January 26, 2013
A New Jersey police officer who was beaten by a drunken Flyers fan last year outside Geno's Steaks filed suit Thursday against his attacker and the South Philadelphia bar that served the assailant. Neal Auricchio, 31, had come to Philadelphia on Jan. 2, 2012, for the NHL Winter Classic between the Flyers and the New York Rangers. After the game, Auricchio, in a Rangers jersey, was attacked while waiting in line with a friend outside the South Philadelphia sandwich shop. He suffered a concussion and doctors used a titanium plate to rebuild his face.
January 25, 2013 |
A NEW JERSEY police officer who was viciously beaten by a drunken Flyers fan last year outside Geno's Steaks filed suit Thursday against his attacker and the South Philly bar that served the attacker. Neal Auricchio, 31, an officer for the Woodbridge Police Department, was off-duty when he came to the city on Jan. 2, 2012 to attend the NHL Winter Classic that pitted the Flyers against the Rangers. After the game, the Iraq War veteran and a friend - who both were wearing Rangers jerseys - drove to the South Philly restaurant for a celebratory cheesesteak.
October 15, 2012 |
Shaun White's cab was navigating the narrow streets of South Philadelphia on Friday night when the driver pointed out that Geno's Steaks was just ahead. "Where is it? I can't see it," White joked about the brightly lit steak shop. This was the snowboarder's first trip to Philadelphia - or at least he was pretty sure it was. After his flight from California, White couldn't decide between Pat's or Geno's, so he chose both. White, who has emerged as the face of extreme sports over the last decade, has won a pair of Olympic gold medals and is one of the world's elite in both snowboarding and skateboarding.
October 11, 2012 |
BRAISED PORK belly with congee and sweet soy. Yellowfin tuna tartare layered with red curry, avocado and coconut broth. Squash flan adorned with brussels sprouts leaves, radish and spiced seeds. Rabbit rillette crowned with red plum, pistachio, black pepper gastrique and clover. If you had to guess where you could nibble such haute dishes in Philly, you'd likely assume Rittenhouse Square. Maybe Old City. Or Society Hill. Chestnut Hill . . . Manayunk? No, no, no, no and nope. Those menu items, plus groceries and takeout fare that include curried fleur de sel, lemon thyme meringues, sugarplum sorbet, tiny madeleine cakes - not to mention delicate cappuccinos lovingly prepared with locally roasted beans - are up for grabs along East Passyunk Avenue.
February 14, 2012 |
GENO VENTO , son of Joey Vento, the late founder of Geno's Steaks, says he's not selling the South Philadelphia landmark after which he was named. Yesterday we mentioned rumors that he wanted out. After unsuccessful attempts at reaching Geno, he left us a voice-mail saying "the restaurant is not up for sale. " Speaking of steaks . . . Pat's King of Steaks, across the street from Geno's, ranks 26th on Gogobot.com's list of top-50 Foodie Faves nationwide. The travel site also picked Philadelphia as No. 2 on its Destination Hot List above such international cities as Montreal, Buenos Aires and Dublin.
February 13, 2012 |
JOEY VENTO is gone but a new movie helps make sure he is not forgotten. The late Geno's Steaks owner appears in "Swooped," a comedy that screens at the Trocadero (1003 Arch) on March 18. Vento, who died in August, plays himself, selling a cheesesteak to one of the main characters. A few scenes take place at Geno's. Directors Joe Gariffo and ShaunPaul Costello say proceeds from the screening will go to fund their next film, "The Independents," which is a hockey comedy to shoot in town this Spring.
November 2, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Even in death, Philadelphia cheesesteak king Joey Vento is causing controversy. On Tuesday, State Rep. Daryl Metcalfe (R., Butler) proposed a resolution honoring Vento, owner of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia, who died in August. Vento was perhaps best known for the sign at Geno's that read: "This is America. When ordering, please speak English. " The sign sparked a national controversy in 2006. Metcalfe supports a bill to make English the "official language" of Pennsylvania and considers Vento a hero for his actions.
November 2, 2011 |
The aroma of fried onions hung in the air Wednesday as the Fraternal Order of Police dedicated a plaque in front of Geno's Steaks in South Philadelphia, memorializing Joey Vento, the controversial cheesesteak magnate and philanthropist, who died Aug. 23. FOP chaplain Joseph Cella gave the invocation at the ceremony, similar to those given for officers who die in the line of duty. "It seems quite appropriate in our Catholic, Christian faith, which Joey was raised in, that this, the day we commemorate all souls, we would recognize Joey," Cella said.
August 28, 2011 |
Cheesesteak virgins find out the hard way when they order wrong at the take-out windows of South Philly. The protocol is to order "Whiz wit," meaning, of course, Cheez Whiz with onions. Or, say, "American wit-out," meaning, well, you can figure it out. Mess up, and you're in trouble. At Pat's Steaks below the Italian Market, stern instructions are posted, warning that violators will be sent to the end of the line for screwing up. It's part of the late-night street ritual where Passyunk Avenue angles into Federal Street; like the curbside chants - fading nowadays - of the fishmongers and produce hucksters north on Ninth.
August 25, 2011
THE LOW POINT of Joey Vento's career probably was facing trumped-up charges that dragged him before the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations. He was accused of discrimination, but no matter how high the kangaroos in the court jumped, they couldn't produce anyone who was discriminated against at his neon-loaded, nurse-clean sandwich shop. At the time of the hearing, Joey told me CHR "violated numerous civil rights of me . " The high point of Joey Vento's career was showing up at Geno's before daybreak to prepare his iconic sandwich shop for the day's business.