Philly’s Italian Market has been around since the late 19th century and still has a vibrant relevance today.
Of course tourists flock to the lower end of the market for the two “cheesesteak” havens of Pat’s and Geno’s. They will be missing out on some of the best cheesesteaks of the area as these are at George’s at 9th and Christian.
“I cook with wine, sometimes I even add it to the food.”
In the market you will find everything you need to make a great meal and in european marketplace fashion. There are street stands where you can find all the fruits and vegetables, shops with traditional butchers and even live poultry.
When Italian immigrants came to Philly, most stayed in a boarding house in the Italian market area and moved out once they had employment and earned a better living. What they brought with them was the idea of the market, a little piece of home here in the U.S. This was great for us.
The tradition continues with todays immigrants who are settling in this area of the city. These immigrants are not from Italy, but from other countries around the globe. The one thing they have in common is to make a better life for themselves and their children here in this country. They are keeping the traditions alive in the market which has kept it going all these years.
I would encourage everyone to explore this wonderful section of the city and immerse yourselves in the traditions which have kept this market area alive for well over a century. You won’t be disappointed.