2014’s Top Restaurant Stories

South Philly has been gaining steam for years as the go-to spot for dining in the city, but this year, the neighborhood’s establishments have gained even more attention on the restaurant scene. 2014 was a great year for restaurants, but 2015 is sure to bring some more great food our way.

<i> Lo Spiedo opened in the Navy Yard this fall. <i>
Lo Spiedo opened in the Navy Yard this fall.

Here’s a look at the Passyunk Post’s top restaurant stories of last year.

Italiano’s Water Ice reopens

Pictures came from that helpful neighbor

Italiano’s had taken the summer of 2013 off, leaving many South Philadelphians without their favorite water ice fix. In May they reopened, just in time to help beat the summer heat.

The owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan Bing Bing Dim Sum

The ceilings of the new restaurant being painted gold

Bing Bing Dim Sum should be opening any week now (they had hoped for September, originally), so be sure to keep checking back for updates. Check out the progress that has been made on the new restaurant coming to E. Passyunk Ave. 

Hawthorne’s seriously damaged in fire, set to reopen in 2015


In February Hawthorne’s was seriously damaged in a fire. Now, the beer takeout/cafe is set to reopen bigger and better than ever with an even better beer selection—and even beer delivery.

South Philly Happy Hour guide


This guide can give you a tour of the best Happy Hour deals at more than 40 bars across South Philly. Who doesn’t love a good Happy Hour? 

Gennaro’s Tomato Pie moving to E. Passyunk Ave.

Gennaro's sign

This year was a big one for Gennaro’s.  Thrillist named their pizza the best in the state, and they’re planning on opening up shop on E. Passyunk Ave. in the former location of Da Vinci Ristorante. in “mid-2015.” Here’s to another year of great pizza.

South Philly dominates “Top 50 Restaurants” list


On Zagat’s list of the 50 best restaurants in the city, Bibou, Fond, Noord, Serpico and quite a few others down south ranked among them. In fact, about 30 percent of the list is made up of South Philly establishments. Not too shabby, huh?