febbraio 2020
Our calendar is inclusive of Little Italy events
planned by various organizations in The Neighborhood
and is updated to the best of our ability.
around the neighborhood
Meatball Mania! That's a wrap on the 4th annual Meatball Fest, a fundraiser held January 26th at the Pandola Learning Center in St. Leo's School. Phil Fiore (pictured left) was the meatball-eating champion for the fourth time, having won each previous year, and Gina Williams won the Best Meatball contest for her meatball recipe (top photo with her Mulé family ).

"Sincere thanks for another fantastic event!" said Rosalie Ranieri , Pandola principal. "Our Center continues to be successful due to dedicated support. You have created an awesome event!" Pandola has offered Italian cultural classes since 1995. The event raised $7,000 for Pandola whose spring semester begins next month.

"My family had an awesome experience competing this year!" posted Andie Mu  on facebook. "Thank you so much, Joe Benny’s!" about event organizer, Joe Gardella (pictured center), proprietor of Joe Benny's Focacceria on High Street.
-Italian for Travelers
-Italian for Children
-Exploratory Italian

-Intermediate Italian
-Cont. Italian thru Reading
-Advanced Italian
-Italian Arancine
-Italian Specialties
-Malloreddus/Sardinian Gnocchi
-Vegan Cooking
-Francesca's Sausage
-Aunt Angela's Ricotta Pie
-Ravioli, Gnocchi, & Sauces
-Make Limoncello
-Italian Easter Bread
-Intro to Sign Language
-Italian Card Games
-How to Play Bocce
-Book Club
-Jewelry Making
-Essential Oils
$$ WIN $$ CA$H!! $$
Chances are available for the Premium Raffle hosted by St. Leo's Knights of Columbus / St. Vincent Pallotti Council #14535 ... 200 tickets will be sold offering CASH PRIZES with a grand prize winner of $2,000! Proceeds will be used to support charitable projects. Winning tickets will be drawn at the St. Patrick's Day Dinner & Drawing Sunday, March 8 from 1-5 pm in the Little Italy Lodge . E njoy Celtic music by Dileab Phriseil. You do not need to be present to win, however, your raffle ticket includes admission. To purchase raffle tickets, email Fran Blattermann or call 410.207.7075.
restaurant news

  • Press release issued by Da Mimmo: "On the 36th anniversary of the opening of Da Mimmo Finest Italian Cuisine in Baltimore's famous Little Italy, we would like to thank all of our customers, family and friends for their loyal support. While the restaurant closed January 15th, a new chapter has opened with Da Mimmo Tours. We will cherish our memories made in Little Italy and look forward to making future ones with you in Big Italy!"

  • Losing a Little Italy icon doesn't mean the end to a great neighborhood ... read story>>>

  • Cafe Gia at High Street & Eastern Avenue is hiring experienced servers with wine knowledge and familiarity with Italian cuisine. Weeknight and weekend dinner shifts are available. The restaurant is a busy mid-sized venue with a very good customer base and high volume foot traffic. Resumes can be emailed to cafegialittleitaly@gmail.com.
Learn the history of Little Italy

The neighborhood's fascinating history dates back to the Italian immigrants' arrival in Baltimore in the late 1800s. Chapters of interesting stories about Saint Leo's Church, Little Italy Lodge, neighborhood businesses, buildings, celebrities, icons, and more! Book sales benefit the 501(c)(3) volunteer-based nonprofit organization, Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore, and was written by a Saint Leo's parishioner.
If you would like the book signed by the author to a specific
person's name, please note this as you purchase.
submit your old photos for consideration in a new book,
The Italian Community in Baltimore
Suzanna Molino , author of Baltimore's Little Italy, and director of Promotion Center for Little Italy, is collecting historical photos as she writes Images in America: The Italian Community in Baltimore for Arcadia Publishing . The book will consist entirely of photographs which fit into the topics outlined below. Photos must be only of the Italian community in the Baltimore area and can depict topics in OR outside of Little Italy.

