Sun January 5, 2014
Pasta, Pesci, and Puccini at The Victor Cafe
Cities beyond Philadelphia may have restaurants with operatic themes and even singing servers, but how many are the outgrowth of a gramophone shop? The walls of The Victor Cafe are full of reminders of a time when recording artists signed autographs at the shop or came in to sing.
The Italian neighborhood of South Philly was the venue for the late John DiStefano to build on his love and knowledge of opera. He opened his Victor record shop in 1918. And as time passed, The Victor Cafe was born - a place where opera still abounds.