Giuseppe Varotta, 5, disappeared on May 24, 1921. Six days later, a woman with a pleasant face and two suitcases arrived at his family’s tenement home on E. 13th St. in Little Italy. Antoinette Varotta, the missing boy’s mother, told neighbors that the woman was a cousin who had come all the way from Detroit to help with cooking, cleaning and carin...

Little Italy is likely one of the trendiest neighborhoods in San Diego. It’s crammed with posh eating places and bars. Residents pay high greenback to reside there. But it wasn’t at all times this manner. Back within the Seventies, Little Italy went by means of a interval of decline. News 8 profiled Little Italy in 1986, throughout a time when many...

On a late summer night in August, I met Debra Ente for the first time. She was adorned with pink glitter, I was adorned with splotches of red wine and marinara. We met at the Little Italy mainstay, Puglia, where Debra can be found most nights singing to throngs of recently graduated Big Ten alumni, mid-tier JPMorgan execs, New York first-timers, an...

The city will dedicate a section of Hill Street to the memory of Michael A. Esposito, beloved resident, historian and neighborhood leader in Troy’s Little Italy neighborhood who died last month, Mayor Patrick Madden said. Hill Street between Liberty and Washington Streets will be dedicated as “Esposito Way” in recognition of his life and contributi...

California became the state of migration for Italians during the Gold Rush. By the late 1890s, the number of Italians in California exceeded those in New England. By the time these Italian-Americans were able to save money from mining, they started to spread throughout California and establish homes for their families.  One area of interest was Nor...

When snow fell on my hometown in Massachusetts, kids used Flexible Flyer sleds, wooden toboggans, metal discs, rubber inner tubes, plastic dishpans and their daddies’ coal shovels to sail down the snow-covered hills. I thought I’d seen everything in the way of sledding vessels until I moved to Maryland years later and witnessed a shower curtain dep...

As anyone who grew up in Kensington, Roseland and Pullman knows, all you have to do is mention one of the many names we all loved, and the memories come flooding back. Let’s start with a walk down “The Ave” (Michigan Avenue) from 111th Street. A few of the meaningful names are Giovanni’s and Nino’s for pizza and Thom McAn’s, Bovenkirks, Malings and...

The little Italy Lodge Scholarship Foundation Board of Directors of Baltimore, Maryland has approved the following: The Scholarship Foundation will offer 6 Scholarships totaling $33,000- three named scholarships for $6,000 and 3 additional scholarships for $5,000. The 2022 Scholarship Application will be available online on January 3, 2022 at our l...

Little Italy San Jose's coordination with Google and Poor House Bistro to move this historic home to our Museum lot will be complete this Saturday! Want to thank Google for their generosity and we are very excited to be working together with Jay and the entire Poor House crew in Little Italy for many years. The new spot in Little Italy actually wil...

I was part of the Great Migration. No, not from the rural South to the auto plants of Detroit. Not from the Oklahoma Dustbowl to California. Not even from Southern Italy to Little Italy. I was part of the Italian-American migration from Brooklyn to Staten Island to New Jersey. While in Brooklyn, I lived on the fringes of Dyker Heights, so I can sta...