marzo 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.
in the news
Small businesses spread a little street love: During Valentine's Day week, in an effort to promote a positive aspect of Baltimore City, local small businesses banded together on five mornings to "spread some love and positivity" as proprietors distributed chocolate and flowers to motorists along President Street.

"We wanted to thank people for supporting small business while sending the message that small businesses do not exist without your support," said Sergio Vitale , proprietor of Aldo's Italian Restaurant . "The safest and best neighborhood in Baltimore - Little Italy - was represented by Cafe Gia, Pane e Vino and Aldo’s . It was great press for the neighborhood!"

Motorists' reactions were 95% positive as "most people are desperate to hear some good news come out of Baltimore," said Vitale. "When they learned about our message of positivity, they were very receptive. We succeeded in drawing out smiles from hundreds of drivers during morning rush hour!“

In addition to Little Italy's participation was Abbey Burger Bistro, Su Casa Furniture, Kooper's Tavern, Max's Taphouse, and 2910 on the Square .
Apartment building planned for Trinity Street

 Along 906-910 Trinity Street in Little Italy, plans were unveiled during a city design panel meeting describing a European-style 40-unit multi-family apartment building to break ground in the fall by developer WRH Property Holdings. That side of the street was abandoned long ago after the former Panino's Restaurant closed, its faded vertical metal sign still hanging at the corner of High & Trinity. This is yet another project planned in the ongoing transformation of the beloved Italian neighborhood.
Twister Film seeks Italian families to feature: An Italian production company is looking for Italian-American families in New York, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Chicago and Detroit, with a love for Italy. Casting is open to families of Italian origin, both first generation and later, provided at least one person speaks Italian. Producers are looking for families able to show that while far from Italy, it is possible to preserve the rich Italian heritage and traditions: culture, music, cooking, language, etc. Participating families must show in their home and/or neighborhood proof of Italian spirit and style and demonstrate a symbol of  Italianità  in their city. This TV program will be broadcast in Italy on Rete 4 and worldwide on Mediaset Italia. If interested, email Sebina .
around the neighborhood
RAVIOLI WRAP: During three Saturday mornings leading up the March 1 Ravioli Dinner, approximately 140 volunteers - many new faces - showed up to make 12,000 ravioli and approximately 3,500 meatballs used at the bi-annual event hosted by St. Leo Church.

Its staff offers grazie tantissimo to event supporters, donors, volunteers, and attendees, making it "one of the best ever," said Rob Daniels , Events & Facilities Manager. Our volunteers ran the dinner like a well-oiled machine with all components working together for a common goal. I heard many compliments throughout the day." He acknowledges Dominic and Maria Vaccaro of Vaccaro’s Italian Pastry Shop for donating 11 cases of (sold out!) cannoli ... Sabatino’s for donating 11 cases of Italian Ice Cream ... Charley Varipapa for donating Italian cookies ... and Sons of Italy Lodge and Vinny’s Café for providing extra sauce when it ran low. "We were jam-packed all day and our volunteers managed wonderfully to serve everyone."

Congratulations to Sam V. from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware who won the 50/50 raffle of over $1,000 in cash!
Gloria & Lou Mazzulli and family
Lucille Jeannetta and family
" It was great seeing all my friends down in my neighborhood, Little Italy. Perfect day. Had a great time meeting and talking to all. Brings back sweet memories."
Next Ravioli Dinner
is in November!
"We were jam-packed all day and our volunteers
managed wonderfully to serve everyone."
Take a little trip to Little Italy when you win one of these prizes!
Our annual PASSAPORTO RAFFLE so far includes over $700 worth of prizes donated from these Little Italy establishments, with more being added. Buy your chances today!

Learning Center's Italian language & cultural classes begin Thursday, March 12th & Saturday March 14th

-Italian for Travelers
-Italian for Children
-Exploratory Italian
-Intermediate Italian
-Cont. Italian thru Reading
-Advanced Italian
-Italian Arancine
-Italian Specialties
-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
bull roast flier
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. The community still celebrates the Feast of Saint Anthony Italian Festival in tribute to the saint who was credited with saving the neighborhood from the Great Baltimore Fire of 1904. As sons went to the front during both world wars, families pulled together during the hard times. With memories of beloved local figures like Marion “Mugs” Mugavero and artist Tony DeSales, interviews with lifelong locals and a few classic recipes, the author Suzanna Rosa Molino creates a spirited history of this enduring Italian community. Book proceeds benefit the 501(c)(3) volunteer-based nonprofit organization, Promotion Center for Little Italy.
If you would like the book signed by the author to a specific name,
please note it during your purchase.
Buon Compleanno!
Happy Birthday,
Promotion Center for Little Italy
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 to market
her father's photography digitally restored on reprints and note cards.

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.