2 novembre 2016
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columbus parade roundup
After a drizzly morning during the October 2 Columbus Commemoration, the weather turned to a favorable sunny afternoon as Baltimore's 126th Columbus Day Parade commenced. View the parade story here>>>. View photos on facebook page>>>
In conjunction with the Columbus festivities, the 2nd annual Madonnari Arts Fest drew good crowds in the streets filled with music, theatre, artists, chalk illustrations and outdoor dining. Pictured below is one of the many fabulous 3-D chalk illustrations drawn by various artists from local and around the world during the 3-day event. For this illustration, artist Carlos Alberto from Guadalajara, Mexico, won first place in the Contemporary category. View additional Art Fest photos>>>
halloween roundup
The Little Italy Halloween parade was better and definitely bigger than ever! Thanks to participants Amiccis, Aldo's, Cafe Gia, Da Mimmo, Tina DeFranco, Chipparelli's, Germano's, Isabella's, La Scala, Pane e Vino, Sabatino's, Vaccaro's and three salons: Scene 217, Shears and Edge Evolution.
And at the Little Italy Lodge October 23, things were "hopping" too as their annual Sock Hop provided festive fun once again. More photos here>>>
wine social is a hit
Promotion Center for Little Italy wholeheartedly thanks the chefs and staff of Stratford University, a culinary institute in Little Italy, for hosting over 125 attendees at our October 20th Wine Social. It was a hit! As well, we are in gratitude to: 

  • Crow Vineyard: Judy Crow & Stephanie Price and  Enovation Brands: Filippo Lapides, for generously providing and pouring the wine tastings.
  • To each attendee who contributed to this fundraiser.
  • Special thanks to Mount Royal Printing for donating the tickets.

These stemless wine glasses (pictured) will be available to purchase for only $3 each / set of 6 for $12 at the Little Italy souvenir table on Sunday, November 13 during Saint Leo's Ravioli Dinner. Buy 1 or buy a set for your favorite Little Italy aficionado!
photo blast from the past
New York 1935: Lunch time amongst i muratori (bricklayers). Notice how they are dressed and that they drank wine with their lunch. My nonno is top right.

submitted by Johnny Manna
A photo of Little Italy's own, The Original Monaldi Brothers. This photo was taken Easter Sunday on Trinity Street in front of The Acme Tile Co in 1963.
Pictured is Joe on trumpet, Frank on drums, Pete on accordion. Front row is Mario who now plays sax and Olindo (holding maracas) who now plays bass guitar.
submitted by Frank Monaldi Sr.
DISCOUNT SALE on LI souvenirs
during nov. 13 ravioli dinner ...
great Christmas stocking stuffers!
 help-a make-a da meat-a-ballsa
Okay, that heading is written with a really bad Italian accent, however, we promise really GOOD meatballs at the Ravioli Dinner! BUT - that can only happen with YOUR help in rolling them at 9 am on Saturday, November 12 in the School hall. And you'll get a FREE pasta lunch for helping! Che buona. C'mon by - it's a ton of rollin' fun!
who's ready for ravioli?
Sunday, November 13
12 noon - 6 pm

$12 adults; $6 age 12-under
Saint Leo's SCHOOL Hall (908 Stiles St)
Carryout $12.50: CHURCH Hall (227 Exeter St)

Volunteers needed!
STUDENTS! Need service hours?

wait staff ~ bus tables (BIG NEED!) ~ coffee servers ~ 
Candy Wheel ~ olive sellers ~  tray carrier
~ salad makers ~ 50/50 raffle sellers

Please consider donating homemade or store-bought cakes, pies, cookies and other baked goods to stock the Baked Goods Game Wheel.

around the neighborhood & beyond
BRAVO! to waiter  Roman Chsherbakov (pictured in photo by Algerina Perna / Sun ) of Aldo's Ristorante Italiano, listed in The Baltimore Sun's 10 favorite servers at Baltimore-area restaurants. Roman is the server most requested by regulars, said Sergio Vitale, Aldo's chef/owner.
     “I'm a person who likes to meet and talk to people,” Roman said. “I always come to work with a smile on my face.” Roman, 27, came to the United States from the (former) Soviet Union. He's worked at Aldo's for five years and enjoys wearing the tuxedos and bow ties. “It feels great,” he said. “You feel ... and act like a gentleman.”

CAR RAFFLE WINNERS: Knights of Columbus Saint Vincent Pallotti Council #14535 of Saint Leo's Church thanks all those who supported its 47th annual car raffle fundraiser as it announces the winners:
  • 1st Prize - 2017 Ford Mustang: Kate Johnson
  • 2nd Prize - iPad Air 2: John Welsh
  • 3rd Prize - $200 gas card: Rita Barcus

IN THE NEWS: Little Italy six-story apartment and retail building proposed at former restaurant site on Eastern Avenue. Read the article>>>

HELP ITALY: Earthquake relief efforts are still underway through National Order Sons of Italy to help the multitude of victims and cities affected by two major earthquakes in August and a few days ago in October. Click here to learn how you can help.
email box
"What a well done email of information. Hope to attend some of the functions."
- dmstitz

"I just finished [the Little Italy history book] for the second time - I was so anxious to finally have the book that I thumbed through to look at the photos and skimmed over the text. Then, the second time I read the book word for word. It brought back so many happy memories of so many people that I loved. You did a wonderful job of capturing the magic of growing up Italian in a neighborhood like Little Italy.

I grew up at 210 South High Street (which is now a bed and breakfast) next door to (former) Velleggia's. I have always felt so fortunate to grow up there. My grandkids keep me busy here in Florida but if I'm in Baltimore when the R.O.M.E.O. group have one of their dinners, I'm going to crash it!! I ran the streets of Little Italy with many of those characters.

I hope you're planning a sequel because you certainly have a gift for writing and I know the subject matter is close to your heart. God Bless you and your family and for all that you do."

Terry (DiLiello) Hubbard
Trinity, FL

P.S. I would love to hear from any of my friends who would like to e-mail.
Baltimore's Little Italy: History and Heritage of The Neighborhood  (2015) is available in our online SOUVENIR SHOP. Books are signed by the author and proceeds benefit the nonprofit Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore.
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Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore  |  info@LittleItalyMD.com promotioncenterforlittleitaly.org

S uzanna Molino, director

Gianni Andracchio, president
Ray Alcaraz, past president

Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that
promotes Little Italy's events, community organizations, history and Italian heritage.