Little Italy USA
In every city where Italians have settled, you'll find a Little Italy. These are usually
neighborhoods where the immigrants originally lived, providing a safe haven in a foreign land. Here,
neighbors were often people from the same village, or at least from the same region.
At a time before government programs were available to assist immigrants, support was drawn from the community, in
the form of shared food, companionship, help with the new language, and assistance in finding employment. Often the
children from neighboring families intermarried, cementing alliances and helping preserve the culture for another
Mulberry Street (Little Italy, NYC) 1900
As the Italians prospered, most moved out of the Little Italy neighborhoods and into more affluent suburbs. But the
businesses remained, including the restaurants that lure both locals and tourists with authentic Italian dishes.
Over the coming months we'll be looking at Little Italy locations around the world. but we'll start with some
neighborhoods that may be familiar to you through American films.
Below is a short list we've compiled of the Little Italys in the USA. Some cities have more than one, with
Philadelphia leading the list with seven. Brooklyn is close behind with five.
If we've missed an area in your city we apologize.
If you know of another Little Italy in the US that we've missed, please let us know through
the Contact Us page.
|Atlantic City, NJ
Boston, MA (2)
Bronx, NY (3)
Brooklyn, NY (5)
Chicago, IL (2)
Los Angeles, CA
Manhattan, NY (2)
New Haven, CT
Philadelphia, PA (7)
Queens, NY (2)
San Diego, CA
San Francisco, CA
San Pedro, CA
St. Louis, MO