Pasta-tively delicious: Italian markets in Metro Detroit

Dec 27, 2016 411

by David Sands

Want to whip up some linguini covered with some amazing marinara sauce for an unforgettable Thursday evening meal? Looking for that jaw-dropping slice of pizza that'll absolutely blow your mind? Nearly everybody's familiar with the more famous staples of Italian cuisine like pasta and pizza; and there's a reason for that: Italian-Americans are well established in our region nowadays. But that wasn't always the case.

As a group, they were slow to get a foothold in the Detroit area. In 1900, there were only a few hundred Italian-Americans in Detroit, clustered in what we today refer to as the city's Eastern Market and Greektown neighborhoods. As a matter of fact, at the turn of the 20th century, there were only a few thousand of them living in the entire region.

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