Italian for "beautiful sight", Bella Vista is one of the most popular neighborhoods in Philadelphia. Annual festivals in the neighborhood include the Italian Market Festival and the Bella Vista Festival of the Arts. Cultural events in Bella Vista are centered around public concerts, coffeehouses, the Mew Gallery, and Fleischer Art Memorial.  Only a short walk from Queen Village, Washington Square, Pennsport, and East Passyunk, Bella Vista a perfect destination for anyone who wants to be close to the hustle and bustle of Center City but wants a little more of a neighborhoody feel.

Bella Vista’s Triangle Park Project

The tri-junction where Christian, Passayunk and Christian Streets meet is home to one of the tiniest green expanses you will see in the city. But you know what they say: good things come in small . . . park sizes. Triangle Park (the name this strip has been gifted with) in Bella Vista is maintained by an organization known as Friends of Triangle Park (FOTP) who have big prospects for this little tuft of land. […]


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Little Jazz Bar “Replaces” Vesuvio

Don’t be fooled by the old sign still hanging over 736 South 8th Street. Vesuvio is long gone; replaced by a much sexier, and more interesting relative: Little Bar. Over the years, owner and manager Mike D’Addesi has given the building several modifications. Originally an Italian fine dining restaurant, Vesuvio was converted into a successful sports bar when the economy went through a recession. This allowed the extra space on the second floor free to host […]


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Hit List: We Found Something We Liked For Less Than $6M

Renovated in 2006, the Queen Village three-bedroom at 917 S. Sixth Street had two decks, a yard, high ceilings, crown molding work, marble-tiled bathrooms, gas fireplace and finished basement with bar all for $500K. (See? we can still find homes that are cool and not in the seven digits!) Great idea with the built-in shelving above the closets in the bedroom (smart storage idea), but we find the vent over the door molding a bit messy. […]


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Hit List: An Actually Well-Lit Home Built By Someone Who Is Actually Thinking

The extra-wide homes for sale (Coldwell Banker) on 13th Street have everything you would expect from a $649,900 price tag: one-car deeded indoor parking (the only place the PPA can’t find you), 660-square-foot roof deck, breakfast bar, walk-in closets and walk-in shower. In real estate, we always see the phrase natural light in listings, but these homes actually do feature the most windows we’ve ever seen in a listing (unless the photos were just taken […]


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Hot Diggity Respecting The Dog

Only a week ago we wrote our confused post about Hot Diggity coming to 630 South Street. That same day, CityPaper went and got the deets on Keith Garabedian’s chef-d’oeuvre. We’re picking up the baton again to bring our Naked readers some more juicy beef from our run-in with Garabedian, who is excited to be the first person (our words, not his) to bring a true hot dog brick-and-mortar spot to the sixth most hot-dog-consuming city in […]


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Ice Cream Parlor Possibly Opening Across From Royal Tavern

Dominic Aspite has been busy applying for zoning permits and is now working for the owner of the current garage at 932 E. Passyunk Avenue, Peter Larosa. If all goes according to plan, this spot across from Royal Tavern, directly next to Napoli Pizza‘s parking lot, will be home to a brand-new ice cream parlor with seating. John’s Water Ice is right around the corner and there’s a sad excuse for an “ice cream” business at 514 South […]


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James Moving Locations And Taking A Step Away From Fine Dining

We’d like to tell you that Jim and Kristina Burke—-the culinary couple behind the Bella Vista restaurant James—-are moving their restaurant to a larger space in order to accommodate all their accolades and awards, but, sadly, this is not the case. When we spoke with Jim about his restaurant on Eighth Street, he had a slight gloom in his voice as he told us they are moving on once their lease expires in the beginning of June. […]


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Paesano’s Plays Italian Market Musical Chairs

The new BYO from Modo Mio’s Peter McAndrews, Monsu, took over Paesano’s 1257-square-foot location at 901 Christian Street (leased from Midwood Management) for about, according to Zillow, $1900 monthly. Cash-only Paesano’s will still be in full force right down the block at its new digs, the 1400-square-foot retail space at 1017 S. Ninth Street that was last listed for $1200. With Sunday-favorite Sabrina’s across the street, it was no wonder Butcher’s Café couldn’t survive. We […]


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Bella Vista: The Street The Plows Forgot

Tipster “Rick” reports that the 1700 block of S. Iseminger Street has not been plowed once during this Snowpocalypse. We’re sure the neighbors digging out their cars and throwing the excess snow in the street doesn’t help (police officers not excluded). Just so you know, the city mandates residents and business owners shovel a minimum 36-inch-wide path on the sidewalk in front of their properties within six hours of a snowstorm.


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