The restaurants residing in Little Italy – all mostly family-owned and delicious – take up space in just a few blocks' radius in Baltimore City. None, however, are so sweet as Vaccaro’s – Little Italy’s only bakery. Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop was opened by Gioacchino Vaccaro in 1956 as a way to share the recipes he had brought with him from Pale...

With the traditional vacation month about to begin, my thoughts turn to June trips, ones both from my childhood back to Boston, my father’s homeland, and also from the buddy road trips I’ve taken to see baseball in cities like Chicago, Baltimore and New York. On one such trip in 1988, I grabbed a former teaching colleague of mine, John Williams, an...

LA's Little Italy is a neighborhood undergoing change. From corporate stores to hipster salons, foreign food trucks to gay bars. "Little Italy, Los Angeles" follows the interconnected lives of the community's diverse residents, led by its last original Italian, Frank the Barber, as they learn to adapt to its' inevitable transformation. Winner of Be...

It’s been more than a century and one community in Rochester has officially gotten the recognition it has been pushing for. On Sunday, the city of Rochester recognized the Little Italy Historic District. The Lyell Avenue area has been home to many Italian immigrants, families, and businesses. The Little Italy Association says it hopes this will hel...

The news stories report that Sunday February 7, 1904, was a brutally cold and windy day. In Baltimore, a single spark was destined to change the face of the city forever. That spark ignited a blaze in the warehouse of the John W. Hurst Company at German (now Redwood) and Sharp Streets. Shortly after 11 AM, the building was engulfed in flames. By no...

One doesn’t have to stroll far along the streets of Poughkeepsie’s Mount Carmel Little Italy district to come across a bakery or restaurant that reaches back into the century-old culinary traditions brought to the Hudson Valley by Italian emigrants. The Poughkeepsie waterfront saw an influx of émigrés in 1910, who settled around Our Lady of Mt. Car...

San Diego's Little Italy is home to a vibrant Italian-American community. It's an historic neighborhood where San Diegans can experience the passion and artistry that inspires the Italian-American experience. Now, San Diego residents and visitors can immerse themselves in the history of where the San Diego Italian-American experience began. Convivi...

A rush of Italian culture, aromas, music and traditions will soon overtake the country’s oldest outdoor market. That’s right: South Philly’s 9th Street Italian Market Festival — a two-day, eight-block enduring celebration — will take place on May 18 and 19 from Fitzwater to Wharton Streets. Tens of thousands of people will flood the historic corrid...

It was an amazing achievement, we can say in retrospect – the construction and decoration of so many splendid Catholic churches between 1830 and 1940 throughout New York City and its surroundings. Italian churches occupy a special place here. Relative latecomers to the church building movement , the Italian immigrants succeeded in crafting a series...