Little Italy lost its patriarch today. John Dal Santo passed away this morning. He turned 99 years old yesterday. He was an extraordinary man and anyone who ever met him was drawn to his magnificent generosity and gift of storytelling. Born in Caltrano, Italy, March 29, 1920, he immigrated to the US in 1930. In 1941 he travelled to Little Italy wit...

In 1905, Angelo Brocato Sr. opened a sweet shop in a section of the French Quarter known as Little Palermo. Brocato himself was a native of Palermo, where he first learned to make ice cream as a 12-year-old apprentice. His New Orleans shop, Angelo Brocato's, made lemon ice, gelato, torroncino and cannoli. Today, his family still runs Angelo Brocato...

A documentary film about New Haven's Little Italy that has played to packed crowds all over the area will soon have have its first showing in Hamden - at the town library on 2901 Dixwell Avenue on April 1st at 6:30 p.m. The film, The Village: Life in New Haven's Little Italy, was the creation of award-winning journalist Steve Hamm. It had its succe...

Happy February and welcome back to “Boomtown Eats!” We hope you enjoyed last month’s feature of El Dorado’s own E&R – we are still remembering those potato wedges – and we hope that everyone has had a chance to check out E&R for themselves. This month we are turning to another downtown El Dorado establishment – directly across from Sports Alley and...

Statue rescued by Fr. Sorgie, Pastor of Immaculate Conception and Assumption of Our Lady Church. The statue is one of five that were originally donated to St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church, which was located on 53-59 Catherine Street in Lower Manhattan on or about August 12, 1924. All the statues were carved from Carrara marble and shipped over on...

Little Italy Property Owners Association (LIPOA) has been recognized by Baltimore City as Little Italy’s representative neighborhood association since 2012. As of its March 19th meeting, LIPOA will operate under a new name, Little Italy Neighborhood Association (LINA) and is in the process of obtaining 501(c)(3) nonprofit status. "While we have est...

Tom Ricca is a lot of things: a proud father, a hardworking business owner, an energetic former WWE wrestler, and now, a champion of his town’s Italian heritage. For the past year, Ricca, 50, has been leading a crusade to create a Little Italy in the heart of one of the state’s most Italian towns. More than a decade ago, Town Council designated...

While many Little Italys across America are diminishing either due to the growth from adjacent ethnic neighborhoods or the dispersion of Italian families from these areas, San Diego’s Little Italy is a stable ethnic business and residential community – and has been since the 1920s. Little Italy San Diego represents the city’s oldest continuous-neig...

Manhattan’s Little Italy is filled with New York City history that you can eat. Visit any number of local businesses -- some of which have been slinging mozzarella and powdered pastries for decades -- and you’ll get a taste of the area’s once-bustling immigrant community. Sure, you could grab your gabagool at Whole Foods, but there, they pronounce...

Our Little Italy neighborhood offers some of the finer food fare this side of the Tiber River. When it comes to Italian cuisine, visitors certainly have their pick of dining experiences. The Italian neighborhood, however, offers much more than great food, providing a host of cultural offerings at any given time. Movies, of course, are always a hit...