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Watch: Marcus Samuelsson Tours Philadelphia’s Historical Italian Scene

This week, Marcus dives head-first into the red-sauce Italian-American delights of South Philly

Marcus Samuelsson and Franca DiRenzo inside DiRenzo’s restaurant Tre Scalini.
Rebecca McAlpin

On the fourth episode of No Passport Required Season 2, host Marcus Samuelsson heads to Philadelphia, where he meets friends new and old and learns more about the city’s Italian food scene. From the Di Bruno Brothers shop in the century-old Italian Market to the chefs who are now bringing more regional cooking to the U.S. and to showcase their hometown flavors, this episode has everything from pizza to cannolis, with plenty of red sauce, burrata, and handmade pasta in between.


Additional episodes: Each hour-long episode focuses on a different immigrant community in a new city: In addition to Philadelphia, the series travels to Seattle, where Marcus cooks with a Filipino community eager to preserve its food traditions while using key ingredients like ube and vinegar to create new ones; Los Angeles, home to the largest Armenian community outside of Armenia; and Houston, home to one of the highest numbers of West African expatriates of any U.S. city. Other episodes focus on the Chinese-American community in Las Vegas (February 10), which has grown tremendously over the last 20 years, and Boston (February 17), where Marcus explores Portuguese-speaking cultures and cuisines from three different locales: Brazil, Cape Verde, and Portugal. The episodes air weekly on PBS, and all are now available for streaming.

Missed Season 1? Stream full episodes from the entire first season now, or check out recaps and more intel on No Passport Required here.

Online and on social: Tag @eater, @pbs, and #NoPassRequiredPBS if you share clips, pictures, or quotes from the show. Check back on Eater Philly tomorrow to see a map of the restaurants featured in the episode, and head to PBS to learn more about the show, find character bios, and get recipes to cook at home.


No Passport Required is produced for PBS by Eater and Vox Media Studios, part of Vox Media. Stream full episodes on Eater and PBS, or check local listings. Get more information on the show at pbs.org/nopassrequired.

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