February 8, 2011 |
Tony Luke Jr. online Official website: www.tonylukes.com . www.tonylukes.com/music.htm has MP3 downloads of original music. Official business website: www.tonylukes.tv . "Watch the Mummers Strut" video: www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mummers+luke&aq=f . "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone" trailer: www.youtube.com/watch?v=ahID5siy7gU . Eat 4 Peace: www.eat4peace.org (click on About tab).
August 4, 2011
We were there: 8:40 p.m. (bottom of the fifth inning). Wait: 2 minutes. Order: A roast pork sandwich with a side of roasted long hot peppers. Cost : $11. Phindings : El Phoodio finally got off the schneid in a big way. After consecutive visits suffering the overpriced and oversalted fare at Harry the K's and the flavor-challenged pizza from Seasons, the roast pork sandwich at Tony Luke's was truly manna from heaven. This delicious belly-filler (which, if swung in anger, could probably leave a dent on the human skull)
January 17, 2012
HERE ARE some tips (and a favorite snack recipe) from Tony Luke for those who'd like to follow his lead and remake their physical appearances in an organic and healthy way: * Understand that it's not about dieting or exercising for a specific period of time. "You will never keep the weight off if you don't make it a lifestyle change and if you don't make exercising as important a part of your life as getting up and showering in the morning. " * Moderation is the key. " 'Healthy' doesn't mean just eating wheat grass and alfalfa sprouts.
March 12, 2009 |
Let's cut to the chase: The reaction to the news last week that Tony Luke's, the gritty South Philly sandwich stand, was coming out with a frozen, microwavable/boil-in-a-bag version of its venerable cheesesteak was not exactly positive. "Sounds gross," was one of the milder e-mailed posts. "Two words," went another: " Nas-Tee . " "Blechhh," spat another. Then they got personal: "Tony sold out to The Man!" They had another thing in common. None of the commenters (except one, a defender)
January 17, 2012 |
TONY LUKE Jr. isn't nearly the man he used be. And that's one of two reasons the 50-year-old cheesesteak-and-roast-pork entrepreneur may be the happiest he's ever been (more on the second reason later). A year ago, when I profiled the modern-day Renaissance man for the Daily News , Luke didn't so much tip the scales; he crushed them, weighing almost 350 pounds. But just about a year later, here is Luke (real name, Anthony Lucidonio Jr.) sitting at a back table in his favorite Italian eatery, the deep-in-the-heart-of-South Philly Franco & Luigi's, carrying a mere 243 pounds on an impressively toned, 5-foot-9-inch frame.
February 8, 2011 |
A FEW years ago, a psychic told Tony Luke Jr. he hadn't survived childhood in any of his previous 10 lifetimes. Maybe that's why the South Philly native is driven to lead so many different lives in his current incarnation. Carrying a tattoo-bedecked, 340-plus pounds and sporting a cleanshaven head, twin diamond stud earrings and a serious goatee, the man born Anthony Lucidonio Jr. may look like a loan shark's collector or a nightclub bouncer, but he is a wildly successful businessman who runs an ever-expanding international dining and frozen-food business.
April 12, 2012 |
Back in 2007, when Daryl Hall came up with the idea for his online music show Live From Daryl's House, he was motivated in part by being able to go to work without leaving home. "I've been traveling around the world forever," says Hall, the 65-year-old Pottstown native who, along with John Oates, made up one of the best-selling duos in music history, with No. 1 hits that included "Kiss on My List," "Private Eyes," and "I Can't Go for That (No Can Do). " "But the Internet allows you to turn everything upside down," says Hall, on the phone this week from his house in Dutchess County, N.Y., where Live From Daryl's House is filmed.
April 4, 2008 |
Barack Obama vows he shall return and sample a cheesesteak. Just one? Yesterday, sports talker Glen Macnow of WIP (610 AM) posted his nearly final rankings of 45 cheesesteaks sampled between West Chester to Atlantic City. Only the order of the top six could change, pending a final on-air showdown at noon on Saturday, April 19. Interestingly, ranked No. 1 was also the place that finished first with Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan after his 2002 whirlwind tour of 23 eateries: John's Roast Pork on East Snyder Avenue in South Philadelphia.
December 1, 2011 |
The health attributes of Philadelphia's signature foods are beyond debate. Hoagies and scrapple are salty and fatty. Soft pretzels and Krimpets are loaded with empty carbs. Cheesesteaks? All of that. But in this supersized America, a one-thousand-calorie sandwich seems to fit right in. Then why are two major Philadelphia sandwich players - Tony Luke's and Rick's Original Steaks - going smaller? Both have introduced 6-inch versions of the traditional 9-inch sandwiches at their food-court locations.
July 10, 2009 |
Fascinated by cheesesteaks, all the lore and more? Then check out The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book, new from Philadelphia's Running Press. Author Carolyn Wyman (Spam: A Biography) doesn't fret about ratings and reviews as much as she dishes out heaping portions of local color, history and helpful info, like recipes. (Cheesesteak pierogis? Italian rolls!) Want to know who serves what meat on which rolls? She tells you for 38 major steak shops, from Pat's and Geno's to Claymont Steak Shop in Delaware - and shares stories about the folks behind the food.