agosto 2017
Neighborhood News 2017 is sponsored by:
italian street festival this weekend!
Work the festival? Opportunities still open for food stands,
games, beer truck, pasta dinner and more! 
Contact Renee Coshin Coolbaugh 215-205-0858 or
neighborhood events thru december
around the neighborhood

  • Pandola Learning Center's FALL SEMESTER classes begin September. To receive class descriptions of the many offered Italian-related cultural classes, add your email address or visit their website.

  • Film Fest & FND - The Little Italy Lodge pairs its Friday Night Dinners with the Little Italy Film Fest. For a delicious affordable meal, dine at the Lodge before the movie! Take a look at the specials for August:
    * Rigatoni w/ vodka sauce & Ocean's 11 - August 18
    * Linguini w/ Bolognese sauce & Cinema Paradiso - August 25

  • Little Italy was chosen again for Neighborhood Lights 2018 in Baltimore's annual Light City project along with 12 other area neighborhoods. "Mille grazie to Baltimore Office  of Promotions & the Arts and to our mayor's office for both considering Little Italy and choosing us after an arduous interview process," said Gia Fracassetti, Little Italy's liaison for Neighborhood Lights. "We are most grateful to our city officials."
Flags Across America   celebrates the American flag with more than 30 photographic prints on display at the  Star-Spangled Banner Flag House  through December 2017. The Flag House is a wonderful historical museum on Pratt Street in Little Italy.
A "Knight" at Camden Yards! Hosted by St. Vincent Pallotti Council #14535 of Saint Leo's Church

Wed, Sept. 6, 2017
7:05 pm 
Orioles vs. New York Yankees

Section 65, $39 ($5 donated to Knights Council to support charitable endeavors).  Tickets:
 or 570.466.3745
film fest shows thru august
movies are shown RAIN or SHINE!

"We love going to Little Italy on Friday nights and
being sponsors for the Film Fest ... it's
such a great environment."
~ Michelle & Mark Allbritton 
blast from the past

Submitted by Joe Amoroso

Laura and Louis Yodice, partners with my grandfather in Italian clothing and tailoring business, Brooklyn 1920s 

My great uncle, Fred Benevento, in Brooklyn. He died young (1905-1927). 

Palumbo family, Brooklyn 1913; my mother, Mary, Helen,

Joseph, Michael

little italy in the news

AN HISTORICAL LOOK:  Velleggia’s was initially established by Enrico and Maria Velleggia in 1937 and remained a family restaurant until it closed in 2008. There is still an existing Velleggia's family-owned business across the street called  Casa di Pasta , a retail and wholesale store offering pasta products, sauces, cheeses and Italian groceries.

View WJZ-TV story about the annual Little Italy Film Fest, by Ron Matz. The open air Film Fest has been in existence since 1999!
wine social benefits
promotion center for little italy
Comments about last month's VINTAGE PHOTO:

"That is Fawn Street looking towards Central Avenue ... the fence on the left is the old Poggi's Pharmacy back yard before they tore down their house and built the building currently standing at Fawn and Exeter Streets, and which most people remember as the pharmacy. Ms. Poggi once told me that when they tore down the house, her family lived in a little trailer in the yard until the new house and pharmacy were finished.
   The building at the far end is where Ms. Bessie lived; she had a laundromat there until the riots in the 1960s. Behind the porches is the carriage house and behind that is my brother's house (Ms. Sansome's former home). Next to that is 1308 Gough Street - my grandmother's house (my brother still owns it; he owns three on that block.)     
    Beyond the house with the porches is Eden and Gough; you will see houses no longer there (the projects are there now). The big building on the right some might remember as Flavorex - it is now a condo building (the Malt House). The house behind the fence with windows on the side was Ms. Barney's."

~ Mark Cavaliere
EDITOR'S NOTE: Note the signage in Italian on the left: Negozio di Benevolenza (translates to Benefit Shop). I have since found this photo on Baltimore Sun's website and therefore, give photo credit. Baltimore Sun's photo description: Italian immigrant families lived on Fawn Street in 1923. In the distance is St. Michael the Archangel Church tower and at the right is the former Gottlieb Bauernschmidt and Straus Malt House.
2017 newsletter sponsors
Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore

S uzanna Molino
Communications Coordinator & Founder

Ray Alcaraz, President  

Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit
organization  established in 2010  with a mission to promote Little Italy's events,
community organizations,  history and Italian heritage.