Criniti, the longtime South Philadelphia ristorante, closes

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Criniti's building at 2611 S. Broad St. will become a school.

Criniti Ristorante Italiano's 32-year run in South Philadelphia has ended.

Owner Massimo Criniti confirms that the restaurant, which in 2004 took over a shuttered church on Broad Street near Moyamensing, closed two weeks ago. "It was just time to move on and do something different," he said.

The building will become a Montessori school.

The family opened Criniti in 1985 nearby.

>While on the topic of closings: Girasole, which spent eight years on Pine Street just west of Broad Street in the Symphony House, has closed. The Iovino family is looking for a new location, perhaps in South Philadelphia. Girasole had a long run on Locust Street, near 13th.