Alleva Dairy is not ready to say arrivederci. The beloved cheese shop in Little Italy is struggling to stay afloat as eviction proceedings aim to end its longtime neighborhood tenure. The landlord of the Grand Street shop – Jerome G. Stabile III – filed a lawsuit back in April to recover years of owed back rent. Court records indicate that the mont...

As proud Italian Americans, it is important to buy products from Italian American-owned businesses. Equally as important, it is enjoyable to pay visits to neighborhoods that are historically Italian, specifically communities that still have a significant amount of Italian American residents. The Empire State has Little Italy in Manhattan, Bensonhur...

David and Rae Marietta will preside as Re and Regina over the 56th Little Italy Festival, held annually over Labor Day Weekend. The Mariettas will officially be crowned as the new 2022 Re and Regina at the Media Dinner on Saturday evening, Aug. 20, at the Wine Garden, when they will receive the crown and scepter from the 2021 Re and Regina, Matt an...

On June 11 and 12, 2022, Little Italy of Sacramento was the scene of a two-day Little Italy Bocce Tournament event at East Portal Park. The event, hosted by the East Portal Bocce Club, drew teams from all over California. The list of teams included teams from Martinez, San Rafael, Stockton, Salinas, Pittsburgh, Antioch, Auburn, Fresno, Chico, Hunti...

Chicago has several pockets of Italian culture: the original Little Italy on Taylor Street, plus the area of West 24th Street and Oakley Avenue as well as a portion of North Harlem Avenue. NBC 5’s Food Guy Steve Dolinsky says there was also a vibrant corridor along Grand Avenue in West Town at one point. More recently, that area has been making a s...

As part of the Little Italy Historic District Project, established in October 2021, seven new Little Italy signs have been installed to mark the boundaries of Little Italy.  The colorful signs in brilliant green, white and red are a welcome addition to the area. They have been installed on poles and light posts throughout the Little Italy district....

The 98th annual Santa Lucia Festival returns to Omaha this week, as does a cherished staple: The Santa Lucia Band. The band's origins date back more than a century, as other bands including the Peter Cosentino Band and Vincent Emmanual Band merged. Some members today are third-generation, including current conductor Mike DiGiacomo.  "So many people...

It’s one of the tastiest traditions in the Ohio Valley. The Undo’s Upper Ohio Valley Italian Heritage Festival starts July 29. One special part of the festival that had gone away for a while will be back. Festival Board Member Bob Triveri says everybody asks him if Little Italy is coming back. This year, he’s happy to say yes. It won’t be in its fo...

The Alleva family opened Alleva Dairy on Grand at Mulberry St. in 1892. "It was the first Italian cheese store in America," Alleva Dairy owner Karen King said. "My husband said to me: 'Don't ever let Alleva go.'" King and her husband Johnny Cha Cha -- of Goodfellas and Sopranos fame -- bought this cheese shop from Johnny's Alleva cousins before he...

We are disappointed to report that the famous Little Italy neighborhood wall mural located at the corner of Lyell Avenue and State St on the Flat Iron Building in downtown Rochester, NY, has been vandalized. The vandalism appears to have occurred on Friday July 15th in the early morning or overnight hours. The initials "LL J" were painted on it wit...