March 14, 2014 |
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.
March 19, 1987 |
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.
October 4, 1990 |
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.
September 8, 1991 |
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.
June 28, 2012 |
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.
August 7, 1994 |
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.
September 15, 1994 |
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.
December 16, 2000 |
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.
September 6, 1989 |
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.
July 5, 2000 |
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.