Flyers and Sixers fans can get freakishly enormous slices of pizza at the Wells Fargo Center this season, but they’re not from longtime vendor Lorenzo’s. They can also get cheesesteaks, but not from Campo’s Deli. Those who want to wash down their food with a cup of Rita’s water ice are out of luck.
Lorenzo & Sons, Campo’s Deli, and Rita’s Ice did not resume their partnership with the Wells Fargo Center, as it reopened in March after a yearlong COVID-19 shutdown, a center spokesperson confirmed.
The center’s vendors pay the arena for the rights to sell, striking various agreements covering operation, promotion, and profits, the spokesperson acknowledged. The food stands are staffed by Aramark, the area’s concessionaire, as they have been since the arena opened in 1996.
With the building’s capacity limited by law, the food options have been reduced.
Lorenzo’s, which grew famous on South Street for its 28-inch pizzas, had started at the center in 2013. On Monday, the signs above its four stands were covered in black drape. Aramark has overseen the production of equally huge pizzas since the reopening.
The three Rita’s stands, a local summertime icon that joined the center in 2016, are idle.
Lorenzo’s owner Giuseppe Pulizzi declined a request for comment. A representative of Rita’s did not return a message seeking comment. Denise Campo, an owner of Campo’s, confirmed that the business no longer had a stand at the center; it is still a longtime vendor at Citizens Bank Park.
A center spokesperson said the company made it a priority to use local food companies at the arena, and counted Chickie’s & Pete’s, Jack & Jill, Dietz & Watson, J&J Snacks, Herr’s, Liscio’s, and Federal Donuts among its roster. Several other local brands are in talks to take space at the center, the spokesperson said.