word  that means “bigger than your head”*.

We can attest to the deliciousness of the food (especially the potato latkes), the generous portions and the complimentary pickle bowl that is bestowed on each table. And don’t forget the warm chocolate chip cookies you get with your bill!

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