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Neighborhood News 2017 is sponsored by:

ravioli-making saturday morning
Just show up before 9 am Saturday, October 7 or Saturday, October 14 in the School Hall on Stiles Street to help make the needed 13,000 ravioli for the November Ravioli Dinner. No experience necessary! It is FUN and volunteers are fed a pasta lunch after the project. Free parking on the Stratford University parking lot at the east end of Stiles Street. Meatball-making will be 9 am Saturday November 11.
Are you free to work the Ravioli Dinner?
Opportunities are open for game wheels, servers, runners, bussers,
coffee station, and more. Email
neighborhood events through december
Sunday, October 8
Columbus Day Parade
In its 127th year! Saint Leo's 9:30 am Mass, 11:00 am Wreath-laying Ceremony at Columbus Piazza, and a 2 pm parade which begins on Key Highway and ends in Little Italy. FREE family event.
Sunday, November 12
Ravioli & Spaghetti Dinner
A favorite neighborhood tradition. $12 sit-down or $12.50 carryout. 12-6 pm. Includes pasta, meatballs, salad, and bread. Dessert available. Game wheels and 50/50.
Friday, December 1
Christmas Tree Lighting
Complimentary Italian cookies, hot chocolate, and roasted chestnuts. Carols by Baltimore Choral Arts Society. Santa Claus appears with treats for the kids. 7 pm. FREE family event at the corner of Stiles & High Streets.
around the neighborhood

  • Pandola Learning Center's FALL SEMESTER classes have begun. Various start dates are offered for the shorter length classes, so be sure to check out descriptions for the many Italian-related cultural offerings. View schedule and descriptions.

  • Little Italy Lodge will host its annual Memorial Mass at Saint Leo’s Church 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, October 29 to honor Lodge members who have died between September 2016 and October 2017.

  • Friday Night Dinners (FND) October Specials: Good wine, good food, good friends ... that's amore! Little Italy Lodge offers a delicious and affordable meal for members & their guests.

  • October 6: Pasta in Crab Sauce
  • October 13: Chicken Cacciatore
  • October 20: Braised Short Ribs Risotto
  • October 27: Veal Scallopini w/ pasta. Kids and adults, dress in costume and enter the kids in the Costume Parade! Prizes for best costume.

  • Holidays are nearing! Book your favorite Little Italy restaurant soon.
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas & similar holidays
  • Office lunches and parties
  • Family celebrations
  • December graduations

  • Didn't make it to the Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival? Organizers say this 3rd annual event enjoyed an estimated 15,000 visitors to Little Italy! "Our Little Italy community and the City of Baltimore are forever changed for the good," said organizer Cyd Wolf, "because of the brilliance of our artists and all of you who visited us in Little Italy to enjoy the art, the music, the delicious food and libations and the spirit of our community!" Take a peek at the magnificent 3D chalk paintings created by visiting artists on the neighborhood streets.
View Madonnari Arts Festival gallery / photos by Sharyn Chan.
View winners here.

Saturday, November 4
6:00 pm -- $15
School Hall, 914 Stiles St.
Little Italy

Hot roast beef, mashed potatoes & gravy, fresh green beans, garden salad, dinner rolls. Cash bar offers
beer, wine & soft drinks.

Love with the Proper Stranger
(1963: drama, comedy, romance)

Fran Blattermann

Hosted by
Knights of Columbus / Saint Vincent Pallotti Council #14535
Grand Lodge of Maryland / Order Sons of Italy
presents ...

Saturday, October 28
Martin's East Wind
7 - 11 pm

Honoring the 2017
Ameritan Award recipients,
Michael & Susan Gallerizzo
$75 per person

$750 / table
Check payable to Grand Lodge of Maryland and mailed to:
Tony Fusco
505 Baltimore Avenue
Towson, MD 21204

410.296.5400 x 200

iacc, city council discuss columbus statue
(l-r): Vince Piscopo, Dr. Marc DeSimone, Councilman Robert Stokes, John A. Pica Jr., Council President Bernard Jack Young, Catherine E. Pugh/Mayor of Baltimore, Joe Di Pasquale, Dr. Nicolino Applauso, and Councilwoman Mary Pat Clarke.

Baltimore City Council met with Italian American Civic Club (IACC) October 2 by the invitation of IACC President, Joe Di Pasquale , and Dr. Marc DeSimone , Chairman of the Board of Governors. Under discussion was the concerns of Baltimore's Italian-American community pertaining to the recent vandalism perpetrated against the Columbus Obelisk on Harford Road, the oldest monument commemorating Christopher Columbus in the U.S. and in the world. The City is in the process of repairing damages since they own it. A committee has been formed that follows and protects the three Baltimore Columbus statutes, especially the one in Columbus Piazza in Little Italy.
"We showed that our community is strong and united," said Dr. Nicolino Applauso , "as representatives of other Italian-American associations also were present." Dr. DeSimone shared with public officials the founding documents of the Italian-American Civic Club of Maryland, established in 1943 by the Honorable Thomas D’Alesandro Jr. Mayor Pugh expressed her admiration and support for the Italian-American community. For anyone also concerned with statue protection, contact Dr. DeSimone .
blast from the past
1959 photos submitted by Joanne McMillion

BOOK SALE! Baltimore's Little Italy:
Heritage and History of The Neighborhood
Before outdoor films, mouth watering cuisine and the spectacle of bocce brought thousands of visitors to its streets, Baltimore’s Little Italy was a haven for generations of immigrants. With Saint Leo’s Church at its heart, The Neighborhood is a place where lifelong friendships are forged and nicknames are serious business. Walk through a spirited history of this enduring Italian community. [paperback, 160 pp, 2015, The History Press, SC]
Last of our book stock is now on sale - $17.99 (reg. $25) while supplies last! Order your copy TODAY (or gift for Christmas) of this touching, historical peek into The Neighborhood. This special price includes an autographed copy and free shipping. Book sales benefit Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore, a 501c3 nonprofit organization.
"You covered all the bases. I commend you for the personal touches,
accuracy and everything else that blends a historic and personal tale
as a very touching adventure. " ~ Joe Pente

"I couldn't put it down. The people that are featured in the book
I have known most of my life." ~ Harold Greenblatt

"I remembered all the good times in the mid-1960s on Mug's Corner."
~ Frank Monaldi, Sr.

We will not be restocking any of our Little Italy souvenirs (pizza cutters, wooden spoons, books, bumper stickers, beads) so order while you can!
2017 newsletter sponsors
Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore

Suzanna 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.