Rite Before Christmas

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

By Tara Murtha
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To make up for the decline in fresh fish sales, Ippolito’s has increased their ready-made fish offerings. They’re now selling items such as strips of breaded flounder, mushroom caps piled with two inches of crabmeat and littleneck clams casino filled with chopped bits of bacon and vegetables.

From behind the register, Aunt Connie sighs, “No one cooks anymore.”

“It’s like your Italian,” Anthony shrugs. “You don’t speak it, you lose it.”



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