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Old 11-30-2018, 05:47 PM
 
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What suburban neighborhoods are highly populated with Italians? I’m looking to move to Pennsylvania for a change and would like to be near Italian markets and pastry shops and restaurants. It would also be nice to be in friendly neighborhoods. Thank you
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Old 12-01-2018, 02:14 PM
 
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We accept we are Pennsylvania's second city, but by no means are we a suburb of Philadelphia!

Wrong forum, BellaCurto!
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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What suburban neighborhoods are highly populated with Italians? I’m looking to move to Pennsylvania for a change and would like to be near Italian markets and pastry shops and restaurants. It would also be nice to be in friendly neighborhoods. Thank you
If you want to go a little farther north than "Philly Suburbs" you might try Roseto in Northampton County.
It's not quite as Italian as it used to be, but you can still get tomato pie, guanciale, and other items that the general public has never heard of.


At one time in the early 1960's Roseto was such a close-knit Italian community with such low rates of heart disease that they caught the eye of medical researchers. After studying the diet and habits of the residents the phrase "Roseto effect" was coined to explain how tightly knit communities are beneficial to people's overall health. Sadly, modernity slowly leeched into Roseto and the rates of heart disease are now indistinguishable from national averages.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roseto_effect
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Old 12-03-2018, 08:52 AM
 
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Old Forge in Lackawanna County.
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Old 12-04-2018, 10:37 AM
 
Location: Shawnee-on-Delaware, PA
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Old Forge in Lackawanna County.

And they call it "pizza". Madonna!
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Old 12-07-2018, 10:12 AM
 
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Conshohocken still has a sizeable Italian-American population. Ardmore does as well, although to a lesser degree. Norristown as well, but it's not the greatest area (the "downtown" area, anyway).

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Old 12-09-2018, 11:55 AM
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Location: Marshall-Shadeland, Pittsburgh, PA
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Old Forge in Lackawanna County.
Old Forge is not a suburb of Philadelphia. It is a suburb of Scranton.
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Old 12-10-2018, 09:26 AM
 
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You learn something new every day.
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Old 12-16-2018, 07:52 PM
 
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South Jersey has the bulk of suburban Philly Italians-many moved there from South Philly, especially Washington Township. In PA there are many all over Montgomery and Delaware County.
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Old 12-17-2018, 09:42 PM
 
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I grew up in Norristown, which had a large population of Italian immigrants -- many from Sciacca, Sicily. They may not live in the downtown area anymore but they still live in the area. Now granted, I've been in FL for five years but as far as I know, Holy Saviour is still an active Italian parish and still has its annual Feast....with yummy pork sandwiches and fried dough (which is NOT the same as funnel cake!). There are still many Italian bakeries, Corropolese being famous for its tomato pie. And Norristown is home of the "zep", which even Philly Italians don't have. It warms my heart to see that Lou's on East Main Street is still open....we used to hang "on the corner" there back in the 60s, which is how I learned about zeps. And I loved those Italian boys!
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