Most Italian Americans came from southern Italy and settled in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia, which has the second-largest Italian population in the United States. Today, Italian Americans who stayed in South Philly have built on generations of Italian-run businesses — there are Italian shops, private clubs, bakeries, and restaurants that have been operated by the same families for close to a century, if not longer. But there are also Italian Americans who are exploring their heritage and culinary traditions in different ways, experimenting with dishes, local Pennsylvanian ingredients, and the parts of their cuisine that mean the most to them.
Watch “Philadelphia” from Season 2 of No Passport Required, hosted by chef Marcus Samuelsson, here. And in this map, find the places Samuelsson visits in the episode.
Note: Since filming, Paradiso and Tre Scalini have closed.Read More