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...

Coffee has been woven into the Italian culture dating back to the 17th century when the first “coffee bar” was established in Venice. Italian coffee culture is special, a culmination of traditions, customs, and history. Though different regions in Italy, coffee bars have their own slight variations on coffee making and bar culture, the fundamentals...

Italian immigrants who sought a better life for themselves and their families on Chicago’s Near West Side were honored on May 22 with the naming of Piazza Italia di Chicago at 1434 W. Taylor St. The Little Italy Chicago Neighborhood Association (LICNA) spearheaded the renaming of the former Piazza Di Maggio, installing flags that represent each of...

Nearly 1,300 life-changing wishes have been granted by Make-A-Wish thanks to the generous donations of Maggiano's Little Italy guests and starting today, the two are proud to launch a 19th year of partnership through Eat-a-Dish for Make-A-Wish. To-date, the campaign has raised $9.6 million with a goal to surpass $10 million this year, and Guests ca...

The De Cecco Little Italy Festival of Rochester, NY, is delighted to announce that a major international artist and PBS television superstar from Venice, Italy, – Italian songstress GIADA VALENTI – will be performing her live show “From Venice with Love” at this year’s Little Italy Festival at 8pm, on Saturday, August 20th at Parcel 5 (285 E. Main...

Come enjoy a movie under the stars at our annual Little Italy Summer Film Festival every Saturday night of the Summer.  The Little Italy Summer Film Festival 2022 is presented by the Little Italy Association and Cinema Little Italy. The movies are screened at the Amici Park Amphitheater. These amazing Italian films, complete with English subtitles,...

For the last 60 years or so, the streets of Wilmington’s Little Italy have looked quite similar in the middle of each June. The Italian Festival brings food, music and carnival rides and games to thousands of visitors, but that was all missing in 2020 and 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. It all returned this year, and patrons and volunteer...