Isgro's Pasticceria

Isgro Pastries storefront. Image provided by Historical Society of Pennsylvania

1009 Christian Street

Italian immigrant Mario Isgro founded this family bakery in 1904. Family lore holds that Isgro learned his trade in the kitchen of a baron in Messina, Sicily, and brought his culinary skills and his family with him to Philadelphia. Isgro's is Philadelphia's oldest family-owned bakery; third-generation Augustine "Gus" Isgro is now the owner and head baker, and his son Mario is poised to take the helm.