St. Leo's Church 140th anniversary campaign has exceeded - and doubled - its $140,000 goal one month ahead of its six-month close, totaling approximately $170,000, the amount before an anonymous donor has committed to matching the $140K. Separately, a generous and anonymous couple who had visited the church last month donated $25K. The Anniversary...

The Little Italy and star lights, which have hung in disrepair above the neighborhood's streets, have been repaired, refreshed, and rehung by a Baltimore City crew. Councilmember Zeke Cohen was instrumental in arranging for the Baltimore City Department of Transportation to take down and rehang the lights. "It was incredible how so many of our Litt...

There’s no need to travel overseas for a taste of authentic Italian cuisine. Did you know that Maryland is home to its very own Little Italy? That’s right — this colorful neighborhood is jam-packed with Italian restaurants galore. Spend the weekend here to try as many of them as you can. These local restaurants are all so delicious, so come hungry,...

Botanica – from Ryan Sherring of the Six Mile Bridge brewery in Maryland Heights and acclaimed chef Ben Welch – recently opened in Wildwood, showcasing a blend of new Italian and Southern American cuisine. Using ingredients like fermented garlic honey, pecans and sweet potatoes across a menu of small plates, pastas, entrées and Roman-style pizza, B...

Until I got my DNA results a few years ago, I was convinced — due entirely to family pride, the family tree and my nonna’s pronunciation of particular words — that I was at the very least a quarter Italian. After all, we made pizzelles every Christmas alongside sugar cookies and my grandmother pronounced prosciutto “pro-SHOOT” and called the cheese...

As part of the activities to support the promotion of Italian language and culture under the patronage of the Italian Embassy, a meeting was held at the Auditorium of the Italian Embassy in Washington between the students of the Liceo Parentucelli/Arzela' of Sarzana in the province of La Spezia (connected remotely) with students of Italian from Ann...

"My paternal grandparents were born in Cefalu, Sicily, a small town in the Province of Palermo. They separately immigrated to the U.S. and ended up in Baltimore, and married at St. Leo's in June 1917. I have been conducting family research for several years and came across a 1928 article from the Baltimore Sun.  I was thinking about how many ancest...

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at Johns Hopkins University seeks to appoint at the rank of Associate or full Professor a scholar of Medieval and Renaissance Italian literature with a distinguished research record. In addition to expertise in canonical literary texts of the period from Dante to Tasso, applicants will have a stron...

Through two pandemics and two world wars, Caporale’s Italian Bakery has provided bread and baked goods to hungry customers, and it’s not likely to stop any time soon. The bakery, founded in 1906 by Italian immigrant Augusto Caporale, celebrated its 115th anniversary in October. While the business has changed locations multiple times, some members o...

Baltimore fiction readers may not know Rosalia Scalia’s name, but they should. An award-winning local short story writer, the Little Italy native’s work has appeared in numerous literary magazines over the years, including the North Atlantic Review, Notre Dame Review, The Portland Review, and closer to home, The Loch Raven Review. Her story “Sister...