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Little Italy

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World map of first level subdivisions (states, counties, provinces, etc.) that are home to Little Italys or Italian neighbourhoods

Little Italy is the catch-all name for an ethnic enclave populated primarily by Italians or people of Italian ancestry, usually in an urban neighborhood. The concept of "Little Italy" holds many different aspects of the Italian culture. There are shops selling Italian goods as well as Italian restaurants lining the streets. A "Little Italy" strives essentially to have a version of the country of Italy placed in the middle of a large non-Italian city. This sort of enclave is often the result of periods of Italian immigration, during which people of the same culture settled or were ostracized and segregated together in certain areas. As cities modernized and grew, these areas became known for their ethnic associations, and ethnic neighborhoods like "Little Italy" blossomed, becoming the areas they are today.

List of Little Italys[edit]



Little Italy in Ottawa
Sign of College Street, centre of Little Italy, Toronto

New Zealand[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]

Arthur Avenue, a Little Italy in the Bronx, New York
Little Italy, Manhattan, New York, ca. 1900

Republic of Ireland[edit]

Other Italian neighborhoods[edit]

Some Italian neighborhoods may have other names, but are colloquially referred to as "Little Italy," including:








South Africa[edit]

United Kingdom[edit]

United States[edit]


See also[edit]


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Further reading[edit]

  • Buzzelli, Michael (2001). "From Little Britain to Little Italy: an urban ethnic landscape study in Toronto". Journal of Historical Geography. 27 (4): 573–587. doi:10.1006/jhge.2001.0355. S2CID 55546856.
  • Frunza, Bogdana Simina. Streetscape and Ethnicity: New York's Mulberry Street and the Redefinition of the Italian American Ethnic Identity (ProQuest, 2008)
  • Gabaccia, Donna R. (2007). "Inventing 'Little Italy'". Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. 6 (1): 7–41. doi:10.1017/S1537781400001596. JSTOR 25144462. S2CID 162485743.
  • Gabaccia, Donna R. (2006). "Global Geography of 'Little Italy': Italian Neighbourhoods in Comparative Perspective" (PDF). Modern Italy. 11 (1): 9–24. doi:10.1080/13532940500489510. S2CID 56372320.
  • Harney, Robert F. "Toronto's Little Italy, 1885-1945." in Robert F. Harney and J. Vincenza Scarpaci, eds. Little Italies in North America (1981): 41-62.
  • Immerso, Michael. Newark's little Italy: The vanished first ward (Rutgers University Press, 1999).
  • Juliani, Richard N. Building Little Italy: Philadelphia's Italians Before Mass Migration (Penn State Press, 2005)
  • Pozzetta, George E. "The Mulberry District of New York City: The Years before World War One." in Robert F. Harney and J. Vincenza Scarpaci, eds. Little Italies in North America (Toronto: The Multicultural History Society of Ontario, 1979) pp: 7-40.
  • Sandler, Gilbert. The Neighborhood: The Story of Baltimore's Little Italy (Bodine & Associates, 1974).
  • Worrall, Janet E. (2004). "The impact of the Ku Klux Klan and prohibition on Denver's little Italy". Journal of the West. 43 (4): 32–40.