Bill Cosby returns to Philly for a meal, says 'we're ready' for retrial | 1/10/2018 | Staff
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What was the man once known as “America’s Dad” craving for one of his first dinners out in his hometown since his sexual assault trial last summer ended in deadlock?

Italian, it turns out.

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Bill Cosby dined Wednesday at Old City’s Ristorante La Veranda with an old friend — and a crew of publicists, reporters, and cameramen invited to document the moment.

It was a decidedly odd affair.

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Reporters were tipped off to the dinner plans of the 80-year-old entertainer. Cameramen greeted him at the curb and one of his party recorded him with a cellphone camera at the table.

Cosby told jokes over an entrée of penne and sausage in the largely empty dining room. He reminisced with his dinner companions — a childhood friend and a few publicists — about growing up at 10th and Parrish Streets, and welcomed other diners to stop by to snap selfies. But while reporters hovered awkwardly at a table nearby, the topic that drew them there remained largely off the menu.

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How are you feeling about your April retrial for the alleged assault of Andrea Constand? one reporter finally asked him after the meal. “We’re ready,” Cosby responded as he ducked into a waiting car.

La Veranda – a pricey pier-front eatery where waiters scurry past windows offering expansive views of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge – is no stranger to a celebrity clientele. Or, for that matter, diners facing a brush with the law after their bruschetta.

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It was a favorite of ex-Philly Mafia boss John Stanfa until gunmen burst into the dining room in 1992 in an infamous botched hit on a mob associate, who was working there as a pizza maker.

Former State Sen. Vincent J. Fumo also used to hold court at the restaurant — until a court of another sort sent him to...
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