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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.
You won't confuse Passyunk Square, the up-and-coming neighborhood between Washington Avenue and Tasker Street, for Paris, the City of Light. (Paris, for example, has no Pat's and no Geno's, either.) But the two have more in common than Paris might want to admit:
In a delightful matter of life imitating art, the Daily News has learned that former Eagle Vince Papale is quietly growing his family some deep South Philly roots.
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.
Yes, of course, Frank Sinatra has a special place in South Philly's heart. See, for example, the Sinatra karaoke contest slated for this year's 9th Street Italian Festival.
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