Photo Friday: Philadelphia Italian Market Festival

by Don Faust on July 22, 2011

The week’s Photo Friday takes a look at the great food and good times served up at the Italian Market Festival in Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Italian Market Festival

This week’s Photo Friday (#FriFotos) theme is FESTIVALS.  Chris and I used to live only a half block from the Italian Market in Philadelphia.  Each year on the second weekend of May, we always looked forward to the Italian Market Festival, where the 6+  blocks of the market would be shut off from traffic, and all the shops would set up special tables outside and serve up more specialty food than you can think of.

Philadelphia Italian Market Festival

Philadelphia Italian Market Festival

My favorites were always the roasted pig at Esposito’s and the cannolis (and everything else) at Isgro bakery.

Philadelphia Italian Market Festival

Also, I have to plug my favorite coffee shop, Anthony’s Italian Coffee House (in the background in the picture above) – pronounced Ant-nee’s for the native South Philly residents.

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Jenn July 22, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Oh–I would love to go there!! That looks like a blast!! Philly is one of my favorite cities and it has been waaaay too long! Thanks for sharing this! Cheers, Jenn


Don Faust July 23, 2011 at 11:01 pm

Jenn – yes, it’s time to go back. Some people miss Philly as one of the great food towns and the Italian Market has plenty to show off.


Angela July 22, 2011 at 4:57 pm

Very Italian, cannoli look delicious. Di Bruno Bros lol


Don Faust July 23, 2011 at 11:05 pm

Angela – yes, Italian in the Italian-American sort of way. A lot of traditions still hold true to the roots in Italy. When you visit, you should definitely see Di Bruno Brothers – it’s the finest cheese shop in town, and they also have a lot of specialty foods, like dried/cured meats such as prosciuto, salami, etc. The shop in the Italian Market is their first one which dates back many years, but they have a fairly new shop in Center City which is very large and has many more selections.


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