Wednesday 23 Oct, 2013

Little Italy Neighborhoods in the U.S.

While you’re saving up some money to travel to Italy, you can get a sense of the Italian way of life by traveling through North America. “Little Italy” neighborhoods have been around in America since  the 19th century during a wave of immigration. So hit the road for a tour of America and some of the greatest “Little Italy” locations.

little italy street sign

Montreal, Canada

Montreal’s Petite Patrie (Little Italy) neighborhood is home to many shops and restaurants, as well as the Church of the Madonna della Difesa and Jean-Talon Market. Today, Montreal is the second largest Italian population in Canada after Toronto.

Boston, Massachusetts

If you’re on a class trip to Boston, the North End is a must stop for several reasons. Not only is it the site of Paul Revere’s House and the Old North Church—it’s home to some of the best pastries and pastas around. It’s also the oldest neighborhood in Boston.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia has a lot to offer: Ben Franklin, the Liberty Bell…and its popular Italian Market. As one of the oldest Italian American communities in the United States, you’ll feel like you’re in Italy in no time.

New York City, New York

New York City’s Little Italy is a small area that still embodies its Italian heritage. The streets, groceries and Old St. Patrick’s Cathedral are all examples of things you could expect in Italy—just conveniently located in lower Manhattan.

Fun Facts:

  • According to a NYC 2010 census, there were no people living in Little Italy, NY that were born in Italy.
  • The average person in North America eats 15.5 pounds of pasta a year. The average person in Italy eats more than 51 pounds every year!
  • Thomas Jefferson is credited with introducing macaroni to the U.S.