Philadelphia Cuisine

By: Odell Sackie

The Philadelphia Cheesesteak

Pat Olivieri invented the cheese steak in the 1930's. Olivieri was a hot dog vendor in south Philadelphia who decided to grill some beef from the butcher and put it on an Italian roll

Soft Pretzels

Legend has it that a baker by the name of Ambrose Roth obtained the now famous recipe of the soft pretzel from a homeless man after providing him with shelter and care for the night

The Hoagie Sandwich

Philadelphia known as Hog Island, which was home to a shipyard during World War I (1914-1918). The Italian immigrants working there would bring giant sandwiches made with cold cuts, spices, oil, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, and peppers for their lunches. These workers were nicknamed “hoggies.” Over the years, the name was attached to the sandwiches, but under a different spelling.
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The Italian ice

The Invention of the Italian ice

Italian Ice originally came from Italy but made its way over to the United States and it is known as water icey in Philadelphia and the Delaware valley. Rita's Italian Ice is one of the most popular places to get Italian ice in Philadelphia and there are over 600 locations in the United States. Rita's Italian ice was founded by Bob Tumolo with a recipe that he purchased from an elderly neighbor that he then adjusted to enhance the flavors and include real fruit.

Other foods

Funnel cake, associated with the Pennslyvania Dutch,made by pouring batter into hot cooking oil in a circular pattern and deep frying the overlapping mass until golden-brown.

Restaurants and Markets

The Italian market is a huge market in Philadelphia with a big Italian influence, and it features many grocery shops, cafes, bakeries, and etc. The Reading Terminal Market is another big market in Philadelphia with over 100 merchants that sell fresh products.

Laurel is a French restaurant and is one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia,

Positano Coast is another restaurant with Mediterranean inspired cuisine and seafood

Fratelli's Italian Bistro is an Italian restaurant in Center City Philadelphia and offers Italian a casual Italian dining experience

The city of Philadephia

Philadelphia is the largest city of the U.S state Pennsylvania and the fifth most popular city in the U.S. In 1682, William Penn the city to serve as capital of the Pennsylvania colony. By the 1790's Philadelphia had surpassed Boston to become the largest city and busiest port in British America. The population of Pennsylvania is 12 million and the largest city Philadelphia has a population of 1.553 million. The Independence National Historical Park is one of the most visited places in Philadelphia by tourists, others are Liberty Bell Pavilion, the Independence Hall, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.