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.
June 25, 1994 |
A Philadelphia maintenance man whose attorney said he had sold cocaine to make extra money for his wife and daughter was sentenced in Woodbury yesterday to nine years in prison. Luis Lenis, 30, pale and thin, did not comment as he was sentenced, slightly more than one month after he pleaded guilty to selling more than five ounces of cocaine to the owner of a pizza shop that authorities said was the hub of an international narcotics network. Lenis, a native of Colombia, was one of about 30 defendants indicted last year after a two-year wiretap investigation into Gambino's Plaza 47 Pizza & Sub Shop in Deptford.
April 10, 2014 |
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....
December 8, 2015 |
THE DOCTORS would look at Vince Iannelli's medical report and then up at him and wonder if they had the right guy. The man in the medical report was riddled with cancers that had invaded many of his organs, from his prostate to his lungs to his liver to his bones. The smiling, happy-go-lucky man before the doctors didn't look as if he'd been sick a day in his life. "He had an inner spirit," said his sister Donna Iannelli. "I would say to the oncologist, 'Look at my brother.
January 31, 1995 |
Two masked men stormed Boccie of Ardmore in Suburban Square Friday night, struck a waitress in the head with a gun, and robbed the pizzeria of $2,500, the second armed robbery in two weeks at the upscale shopping center. Police arrested five Philadelphia men, including two employees of the pizzeria, following a chase down Montgomery Avenue that involved three police cars. According to police, the incident began about 11:20 p.m., while employees were closing the restaurant.
March 7, 1994 |
A Norwood man convicted of having fired a shot into a Glenolden pizzeria as part of an apparent feud with the shop's owners was sentenced in Delaware County Court on Friday to 10 months to two years in prison. Because he spent 10 months in Delaware County Prison awaiting trial, Edward Condon normally would be eligible for immediate parole. But Assistant District Attorney John F.X. Reilly said Condon faced more prison time because the shooting violated his parole for a Philadelphia aggravated-assault conviction.
September 10, 1999 |
A 22-year-old Washington Township man has been charged with disorderly conduct on accusations that he videotaped children as they played in a popular pizzeria and arcade. Jason Michael Kammerer was arrested Wednesday at the Chuck E. Cheese's restaurant in the Court at Deptford strip mall after an off-duty police chief saw a man following little girls in the play room and videotaping them as they climbed the equipment, police said. "I saw him walking up very, very close to kids and videotaping," Collingswood Police Chief Thomas Garrity Jr. said.
April 21, 1998 |
More than $20,000 in cash and a 9mm assault pistol were confiscated from a pizzeria last Friday by a team of code inspectors that pulled up to the shop with Mayor Milton Milan in the "Mayor Mobile," officials said. According to mayoral spokesman Keith Walker, the mayor's Suburban wagon, with Milan and members of his code-inspection team, drove to the shop at 1524 Mount Ephraim Ave. about 10:30 p.m. When some team members entered the premises, owner Mohamed Yasir Loul stepped into the back of the building, leaving steaks sizzling on the grill and a pizza baking in the oven, Walker said.
April 14, 1995 |
Daniel Colon said he shot the cop in self-defense. The 28-year-old North Philadelphia man, who police say robbed a neighborhood pizzeria Tuesday night and then fatally wounded the Housing Authority officer who chased him, has told investigators that the officer shot at him first, authorities said yesterday. Colon was arrested late Wednesday night at his father's house on North Front Street, following negotiations with police over his surrender. He was taken into custody without incident and charged with murder, robbery and related offenses.
December 22, 2014 |
A SAUCY PIZZA shop employee with pie-in-the-sky hopes bribed an undercover worker from the Inspector General's Office to pass health inspections at two of the pizzeria's locations earlier this year, according to the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office. Adolfo Delacruz, 35, an employee of Stacy's Pizzeria, which has locations on Market Street near 42nd in West Philadelphia and on Drexel Road near Haverford Avenue in Overbrook Park, has been charged with two counts of bribery. An employee with the Inspector General's Office who was wired as part of the investigation posed as a health inspector and visited the Stacy's Pizzeria location in Overbrook Park on Sept.