Arkansas is steeped in history, natural beauty and southern hospitality.  It is (you would think) one of the last places in America where residents from, fourth, fifth and sixth generations can trace their lineage back to Italy.  One location in Arkansas where Italian immigrants were brought over to work on a cotton plantation circa 1895 was Sunnys...

I may be wrong, and I ask our readers to help me if so, but there is no such thing as a town called "Little Italy" in the United States. There are, of course, many neighborhoods called Little Italy in different American cities, officially or not. But a city officially called Little Italy, to my knowledge, does not exist. Today our interview guests...

Greetings friends of Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society and Museum!  Please join me in planning towards the celebration of our Lord and Savior’s birth, by reviving the Christmas traditions that built “community” in Little Italy.  For those of us who spent our younger years in Little Italy during Christmas, we recall fondly the magic that came a...

October 12 2020 Roma, Italy / The United States

Little Rock's exploration of a new sister city relationship with Sicily's capital kicked off Friday with a delegation from Palermo visiting the city. The group -- which included an artist, a fashion designer, a tour operator and a chef from Palermo, Italy -- arrived in Arkansas' capital this week to take part in events centered on food and friendsh...

Ciao, amici! In today’s digital-first "Exploring Arkansas" segment, we’re heading out to the foothills of the Ouachita mountains — a place that reminded its founders of their homeland so much that they eventually called it Little Italy, Arkansas. Watch with us as we find out how the descendants of Joseph and Maria Belotti are working to keep the co...

Arkansas-made wine, authentic Italian food and a look back in time at a cultural gem just west of Little Rock is how you can spend your Sunday at the grand opening of the Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Museum on September 15. The brought along the following historical items on Good Afternoon Arkansas: Immigration Inspection Card from Ellis Island (...

The Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Society will host a grand opening of its new museum in northwestern Pulaski County (33615 Highway 300, Roland, Arkansas 72135) on Sunday, September 15 from 12-5 p.m. The event will include guided tours, live music, authentic Italian foods and refreshments from Little Italy's only operating winery, An Enchanting Ev...

Little Italy, Arkansas, which is about 20 minutes from Little Rock, has an interesting tale regarding its part in Arkansas history. The Little Italy Arkansas Heritage Museum tells the story of this pioneering community first established as Alta Villa, the “high place,” by Italian immigrants in 1915. “Little Italy is unique in that it is Central Ark...

Documentarian Matteo Zengaro ’19 received an Arkansas Traveler Certificate for helping preserve Italian-American culture in the Delta through his short films, “Con Gusto!” and “I Sopravvissuti,” at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock to kick off the second annual Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, held in late April at the Clinton Pr...