Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Fiorella's Sausage on 817 Christian Street does not appear to be an ordinary sausage shop. The antique cash register and the pictures on the wall give the store a softer feel. In fact, the only indication that the store sells sausage is the neon pig on the front window.
Fiorella's Sausage has been in the family for over 100 years. Dan Fiorella, who is the fourth generation owner, is proud of his ancestors.
"That's my great-grandfather on the wall, Luigi Fiorella. He came to this country by himself, knowing no one when he was 19 years old, and he opened this shop. Can you imagine that?" he says.
Dan took over in 1966 after he graduated high school. He eventually married, and his wife has joined him in the shop ever since.
They have had several notable customers throughout the years. An autographed picture of the late Harry Kalas hangs on the wall, as well as a signed bobbing head doll of John Chaney.
Dan is unsure of what will happen with the shop once he can no longer work at the store. He says he does not have any children that could feasibly take over in the near future. However, he has hope that things will work out for the best.
Stephanie Wharton and Danielle Zimmerman, Group 34, South Philadelphia
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