12 gennaio 2017
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neighborhood roundup
Everyone has a meatball story! First Meatball Fest a sellout
"I wanted to do a cool neighborhood event that brought the neighbors together," said Joe Gardella , proprietor of Joe Benny's Focacceria about the January 8 Little Italy Meatball Fest at the Little Italy Lodge. "Little Italy is such an awesome place. I love it. What better piece of Italian food than the meatball? Everyone has their own meatball story, why not bring the two together?"

One thousand dollars was raised for Pandola Learning Center in Little Italy, and everyone left with a full belly; a sellout 250 were in attendance. Leftover food was donated to Beans & Bread, a local resource center helping those less fortunate with meals, healthcare, and job opportunities.

Raffled gift cards were donated by Ciao Bella, Sabatino's, Vaccaro's, Aldo's, Osteria da Amedeo, Joe Benny's, and Marriott Waterfront. Pandola donated two complimentary classes; Little Italy Lodge donated dinner for two. View winners, photos and videos here.
TOP LEFT: Santa visits the Little Italy Lodge during the annual Children's Party last month.

RIGHT: Volunteers ready to serve and Father Bernie Carmen, Saint Leo's pastor, pause for prayer before the annual Christmas Dinner for the Homeless held in December. Over 325 hot meals were served and gift bags handed out; the dinner was hosted by the parish's Saint Anthony Society. Winter accessories were donated by Promotion Center for Little Italy.
Save some room for ravioli!

Sunday, March 5
12-6 pm
School Hall
Hosted by Saint Leo's Church

Pandola Learning Center offers new service regarding Italian pensions
The Rev. Oreste Pandola Learning Center announces a special service to our Italian American friends - a new patronato will be serving Italian Nationals in the U.S. Pina Culotta will provide her expertise and answer questions regarding Italian pensions and pensions with other countries having an agreement with the United States. Tuesdays 11 am to 1 pm. Please make an appointment by calling 410-868-7296.
 Interview with Promotion Center for Little Italy president, Gianni Andracchio

We the Italians interviews Andracchio on immigration, Little Italy, Saint Leo's, Italian products Columbus Day, and more ...

read interview>>>
Participating Little Italy restaurants,
Baltimore Restaurant Week
  • Ciao Bella
  • Da Mimmo
  • Germano's Piattini
  • La Tavola
  • Sabatino's
photo blast from the past
"Confirmation" submitted by Joseph Amoroso
Buon Natale agli amici italiani dal'Italia ... ci siamo conosciuti in occasione della festa di San Gabriele ne 2015. Ti ricordi di Gabriele e Sara? Vi seguiamo e speriamo di tornare a Baltimora."

~ Gabriele D'Acuti, Italia

(translation: Merry Christmas to Italian friends - from Italy. We met on the occasion of the Feast of San Gabriele in 2015. Do you remember Gabriele and Sara? We follow you and we hope to return to Baltimore."

paid sponsors
Mary ad paid for by Da Mimmo Italian Restaurant
Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore

S uzanna Molino

Ray Alcaraz, past president

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