August 27, 2008
RE THE EX-COP who shot and killed a robber who tried to hold him up as he tried to deliver a pizza. Thank you for getting rid of a bad guy who has been in and out of jail and had cost us taxpayers a great deal of money. No thanks to his parents or single parent who didn't do a good job of raising him to be a lawful citizen. Robert F. Schaffer, Philadelphia
January 22, 1989 |
The Italian government is being asked to define pizza. Italy's Green Party, alarmed over numerous food places that now say they are selling pizza, wants laws to establish what constitutes a proper Italian pizza. The Greens believe that none of the coffee bars, American-type hamburger joints, railway-station canteens, grand hotels, tourist-site vendors and others that sell what is labeled pizza actually seems to be making a pizza. The Greens believe that there is no evidence of the pungent odor of a wood- burning oven, in which a proper pizza must be cooked, according to Neapolitan tradition.
May 3, 1986 |
Six West Philadelphia residents required hospital treatment last night after eating a homemade pizza apparently laced with a hallucinogenic drug, police said. All six were taken to Lankenau Hospital, where they were treated for a toxic reaction to an unknown substance. A doctor at the hospital told police the substance probably was a hallucinogenic. Two of the victims were admitted to Lankenau in stable condition. They are Maria Iannone, 88, of 65th Street near Callowhill, and Michael Ermilio, 56, who lives across the street from Iannone, police said.
September 1, 2011
There's a reason that there are six Santucci's in the Northeast: The crust is square, deep, and crispy, the tomato sauce is sharp. But they are known for causing pizza mayhem by putting a layer of melted mozzarella beneath the sauce, not the other, expected, way around. Now Santucci's has opened a location in Bella Vista, and it couldn't be more welcome. It's the type of normal, untrendy, sit-down restaurant that makes a neighborhood complete. Here, the non-pizza offerings are stepped up - there's an antipasto board, and hoagie rolls are teeming with slow-cooked meats such as short ribs with wild mushrooms and porchetta.
June 15, 1994 |
Good pizza is a simple matter. Start with fresh ingredients. Strike a proper balance among crust, cheese, oil and sauce. Cook in an oven that's hot enough. Yet Philadelphia and the nation are glutted with bad pizza. We're drowning in it. Choking on it. Smothered by it. Pizza that's pre-fab. Reheated. Drenched in oil or buried in cheese. Yellow cheese. Beige cheese. Fake cheese. Crust that's too thick. Too heavy. Too old. Sauce that's canned. Too processed. Too cheap. Such pizzas are consumed by the tens of thousands every day in Philadelphia.
February 2, 2012
What's to eat: Wood-fired, bubble-crusted, 11-inch pizzas - a steal at $9 or less. These pies are arguably the best in town. Find it: 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday at 440 N. Broad St.; Tuesdays and Thursdays at the northeast corner of 33rd and Arch; Wednesdays and Fridays at LOVE Park. Look for: A red-and-white trailer hitched to a black F-150. Online: www.pitrucopizza.com . Twitter: @PitrucoPizza. Call ahead : 484-602-5454. Around for : Four months.
October 15, 1992 |
After serving four generations of a single family at the same Port Richmond location for 72 years, the old brick oven at Tacconelli's Pizzeria has been forced into retirement. "It was a wreck. If I called the doctor for the oven, he would have put it in intensive care," explained Tacconelli's patriarch pizza baker, Vincent Sr. Contractors are hitting the bricks on Tacconelli's stalwart old oven to make way for a new one to carry the family's brick-baking approach to pizza into the 21st century.
September 2, 2002 |
Basketball is first on Tyree's fun agenda - and he's earned a trophy that he will be glad to show anyone in sight. Tyree has a long list of activities that he enjoys. Riding a scooter, playing video games, and watching magic shows on television are among his favorites. He's also talented at drawing, and likes to look at illustrations in magazines and copy them. Doing any of these is even better when followed by a delicious cheese pizza. Tyree, 11, has a reputation for having a sweet disposition, despite neglect and abuse in his background.
June 3, 1990 |
With summer coming, Vinnie & Scalia's California Pizza is an exceptionally attractive place for fashionably light dining. Open only six weeks, this Cherry Hill spot exuberantly offers imaginative cuisine that will tickle your palate as well as caress the eye. The menu offers exotic boutique pizzas, excellent salads and marvelous pastas. The office-complex restaurant formerly was the site of two other restaurants, Down Under and H. A. Winston's. Thankfully, the place has been repainted and brightened in typical California-Spartan fashion.
November 14, 1986 |
Old wineries never die; they just become new restaurants. Housed in what used to be the South Mountain Winery, which closed eight years ago, is the Metro Cafe. Little more than a month old, it's South Street's newest restaurant. The Metro Cafe is sleek and casual, with some attractive art deco features - wall light fixtures, very comfortable grey and black chairs and walls painted something called silver pink. I would have preferred cloth to paper napkins, but the oil cloth table covering is one of the smartest I've ever seen.