Rite Before Christmas

Assimilation challenges tradition in South Philadelphia’s Italian-American population.

By Tara Murtha
Add Comment Add Comment | Comments: 0 | Posted Dec. 29, 2008

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In South Philly these days, where the Novenas are an indie-pop band and the baccala gets left dangling in the window, how many children sit in a noisy kitchen in a house tucked into a city block aglow with lights? How many of them will be grossed out now but lovingly tell their own kids about the eel they had at Feast time as children?

Fewer than last year, that’s for sure.

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