July 7, 2011 |
Stop in for a sack of basmati rice, garam masala, or perhaps the British chocolates the owners have set under glass - in case a light-fingered Anglophile with a sweet tooth shows up. As you wander the aisles of this West Philadelphia grocery store, wondering what is what and how you would cook it, the sound of foreign voices, singing, catches your ear. Curious, you move to the back of the store and find a fluorescent-lit room with a predominantly...
May 4, 1990 |
The sign on 49th Street near Woodland Avenue made me stop the car and turn around. "Hot and delicious soul food. Hazel's secret recipes," it said. It was lunchtime, and the ladies of Evangel Temple Church had just finished setting up tables weighed down with Hazel's chicken (fried, baked or barbecued), ribs, meatloaf, greens, potato salad, macaroni and cheese and spaghetti with meat sauce. Hazel was inside, overseeing the candied yams still in the oven. On Sundays, she and her husband, Rev. Alfonzer Patrick, oversee the church's flock.
August 25, 1991 |
Giacomo's Ristorante in downtown Norristown is a charming outpost of culinary civility. Although it looks much like a country French cafe, Giacomo's is an Italian restaurant with good home cooking and moderate prices. The attractive mix-and-match decor blends several styles. Pretty flowered blue wallpaper and light-blue ruffled cafe curtains with balloon valances at windows fronting East Main Street suggest French influences. Polished-wood wainscoting and brass lantern sconces attest to the building's long history.
October 21, 1990 |
Fast proliferating, Italian restaurants are all the rage these days; indeed, dozens of new places have been opening the past year or so in seemingly endless splendor. But few can match the quality of the home cooking at the new Riviera Ristorante & Pizza in Sharp's Run Plaza outside Medford. Riviera shares space with a pizza operation on one side, but make no mistake: The restaurant side has memorable cuisine at low prices you'll long remember. Small enough for intimate dining (it seats only 36)
August 25, 1995 |
"I want them to eat and be happy," is the way Alfonso Luberto explained it. Each word carried its own particular emphasis. "I want them to be comfortable. I want the restaurant to be a combination between food and aesthetics. " And then he added: "I want to give this restaurant a soul. " Spoken like a true Neapolitan. Even without music in the background, a telephone dialogue with Luberto conveyed the deep passion of a young man from Naples. Luberto, who has been in this country for about 15 years, was speaking about his new restaurant - Luberto's - which opened in April in a small shopping strip across from the Grant Plaza at Welsh Road and Grant Avenue.
May 23, 1997 |
If casual defines your comfort standards and family-style dining appeals to you, better not miss Cassano Italian Cafe and Bar. This Cherry Hill restaurant sets the standard. Cassano's has been open for about 2 1/2 years, but it wasn't until late last year that it developed its family theme. "I actually had the idea a few years back, but kept it on the back burner," says John A. Cassano Jr., chef-owner. "We were an upscale supper club. People really had to dress. You couldn't just walk in and sit down and eat. " 'This isn't the way to do business,' I thought.
May 25, 1986 |
Three, not two, things in life are certain: death, taxes and the assurance that you will never go hungry in the Capri Room, Pennsauken's newest restaurant. The restaurant opened three months ago as part of the House of Pizza, but don't let the name fool you; the dining room is separate from the pizza operation. The Capri Room resembles the many family-run South Philadelphia restaurants that specialize in good home cooking - and lots of it. The tradition has now crossed the Delaware; the result is that the Capri Room is already so popular that reservations are virtually mandatory.
September 22, 1991 |
When Juanita Welch was learning the intricacies and flavors of Mexican food from her mother while growing up in Torreon, Mexico, she never thought her love of cooking would become a thriving home-based business. But necessity proved to be the impetus for the birth of JSS Enterprises, when her husband, Bob, lost his job in November as an engineer at a West Chester company. "I wanted to do something to help out with our family's finances," she said, sitting in the spotless kitchen of the Welches' West Bradford home in Chester County.
January 8, 2009 |
The watchword for 2009 is less , as in: getting by on less; using less expensive ingredients; eating out less often. And more home cooking. The trend will affect families at all points along the culinary spectrum. Bon Appetit magazine, for example, suggests its home cooks substitute truffle oil for more expensive truffles, while Wegmans supermarkets say sales of supplies for home baking and canning are way up. "Over the last year, we've seen increased sales of baking ingredients such as flour, even over the spring and summer when flour prices were rising dramatically," says Josephine Natale, spokeswoman for the supermarket chain.
May 24, 2000 |
Charlotte Pennisi makes the best roast-pork sandwiches this - and that - side of the Walt Whitman. The finest fried meatballs, too. At least that's what her husband, Joe, says. He should know. He's been eating them now for more than 25 years. But Joe Pennisi isn't one to keep a good thing to himself. For years, he's been urging his wife to go into business and share her home cooking with the masses. "He always wanted me to open a sandwich shop," said Pennisi, a mother of three boys.