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She’s everyone’s favorite aunt — and we were lucky enough to get few minutes of her time after her second shift at the grocery store. We were curious … what does Aunt Mary Pat Disabatino like to eat? Read on as she keeps it real and dishes on four of her favorite Delco haunts.
Destination Delco: Thanks so much for squeezing us in after a long work shift. How are you doing?
Aunt Mary Pat: At least it wasn’t a 12-hour. Those are the worst. What can I do you for, hun?
DD: Why do you like to go out to eat in Delco?
AMP: Simple: There are so many hidden gems to eat at in Delco. And I hate cooking, like, 75 percent of the time, so I love going out to eat. The eats are so good in Delco!
DD: How often do you go out to eat?
AMP: Me and Uncle Lar usually eat out six days a week. Now that the kids are gone, we like getting out.
DD: We know you love the Birds. What’s your favorite nosh when those Iggles are playing?
AMP: Well, youse all know I love my wings and nachos. You gotta have something to chew on, cuz sometimes those games are nail-biters! P.J.’s in Newtown Square has the best bites and something for everyone — even those fancy-dancy craft beers that my son, Paulie, loves.
DD: You’re really busy taking care of your daughter, Kelly, shopping at Kohl’s … so many things! Where do you grab a bite on the run?
AMP: DiConstanza in Marcus Hook, hun! Quick service, always delicious, best hoagies around. Didja know there’s a rumor the hoagie was invented at DiCostanza like 90 years ago? That’s right, hun — here in Delco.
DD: Where do you go for special occasions?
AMP: Whether it’s Valentime’s Day, or me and Uncle Lar’s anniversary, or even a birfday, we get a little dressed up and go to The Porch at The Lamb — right, Springfield? It’s a beautyful place. I can have my fancy-dancy French onion soup and lobster ravioli and Uncle Lar can get his cheesesteak egg rolls and fish and chips. Don’t forget dessert — no complainin’!
DD: What’s something that’s totally Delco that should be on everyone’s bucket list?
AMP: Youse guys gotta try Pica’s in Upper Darby! It’s a Delco staple. Rectangle pizza, sauce on top, hun. Yup, the cheese is under the sauce. Crispy on the edges, too. There’s nothin’ like it!
DD: Any other aunty advice?
AMP: Eat local, hun. Our small businesses are the best. You can keep your city restaurants. I don’t care what nobody says: The best food is in Delco!