We all have a place…a place that cheers us up no matter what may have brought us down on a particular day. While I regularly walk for mental clarity, there is a place that makes me ‘perk up’ a bit when I’m having a not so bright day…and that place, is Fante’s Kitchen Wares.
Fante‘s is a home cook’s paradise in the heart of the Italian Market in Philadelphia. They have absolutely everything you could possibly need for your home kitchen (and then some!). They opened their doors in 1906 when Italian immigrants Luigi L. Fante, Sr. and his father Domenico Fante, a stone mason, founded Fante’s.
You walk in, and the friendly staff is very welcoming (but not overbearing). Make a right turn, following the decadent smell of coffee, and you will run into an in house coffee bar. Their cafe au lait is to die for. And at only $1.00 for an 8oz cup, it makes it the best deal in the city. They also have glorious chocolate covered espresso bean turn-dial machines. You know the kind that you would place a quarter in for a gumball when you were little? Only this time, the reward it much more sophisticated.
Head back into the main room and you see a beautiful assortment of copper cookware (for the lush) and stainless steel (for the realist).
The next room could be defined as ‘accessories’; Microplanes, Measuring devices, and Mandolins, oh my! It may look like organized chaos, but trust me, every top of the line brand you want is here.
Up the ramp we go to the top floor. Some may say, this is the most impressive. I will admit, a great many paychecks have lost some very good men in this room… the baking and serving room.
First, a wide variety of baking pans, molds, and dishes. Everything from classic 8inch round cake pans to Canale molds. They also carry a variety of flours, flavorings, icing tins, fondant…you name it. I assure you, if you can think of it, Fante’s will deliver.
This store is nothing short of magical! If you love cooking, baking, or just the concept of either, you will enjoy this store.
Check it out for yourself:
1006 S. 9th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19147-4798
$ Very Appropriately Priced