Secrets of South Philly--
YO, ADRIAN. Meet SoPhi. The new gal is right now just a twinkle in the eye of South Philly neighborhood visionaries like Geoff DiMasi, vice president of the Passyunk Square Civic Association (PSCA), and graduate city-planning students at the University of Pennsylvania, who drew up the SoPhi concept for PSCA as a class project last spring.
South Philly's Italian Market Festival started small one Sunday in 1971 as an excuse to parade around Bella Vista after Mass, then feast on roast pork sandwiches served from bingo tables set up along 9th Street.
All the buzz about the 1600 block of E. Passyunk Avenue makes perfect sense. With a critical mass of destination restaurants like Paradiso, RoseLena's, Cantina Los Caballitos, and the new Chiarella's Ristorante (of Wildwood, N.J., fame), the street is hopping on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday nights.
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