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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
The proprietor, who we assumed to be Mancuso, Jr., was happy to answer our questions. They are working on getting a website where customers can place orders online. If you want to reach out and talk cheese, you can call them at 215-389-1817. Their business card says they also make scamorze, which is similar to mozzarella. Their hours are 8-6:30 everyday, 8-3 on Sundays. Not too shabby!
The aforementioned scamorze.