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Gleaming, Or How A Kitchen Should Look

March 5, 2012 | by Nathaniel Popkin

Look at the size of the wisks! Behind the scenes at Termini Bakery | Photo: Nathaniel Popkin

They’re pleased to give behind-the-scenes tours at Termini Brothers Bakery on South Eighth Street in South Philly. They use founder Joseph’s original butcher block–which he bought used in the 1930s–original mixers, original wrought iron cake turnstiles…in part at least because they are crazy for clean. They’re also crazy for the original recipes, which Joseph, who died at 95 in 1994, brought from Enna, in the center of Sicily.

All the Termini pastries–for the flagship and their stores on Packer Avenue, in the Reading Terminal and the Comcast Center–are made here. The place is as it’s been since the 1930s when the Termini Brothers moved from their original location across the street (now a cafe): hand made cabinets, pressed tin, and tile floor. It’s about as close and you can come to the Old World.

Termini has been recognized this year by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia for the restoration of the bakery’s stainless steel facade.


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Nathaniel Popkin Nathaniel Popkin is co-founder of the Hidden City Daily and author of three books of non-fiction, including Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City (with Peter Woodall and Joseph E.B. Elliott) and two novels, Everything is Borrowed and Lion and Leopard. He is co-editor of Who Will Speak for America, an anthology forthcoming in June 2018, and the senior writer of the film documentary "Philadelphia: The Great Experiment."

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