Go ready to go behind the scenes with Marc Vetri, Palizzi Social Club’s Joey Baldino, and the family behind the 120-year-old Ralph’s. Tonight, Philly’s Italian food scene will be the star on Eater’s PBS show, No Passport Required with host Marcus Samuelsson. The show, now in its second season, explores immigrant traditions and cuisines across the U.S.
Chef Samuelsson and the No Passport Required crew bounced around Philly cooking, eating, and learning the secret to top-notch cannoli at local restaurants, bakeries, and cheese shops. The episode features historic Philly icons like the original Italian Market location of Di Bruno Bros., the century-old Termini Bros. Bakery, and Ralph’s, said to be oldest Italian restaurant in the country.
Sameulsson is allowed entry into the members-only Palizzi Social Club, and learns some pasta-making tricks from star chef Marc Vetri at his landmark Vetri Cucina. He also spends time at East Passyunk Avenue’s Le Virtu, which highlights the cuisine of Italy’s Abruzzo region, and Northern Liberties pizza shop Spuntino, along with Tre Scalini and Paradiso which, sadly, both closed last year. It’s all tied together with the rich culinary and cultural history of the Italian experience in Philadelphia.
Now in its second season, No Passport Required features episodes filmed in Philly, Seattle, Los Angeles, Houston, Las Vegas, and Boston, each focusing on a different immigrant community and cuisine. Watch the full Philly episode on PBS tonight at 9 p.m., and check out a clip below.