"I'm Ray Alcaraz in Little Italy, Baltimore. If you were born and raised here, you're here, this is it, this is you. Little Italy becomes a part of you. And generations are raised here, where if you were within the nine square blocks of Little Italy, you were home, you were safe.   If we were three or four blocks away from home as kids, and...

By Kevin Litten Restaurateurs in Baltimore and beyond should take note: Little Italy these days is offering a ripe opportunity.The news on Monday that Caesar's Den is closing brings the total number of vacant Little Italy restaurants to five raises the important question of what will emerge to take their space. But in my mind, the question is less...

I had one of those soul-satisfying, I-love-Baltimore nights a few Saturdays back at Cafe Gia Ristorante, a colorful, cheerful and satisfying Italian restaurant on the corner of High Street and Eastern Avenue. We showed up for early dinner reservations and were whisked right upstairs to the narrow second-floor balcony, which was pretty darn magical...

Little Italy Bocce League donated $1,500 to Saint Leo's Church during the November 17 Bocce Banquet held at the Little Italy Lodge. Pictured: Sal Spinnato, Sal Petti, Bob Zelkoski, Father Bernie Carman (pastor), Fran Blattermann, Giovanna Blattermann.   Food from these Little Italy restaurants (and others) was donated: Amiccis, Chiapparelli'...

One of Little Italy's more popular events sponsored by the Original Little Italy Restaurant Association, the Open Air Film Fest has thrived since 1999! Movies are projected onto the outside wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant in the Da Mimmo Ristorante parking lot from a rowhome across the street, at the kindness of its owner. Ray Lancelotta, nephew of t...

In the nearly two years since a steering committee established the Little Italy Property Owners Association (LIPOA), much change and much good has been accomplished for The Neighborhood. "So many took the risk of getting involved," said its president Mel Stachura, a resident. "And it is working!"   Stachura said LIPOA has, in many ways, chan...

Fifteen students from St. Paul School for Boys in Lutherville recently toured Little Italy, including stops at St. Leo's Church, Columbus Piazza, Piedigrotta Bakery, and neighborhood murals. "Our purpose for this project was to learn about ethnic Baltimore; these 15 boys chose to explore Little Italy," said Rick Brocato, teacher.   At Piedig...

History Press, a traditional book publisher of local and regional history, has contacted the Promotion Center for Little Italy in the hopes of finding a writer who is an integral part of the Little Italy community to pen a book on the history of the neighborhood. They seek an historian/author and are open to first-time authors.   "Hopefully...

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Due fratelli italiani, Angelo e Roberto Giambra, trasferiti da Torino negli Stati Uniti nel 1996, stanno facendo parlare di loro in questi giorni per una iniziativa molto particolare: stanno pedalando attraverso tutta la costa orientale con strumenti musicali a bordo, esibendosi in varie città e paesi.