Beloved Port Richmond pizza chef passes away


Bar­bara Tac­con­elli was co-own­er of the award-win­ning Tac­con­elli’s Pizzer­ia; now the shop is run by her kids, who say they will carry on her leg­acy.

Bar­bara Cum­mis­key Tac­con­elli, 70, the co-own­er of Port Rich­mond’s be­loved Tac­con­elli’s Pizzer­ia, died on Dec. 22. The cause was heart fail­ure, her fam­ily said.

“She was our rock,” said Tac­con­elli’s daugh­ter-in-law, Roseanne Tac­con­elli, who was work­ing at the pizzer­ia on Fri­day morn­ing. “She was very well-loved.”

The fam­ily busi­ness is a tra­di­tion passed down since Gio­vanni Tac­con­elli came to Phil­adelphia in 1918, and after a few years, built a brick oven and went in­to busi­ness bak­ing bread, later switch­ing over to pizza pies.

Tac­con­elli, a Port Rich­mond nat­ive, mar­ried hus­band Vin­cent Tac­con­elli when she was 16, and they ran the pizzer­ia for 44 years, be­fore re­tir­ing in 2002 and turn­ing the busi­ness over to their chil­dren.

A neigh­bor­hood land­mark loc­ated at Somer­set and Al­mond streets, Tac­con­elli’s also earned sev­er­al nods for the qual­ity of its pizza pies from pub­lic­a­tions like Phil­adelphia Magazine, The Phildelphia In­quirer and the Phil­adelphia Daily News

It even sur­vived a sev­en-month re­build­ing of the brick oven.

Roseanne Tac­con­elli said the out­pour­ing of sup­port from the com­munity has in­cluded let­ters and phone calls from across the coun­try. Ser­vices at Cas­sizzi Fu­ner­al Home and the Moth­er of Di­vine Grace Church were filled to ca­pa­city, she said.

“It’s just un­real, the love and sup­port from the mail that we’re get­ting here has been un­be­liev­able,” Roseanne said.

Roseanne said that these days her hus­band, John Tac­con­elli, and his sis­ter Dina, run the pizzer­ia.

“We gotta carry it on, that’s what she wanted,” Roseanne said. “She taught me everything that I know. She passed the pizza cut­ter on.”

Re­port­er Sam Ne­w­house can be reached at 215-354-3124 or at sne­w­

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