The Italian Market in Philadelphia, PA.


Bill and I went with our friends, health Ted and Carole, cialis to Philadelphia’s Italian Market today. This market is the oldest and largest working market in the United States, unhealthy and it hasn’t changed in over 100 years, and is located in South Philadelphia. Today it is still predominently Italian, but there other cultures represented as well.



As we walked down the street, there was so much to look at.


I couldn’t help thinking how blessed we are in this country, to have such abundance, and so many varieties of beautiful foods to choose from. All the gorgeous fresh vegtables, meats, and cheeses. There are two different pasta manufacturers, selling fresh and frozen pasta. Bakeries, poultry shops, and fish stores.


There is everything from Jersey tomatoes, charcots verts from France, and even Italian truffles. There are coffee and tea shops too. There are 3 spice houses, and hundreds of spices from around the world to choose from, and there is much more to the market too. Not just food. You can find cooking supply stores, jewelry shops, pharmacies, etc. Too many to mention.

Here my cutie hubby, Bill, and my best friend, Carole.


After looking at all the foods, we started to get hungry, and it was getting cold!


We found a little neighborhood Italian restaurant, and thought we would give it a try. It felt so toasty, and warm when we walked inside, and we couldn’t wait to eat. I have to say the food was good, but not great, but our tummies were full, and we were ready to go. Carole suggested we walk around Society Hill. Great idea, I love it there! Society Hill. To me it’s every bit as beautiful as Williamsburg, VA., and this time of the year, it is gorgeous, all decked out for Christmas.




We walked for blocks, where one house after another, was just so beautiful. Every once in a while, we could see in the windows, being careful not to be seen peeking. By now, we were getting cold again, and found a lovely coffee shop, it too felt toasty and warm. After enjoying a HUGE cup of cappachino, and good conversation, it was the end of a wonderful day, and we were all ready to go home. If you ever have the chance to go to Philadelphia, go, you will be so glad you did, and if you have already been there, go back, there is so much to see! I cannot wait to return, and when I do, I’ll tell you all about what I see, and you know I’ll have my camera!!


8 Responses to “The Italian Market in Philadelphia, PA.”

  1. Coffee » Blog Archive » The Italian Market in Philadelphia, PA. Says:

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  2. Judy DeWorthinghom Says:

    Carole, I just loved reading about the market along with your photos from your visit to Philadelphia. Years ago I visited the Italian Market in South Philly, where I purchased some sweet and hot Italian sausage. It was fabulous, much more “homemade” than anything from the supermarket. As I recall, there is a “third world” vibe down there that I was glad to see has survived and flourished even in the modern age.

  3. Carole Says:

    Hi Judy. Nice to hear from you. Yes, the market does have a third world feel about it. I was just talking to my granddaughter, and that’s how I described it. It’s the best of both worlds. I agree about the sausage, it is by far the best ever!! It alone is worth the trip!

  4. tj Says:

    …Oh that looks like a wonderful time! I can’t imagine what it must of been like just to stand in that market and take in all of the sights, smells and sounds. And then the pasta! Oh my, don’t even get me started on my love of pasta! lol… ;o)

    …–”Every once in a while, we could see in the windows, being careful not to be seen peeking.”–… I laughed out loud at that sentence… I don’t think there is a woman alive who doesn’t do that! lol… :o )

    …What fun! Thank you for sharing! :o )

  5. Christine LeFever Says:

    What a lovely adventure! Pennsylvania is THE state where my husband’s people began in this country, way back when Penn himself gave land to the Huguenot LeFevres, and my husband’s great,great, five times was the very first Caucasian child born near what is now Lancaster County. His father named the town of Paradise and basically founded Lancaster County. Their family bible that was smuggled out of France in a loaf of bread is on display at the Lancaster County Museum. Philadelphia intrigues me immensely. What a lovely peek at it. Thank you Carole!


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