Giuliani, Cheesesteaks, Vento And The Media Blitz

Aw man. It’s the perfect collision of food, politics and current events. Geno’s Steaks owner Joey Vento just appeared on Fox News to give his official endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for President.

Which is well and good. He didn’t publicly embarass himself on Fox News. Just seemed like your typical ornery South Philly grandpa (which is a good thing). However, he came off a bit worse for the wear when The New Republic stopped by Geno’s (yes, really):


A born showman, Vento mugged for the cameras all the while. He told a reporter that Mexicans carry disease into the U.S. because they “play and drink out of the same water.” […] In interviews, Vento has maintained that his own ancestors were disadvantaged because no one ever forced them to learn English on arrival from Italy. A veteran big-city pol like Giuliani might well have admired his ability to waltz from white ethnic griping to high-minded public policy reasoning. A little staff work, though, ought to have demonstrated that Vento was more than just another simple restaurateur with his mind helpfully focused on integrating non-English speaking immigrants into the modern U.S. economy. They might, for instance, have simply checked out his arm, which has a tattoo of the confederate flag. Vento says it’s an homage to the old cartoon character Johnny Yuma, the rebel. He must have liked that show a lot, because he also had the flag on several of the Harley-Davidsons he keeps across the street from his restaurant.

Countdown to obligatory media outrage in 5…4…3…2…

Aw man. It’s the perfect collision of food, politics and current events. Geno’s Steaks owner Joey Vento just appeared on Fox News to give his official endorsement of Rudy Giuliani for President.

Giuliani, Cheesesteaks, Vento And The Media Blitz