  • Italian-related events, schools, organizations, teams, clubs
  • Houses, buildings, landmarks
  • Immigrants & families
  • Growing up Italian
  • Around Baltimore's Italian neighborhoods and churches
  • In the Kitchen with Mamma & Nonna
  • Italians at work (individuals or Italian-owned businesses)
  • Italians serving the U.S.A. (parades, uniforms, military activity)


  • Drop your photo files into wetransfer.com; type in the email address suzannamolino@littleitalymd.com.
  • NAME EACH PHOTO with topic and first & last name.
  • If you know how to set your scanner, scan photos at 300 dpi or higher and 8" wide (= 2400 pixels). Save as .tif files.
  • If you are not familiar with scanning, consider loaning the original for the author to scan. Email Suzanna for mailing address. All photos will be returned. Or, take your photo to an Office Depot or Staples to have it scanned as a .jpg (no PDFs please).
2010 - 2020
Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore
celebrates 10 YEARS!
"Thank you so very much for your help in promoting our Seven Fishes Dinner at St. Leo's. Our organization is young, since April 2019,
and your promotion of our activities have been a help in bringing people to our events. What you do to promote Little Italy
to the community in 21202 and Baltimore is so necessary
in displaying the greatness of 'Charm City.'"

~ Sincerely, Carmella Walsh
Please consider any gift amount as a donation to our 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, which is volunteer-based and not funded. Its mission depends solely on your generosity as we promote the history, heritage and events of "The Neighborhood." Grazie tanto!
paid sponsors
Photography of
A. Aubrey Bodine
by Jennifer B. Bodine
A. Aubrey Bodine’s archive of train photographs in this book (Feb. 2018) chronicles mid-twentieth century rail transportation and the people working on the railroad. Bodine’s images of steam and diesel locomotives document an era passed and his keen eye of railroads in 121 black & white images. Order a signed copy.

plus 6% tax in MD - shipping included

 Jennifer B. Bodine, Esq. owns and operates AAubreyBodine.com to market
her father's photography digitally restored on reprints and note cards.
Dedicated to my Nonna
who inspired me to cook ...
"I remember when I was a little girl, I visited my Nonna's house on cold winter days; the aroma from her kitchen would soothe your soul and gave me such a warm feeling. Nonna was always cooking!" ~ Francena Hall

Recipes My Nonna Taught Me includes several meatless recipes, such as lentil soup, for Lent and St. Joseph's Day. Cheese is not eaten on St. Joseph's Day to remind us some people were too poor to afford it; bread crumbs symbolize the sawdust of St. Joseph the carpenter.
(reg. $13.50)
FREE shipping

Mail check/money order:
Francena Hall
125 Boyce Road
Centerville, OH 45458
from our e-mailbox
" Beautiful job ... well done. Mille grazie."
~ Sincerely, Mark Dardozzi

"Thank you for sharing those photos from Carmen Strollo of the Little Italy train garden which he once made for his family. They are incredible pieces - true works of art that would have been priceless to me. Besides marveling over them, I learned a lot as well. I would not have seen them if not for your newsletter, where there is always surely to include something extra special."
~ Sincerely, Larry Gatti

"A special  thank you  for your last issue of the PCLI Neighborhood News . What a wonderful and touching experience it was! Carmen Strollo's Christmas garden pictures brought back memories of the gardens I once built at 222 S. High Street (home of the famous Mr. John Pente and family) [where Film Fest movies were projected]. Because of the approximate 12' narrow width of that corner house, the garden occupied the living room corner. Its size varied, but the largest was probably 4'x6'. The display included lighted houses, HO (or American Flier) trains plus cars and vehicles on a track. Figures of people slightly over an inch were hand-painted complete with facial details. Of course, I can't claim the masterpieces that Carmen constructed, but pretty good in its own way.'
~ Joe Pente

Director & Founder

Ray Alcaraz
Co-Founder & 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, church, history and Italian heritage.