Little Italy

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Arthur Avenue, a Little Italy in the Bronx, New York

Little Italy is a general 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 big non-Italian city. This sort of enclave is often the result of periods of immigration in the past, during which people of the same culture settled together in certain areas. As cities modernized and grew, these areas became known for their ethnic associations, and towns like "Little Italy" blossomed, becoming the icons they are today.

List of Little Italys[edit]



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Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

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Other Italian neighborhoods[edit]

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



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Other uses[edit]


  1. ^ Persichilli, Angelo (2004-01-19). "In Hamilton, Stoney Creek is called 'Tony Creek'". Hill Times. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Buzzelli, Michael. "From Little Britain to Little Italy: an urban ethnic landscape study in Toronto." Journal of Historical Geography 27.4 (2001): 573-587.
  • 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. " Inventing 'Little Italy'" Journal of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era (2007): 7-41. 2006 SHGAPE Presidential Address in JSTOR
  • Gabaccia, Donna R. "Global geography of ‘Little Italy’: Italian neighbourhoods in comparative perspective." Modern Italy 11#1 (2006): 9-24. online
  • 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. "The impact of the Ku Klux Klan and prohibition on Denver's little Italy." Journal of the West 43#4 (2004): 32-40.

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