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March 14, 2014 | BY MISTER MANN FRISBY, For the Daily News
    THANKS to the comedic duo of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, one Upper Darby family is cheesing from ear to ear. During the March 3 broadcast of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Fallon surprised Fey - his former "Saturday Night Live" castmate and a guest that evening - on air with a large pizza from her favorite hometown spot, Pica's Restaurant in Upper Darby. The plain, rectangular pie with cheese on the dough and sauce on top has been a staple at the family-owned business since 1941, when its late founder, Frank Pica Sr., opened the original location at 62nd and Race streets, in West Philadelphia.
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March 19, 1987 | By Marilou Regan, Special to The Inquirer
A businessman who wants to open a pizzeria at 1506 Chester Pike has asked the Folcroft Zoning Hearing Board for a special exception. Although the area is zoned for commercial use, Gus Kontis of Wilmington needs a special exception to operate an eat-in/take-out restaurant because the site is not zoned for sit-down dining. He and his partner, Jerry Fokas, plan to open a pizza shop in the 1,100- square-foot building, and to provide seating for 32. Kontis testified at Monday night's hearing that he would sign a lease on the property if the special exception was granted.
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October 4, 1990 | By Glenn Berkey, Special to The Inquirer
To get the world to beat a path to your door, you need not build a better mousetrap. Just sell everything on your menu at half price. That's what New Village Pizza in Bensalem did all day Monday. About 2,100 people - an estimated five times more than on a normal day - showed up to claim their share of the discount. The sale, which was only advertised through fliers that were not widely distributed, marked the reopening of New Village after a 10-day shutdown as new owners took over.
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September 8, 1991 | By James Cordrey, Special to The Inquirer
The Central Morton Civic Association (CMCA) is leading a boycott against a Morton pizzeria whose owner allegedly kissed a 17-year-old girl against her will. The boycott has been in effect four weeks, since the alleged incident, said CMCA president Eleanor Saunders. "We are showing community disapproval for the events at the pizza place," she said. "We are a close-knit town; when something happens to one of us, we all feel it. " The mother of the girl gave this account of the incident: The girl, who patronized Santino's Pizza Rama about once a week, went in Aug. 10 to buy some french fries.
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August 7, 1994 | By Christine Bahls, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
Four employees of a Little Caesar's pizzeria were charged with theft and receiving stolen property, police said, after they stole $363 in cash from the pizzeria and tried covering up the crime by reporting that they had been robbed. Three of those charged were brothers who live in Penns Grove, N.J.: Jose Andujar, 18; Daniel, 21; and their 17-year-old brother, whose name was not released because he is a juvenile. The fourth person charged was Angie Robayo, 18, of the 6300 block of Elmhurst Street, Philadelphia.
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September 15, 1994 | By Tom Avril, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
If you order a pie at Joe's Pizza in Medford, you can get it with black olives, pepperoni, anchovies or green peppers, among other toppings. Until recently, according to Newark FBI agents, you could also pick up cocaine and handguns. To go. Pizza parlor owner Giuseppe Mannino, 33, of Somerdale, is scheduled for a bail hearing tomorrow before a U.S. magistrate in Trenton. He was arrested Monday afternoon by FBI agents at the pizzeria, which is on Tomlinson Mill Road, in front of five startled customers and three employees.
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June 28, 2012 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A firefighter was injured Wednesday morning as he battled a blaze at a landmark South Street pizzeria. The fire at Lorenzo and Son's Pizza, at 3rd and South Street, was first reported at 10:26 a.m. Firefighters placed it under control shortly before noon. The three-story building at 305 South St. houses the pizzeria on the ground floor and several apartments above, said Executive Fire Chief Richard Davison. A hole in the wall that does brisk business after last call, Lorenzo's is known for brusque counter workers and New York-style pizza slices the size of your head.
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December 16, 2000 | by Kitty Caparella, Daily News Staff Writer
A 13-year-old boy using a cell phone foiled a holdup at a Mount Airy pizza shop that led to a wild shoot-out last night between cops and a robbery suspect. When the smoke cleared, the suspect and an employee of the pizzeria, on Stenton Avenue near Barringer Street, each suffered three gunshot wounds, police said. Both were taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center, where the suspect was listed in critical condition and the pizzeria employee in guarded condition, police said.
NEWS
September 6, 1989 | By Jim Smith, Daily News Staff Writer
Francesco "Cheech" Gambino, a reputed boss of the Sicilian Mafia, was convicted yesterday by a federal jury of trafficking in millions of dollars worth of heroin and cocaine, using pizzerias as fronts. The jury also convicted four other reputed Sicilian Mafia members or associates, but acquitted another defendant, Carlo Fodera, owner of an auto body shop in Brooklyn, N.Y. "It's an important victory in the war against drugs, given the international aspects of the organization," said Michael Seigel, a prosecutor with the U.S. Organized Crime Strike Force in Philadelphia.
