When Sylvester Stallone decided to bring his favorite character back to the forefront, it seemed obvious to him to shoot again in Philadelphia, where it all began in 1976. Of course, the steps of the city museum, long nicknamed Rocky Steps, are among the places selected. In the script, Rocky now runs Adrian’s Restaurant, an establishment serving Italian specialties. Rather than commissioning the construction of studio sets, for the sake of authenticity, Sylvester Stallone requested permission to use a real restaurant.
His choice was the Victor Café, in the south end of the city, a few blocks from S Broad Street. In fact, the walls of the restaurant are decorated with pictures of famous tenors and other opera celebrities. For the purposes of the film, the production team replaces all the clichés with evocations of Rocky Balboa’s greatest fights. On the back wall is the famous painting seen in Rocky III, representing Rocky Balboa and Appolo Creed. This is the only decorative element that the Victor Café has retained.
Sylvester Stallone, who is also the director, shoots many scenes in the Victor Café, whose sign has also been replaced. The discussion between Rocky and his son also takes place just in front, at the junction where the back door leads to. A sequence that has since been considered one of the most iconic in the saga of the famous Philadelphia left-hander.
The Victor Café will receive Sylvester Stallone twice after this first shooting, for Creed and Creed 2. In 2021, while showing the new cut of Rocky IV around town, Sylvester Stallone wanted to give the patrons and staff a little surprise by returning to the Victor Café. Where the only possible knockout is the one that the delicious Italian specialties put on the taste buds.
Rocky and Adrian’s son has been played by five different actors over the course of the saga. Seargeoh Stallone, Sylvester Stallone’s first son, then still a baby, appears in Rocky II, Ian Fried plays in Rocky III, Rocky Krakoff in Rocky IV, Sage Stallone, the late actor’s second son, in Rocky V and Milo Ventimiglia closes the show in Rocky Balboa and Creed II.
The Victor Café
The Victor Café is more than just an Italian restaurant. Here, all dishes are served by singers. It is not uncommon for them to sing opera arias to the delight of the customers.
It was at the end of Prohibition, in 1933, that the Victor Café was inaugurated in a place that had once housed a gramophone store. Regularly, artists come to s... Learn more about The Victor Café
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