5/25/2012 10:03:00 AM

Ralph’s in Italian Market Now America’s Oldest Restaurant

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With this week’s shuttering of San Francisco’s 126-year-old Fior D’Italia, the title of “America’s Oldest Restaurant” now belongs to a Philadelphia institution. Ralph’s has been holding it down on Ninth Street in the Italian market for 112 years, and is still owned and operated by the founding family. Current manager Ryan Rubino, whose great-great-grandparents Francesco and Catherine Dispigno launched the classic Italian at the turn of the century, told the Philadelphia Daily News that a celebration was planned, but only after a respectful mourning period - turns out, the cross-country establishments had a very amicable relationship.

Though Fior D’Italia cited “the economy” as the reason for its closure, there doesn’t look to be any need to worry about Ralph’s going the same way. Though the meals are just as red-gravy-traditional as ever, the restaurant has embraced modern marketing tactics, with a Twitter account, Facebook page, and even a popular Groupon campaign. Viva la Philadelphia!


  1. I used to work for Ralph’s Produce Warehouse and in the 70′s I had a guy break my back by moving a pallet jack that I was holding up to keep Two Sugar Pallets with cages housing melons from falling off the dock when I was a dock store loader of Truck Trailers at the Alameda Warehouse in Los Angeles California's Produce Warehouse. I was Fired from the store chain after being harassed to go back to work. I saw the picture of the guy that did this to me on the web. He was arrested in a sting operation running a child pornography ring that had 400,000 (Four hundred thousand) pictures of children having sex with children/adults heck I don't know exactly what the pictures were of because they try to say on golden pond is child porn but I find it interesting that he wanted me dead so bad and wonder just how much he knew at the time. I still today know why sex laws are being used by our government and all the people involved in the coverup that runs right up to the top level of or government. Ralph’s know's some of this in their PR office in Compton CA. and are still silent to the issues. You tell them I am still coming for them and will not stop addressing the facts that no group can make people who do not want to give them money for their approval give them money because that is the definition of extortion. Sex Laws are nothing more than murder and political prisoner are being made by these groups who in fact will murder their own children to make a law that only causes inequality. If we want equality between sexes, sex laws must end. read my blog at sosunite.blogspot.com

    He used to ride around the dock at ease getting the best stores to load and time to do little more than read the bible to others who would listen to him, never being without it. He was obnoxious telling everyone what sinners they were and had a special hard on for me because I got the worst stores to load and still pulled extremely high numbers so the administration pulled my job and put me on a special assignment of mushrooms, strawberries, ginger, called the gourmet department and such work was conducted mostly on the dock near the doors where the wind would whistle through between the trailers or building orders which was all in the freezer unites and loading the melons, watermelons, banana squash and such kind of extremely heavy lifting setting me up for the fall when like four tons of watermelons fell on me when this guy wrenched the Jack well loading one of the trailers near the flower station. Gourmet was loaded on each truck in over a hundred trucks each night, six days a week. Ralph’s has a long history of abusing the employees. So these administration bozo’s fired me and kept the bible thumper and if you read my blog you will understand the political nature of the LBGT movement and why when you go to a Ralph’s you have women who swam the isles to get men arrested for brushing against them, men willing to make arrests for what is deemed unsocial behavior and how money is the driving factor, and they are driving angry, if you have not seen what those clowns did to Mrs. Tequila at a concert its a good search. Even in the 50′s Marilyn Monroe hated to wear anything. I met a man who would break out in boils to wear a shirt. When I was in France the TV was great and the shows were not like in the USA. I was so embarrassed by Will Smith when he hit a man for creating him in a photo shoot, clearly just by looking at him he did not seem out of place in his country. And the USA has become a very violent place since people are being kept for having sex.

    1. Completely unrelated to this blog and restaurant. Can this be taken down immediately?

  2. I think you talking about the wrong Ralph's dude...sorry for your troubles though...