FOOD
July 5, 2000 | by Kent Steinriede, For the Daily News
Nabil Jomli has had a varied professional life. He trained as an engineer in his native Tunisia, yet became a physical education teacher there. Then, after two years as a front desk clerk in a London hotel, he came to Philadelphia in 1997. The next year he opened a halal butcher shop in the Italian Market. The butcher shop evolved into a Mediterranean take-out restaurant and, most recently, into a pizzeria with a sprinkling of Mediterranean dishes on the menu. However, one thing has been constant since Jomli, 33, opened his first business on 9th Street: savory, slightly spicy merguez sausage.
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September 12, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
While building Capogiro into a nationally touted gelato brand, Stephanie Reitano baked pizzas at home. Just as she was emboldened by her desserts, she and her husband, John, decided to go pro and open a pizzeria. Within a week, the public can taste the wares of Capofitto , a gelateria, cafe, and bar in the front, with a pizzeria and dining room in the back, at 233 Chestnut St. in Old City. The former paper company has been decorated with 19th-century features found in the building.
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April 16, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
The husband-and-wife owners of Ocean City's popular Manco & Manco pizzerias pleaded not guilty in a tax evasion case Monday. Charles Bangle, 54, and his wife, Mary, 53, are accused of concealing $981,000 in income from the IRS and using the proceeds for personal expenses. They were arrested the morning of April 3 by IRS investigators and released that day after appearing in federal court in Camden. During that hearing, a judge ordered the two to give up their passports, and Charles Bangle to hand over weapons that included 12 handguns, two shotguns, and two rifles.
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April 10, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
HAD IT NOT BEEN for the security cameras at the 60th Street Pizza restaurant in Southwest Philadelphia, Shaquir Johnson and his cousin Nasire Davis may have gotten away with the brutal beating they gave a man in front of the victim's family two years ago. But the cameras were rolling inside and outside the Chester Avenue eatery, capturing Johnson, then 19, and Davis, then 16, beating Charles Distin, 53, and dragging him outside to the sidewalk....
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March 14, 2014 | BY MISTER MANN FRISBY, For the Daily News
    THANKS to the comedic duo of Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey, one Upper Darby family is cheesing from ear to ear. During the March 3 broadcast of "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon," Fallon surprised Fey - his former "Saturday Night Live" castmate and a guest that evening - on air with a large pizza from her favorite hometown spot, Pica's Restaurant in Upper Darby. The plain, rectangular pie with cheese on the dough and sauce on top has been a staple at the family-owned business since 1941, when its late founder, Frank Pica Sr., opened the original location at 62nd and Race streets, in West Philadelphia.
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November 15, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
ONE TINICUM Township pizzeria owner who wanted a piece of his customer's pie conspired with a teenage employee to steal a $2,500 winning lotto ticket the loyal customer had accidentally left behind at the shop, according to Tinicum Township police. When police searched Anthony's Pizza after the ticket was reported stolen, they allegedly discovered that pizza was not the only way the shop owners were making dough. Prescription drugs and drug-packaging material allegedly were found in the shop.
FOOD
September 20, 2013 | By Rick Nichols, For The Inquirer
Jeff Michaud was at full throttle, flinging flour on the Neapolitan doughs, stretching them, saucing them. He banged them out, pie after pie after pie (Sicilian tuna! Bufala mozzarella-and-prosciutto crudo! Eggplant-burrata!), chanting to the wide-eyed staff: "This one is the Sicilian . . . !" " This one is the . . . !" And things were not running - not yet - what you'd call smoothly. It was less than a week before pocket-size Pizzeria Vetri opened in a stretch of glassy new storefronts at 19th and Callowhill.
FOOD
June 7, 2013
To call Pizzeria Beddia hot is an understatement. This tiny Fishtown corner takeout is as inconvenient as possible - open only Wednesday through Saturday, with a limited cash-only menu and no phone. But I'd endure the hour-plus wait again because Joe Beddia puts so much love into every crispy New York-style round. From the locally sourced ingredients to his meticulously fermented dough, he practically sends each one into the oven with a goodbye kiss. But things get genuinely hot with the Arrabiata, an "angry" pizza whose thick Jersey tomato sauce is spiked with so many chiles, both pickled serranos and thinly shaved fresh Thai peppers, that it's bound to become Philly's new object of spicy desire.
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February 22, 2013 | Michael Klein
The stretch of South Street from Broad Street west into Grays Ferry has been growing as a food destination, what with such recent arrivals as the Cambridge , Magpie Artisan Pie Boutique , Sawatdee , and the Quick Fixx , and with the second location of Honey's Sit 'n Eat opening shortly at 21st and South Streets. Saturday will see the debut of Miles Table at 1620 South St. (267-318-7337), a cozy, neighborhood-friendly spot from Michael Lynch, whose business Catering by Miles counts for much of the reason people want to join Lombard Swim Club, where he's the exclusive caterer.
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August 2, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
A Neapolitan pizzeria and a French bistro have joined Phoenixville's dining lineup. At Vecchia Pizzeria Napoletana (249 Bridge St., 610-933-1355), townsman Frank Nattle imports everything from Naples - the 00 flour, the San Marzano tomatoes, the bufala mozzarella, even the two stonemasons who built his oven from Mount Vesuvius stone. While working at the now-closed Brick Oven Bread & Cheese Shop down the street, Nattle experimented with pizza-baking after hours in the still-warm oven.
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