settembre 2021
Host an Italian student
"There is still time to plan for one of the students for this coming high school year," says Bodil Dencker. "Please please share with your friends and family. It's an amazing experience. Those Italians are so fun to have around!"
Consider hosting an Italian student! Meet Ginni, age 17 ... Andrea, age 18 ... Pietro, 16, and other high school students hoping and waiting to be connected with a host family in the USA.

Host families provide the student with love, a bed, and meals. Students have their own pocket money and are fully insured for medical expenses. The student often becomes like a son or daughter as they attend your local high school. It is truly a life-changing experience for them and the family involved. Thousands of new lifelong friendships are formed each school year!

More information:
Bodil Dencker
Director of Operations
949-494-4100 (x400)

St. Leo's 140th anniversary weekend celebration;
campaign reaches $80K
Celebrate St. Leo's 140th anniversary with

Annual St. Padre Pio Mass 10 a.m. in conjunction with parish's 140th Anniversary with celebrants: Archbishop William Lori, Bishop Denis Madden, Father Bernie Carman, S.A.C., Father Sal Furnari, S.A.C., Father Andrew DeFusco, and others. St. Leo's Knights of Columbus Color Guard will present at Mass and host a complimentary brunch in school hall.

Parish's 140th Anniversary Celebration during 4:30 pm and 9:30 am Masses (9:30 Mass said in Italian). Continuing 140th celebration with light reception after 4:30 pm and Knights of Columbus Color Guard at 9:30 Mass with brunch after.
Buon 140th anniversario, Saint Leo's ... In the 1880s, the Archdiocese of Baltimore had decided to establish an all-Italian parish as it had earlier for Irish and German immigrants. Generations of Italians have been baptized, confirmed, married and buried from our historic parish of Saint Leo the Great, the first church in Maryland - and among the first in the nation - founded and built specifically for Italian immigrants. Construction began in 1880 and the building was dedicated September 18, 1881. Please consider returning the campaign form below to help celebrate or donate online. Donations received to date are $80K toward the $140,000 goal!
140th pledge sheet
Thursday, September 30
10 am to 3:30 pm
Save 3 lives with 1 pint!

To schedule your lifesaving donation, visit and enter sponsor code: stleosromancatholicchurch
OR contact Tindy Henderson, 240.429.3073.
Sons of Italy events
LODGE RETURNS TO LIFE - The Little Italy Lodge has slowly returned to "normal" over the last two months post-pandemic; it has held regular Friday Night Dinners, bocce tournaments, and hosted group/family parties in its banquet hall. Fall events include Taste of Italy (September 26), General Membership meetings, Memorial Breakfast, more Friday Night Dinners, annual Sock Hop (October 24), and monthly Bingo (next one October 17), among others.

The Lodge's newly elected president, Albert Marra, wrote in a Lodge newsletter, "Please hold dear our guiding principles: Liberty, Equality, Fraternity, as well as my favorite concepts of teamwork, unity, and heritage. Why? Because 'we may not all be in the same boat, but we are all in the same storm!' "

The Little Italy Lodge consistently searches for new members. If you or someone you know is of Italian descent and would like to meet new acquaintances in Baltimore's Italian community, email Susanne Spinnato Walmsley, Membership Chairperson.
Sunday, September 26 / 11:30 am

Order Sons of Italy Grand Lodge of Maryland Annual Memorial Mass honors deceased Lodge members. Brunch follows at Chiapparelli's Restaurant ($25). For brunch reservations, email Anita Lombardi Riley.
OSIA logo high res
Sunday, October 10 / 2-5 pm / $75
Valley Mansion, Hunt Valley MD
Good food, music, community!

The Gala is in conjunction with the celebration of the Grand Lodge's 100th anniversary! For what Christopher Columbus' name has endured over the past few years and the unfortunate incident for our statue in Little Italy (destroyed July 4, 2020), and the holiday's name change by Baltimore's City Council, Columbus Day continues across America! Tickets: Anita Lombardi Riley.
sock hop
3D mural to be painted in Little Italy
Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival, Inc. is sponsoring a permanent mural (artist's rendition pictured) inspired by the Trevi Fountain to be painted in Little Italy on the east wall of the Hospital Support Services building on Lloyd Street facing Stratford University. Internationally acclaimed muralist CarlosAlberto Garcia-Hernandez will paint the mural during the week of September 17; the unveiling event is outlined below.
Sunday, September 26
2 pm
Join friends and residents of Little Italy and city/state dignitaries to celebrate the installation of the mural

2-5 pm
Stratford University parking lot
  • The Stone Hill All-Stars
  • Pop-up jazz jam session led by The Worthy Brothers
If interested in sponsorship,

  • Little Italy Madonnari Arts Festival, Inc.
  • Jonathan G. Willen / Vintage Affairs
  • Baltimore Jazz Alliance
  • Associated Italian American Charities (AIAC)
  • Hospital Support Services, Inc.
  • Tru by Hilton
  • Some Little Italy restaurants
  • Promotion Center for Little Italy
more fall events
pasta dinner flyer
Little Italy in the news
Six blocks of the proposed Central Avenue Streetscape in Little Italy is taking longer than expected; it is bordered by small repair shops, smaller houses, and the remnants of Corned Beef Row. Construction is expected to last another year. When completed, the roadway will boast a new storm drain system, new traffic signals, raised landscaped medians, pitted trees, bicycle lanes, ADA-compliant sidewalks, brick paver accents and public art. [Read story on Baltimore Brew >>>]
Blast from the past
Submitted by Holly Eberhardt
(photo circa 1917)

"The name on the store window reads Jos. Butta. Standing in the doorway is my great-grandfather, Joseph Leo Butta. He owned many stores in Little Italy, including one that is now Cafe Gia’s. He sold produce, primarily; and also had a sandwich shop. The store in this photo was located in Little Italy on Eastern Avenue. I love this photo!"
 Include caption, people ID, location, approximate year, and your name.
Photos must be Little Italy or Italian immigrant-related.
Little Italy books available
on online Book Shop
COVER PHOTO: Wedding party and friends in 1953 join bride and groom Marie Bastianelli and Jake Zito for a honeymoon send-off at the train station. Photo courtesy Josephine Zito Schmidt

200 captivating vintage photos submitted by Baltimore families!

signed copies by author 
Suzanna Rosa Molino

Director, Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore

(includes tax, postage)

Book proceeds benefit the nonprofit org, Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore
Order online or pick up a book
at these locations for
in-person price of $21.99

  • Oct. 3 Italian Heritage Festival
  • Vaccaro's, Little Italy
  • DiPasquale's, Baltimore
  • Charlotte Elliott & the Bookstore Next Door, Baltimore
  • The Seasoned Olive, Baltimore
  • M.R. Ducks, Ocean City MD
  • Mama Ann’s Gifts & Goodies (Moneta, VA)

Order ANY 3 BOOKS from our online book shop and receive a FREE
coffee-table book, Baltimore's Own Little Italy: The Artwork of Tony DeSales.

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~ Deb C, Florida

"Excellent job! I appreciate the article! I will share your wonderful newsletter with our students and contacts. Sempre avanti!"
~ Nicolino Applauso, Maryland
(referencing story in August 2021 issue: "Today, Italian immigrants continue to emigrate into Baltimore")

"As Dr. Applauso has said, to save our beloved Little Italy, we must go beyond nostalgia and connect the old and new. Ray Alcaraz must be commended for doing that. Picture books do not make strides toward accomplishing that goal. They are easy to put together, satisfy people's desires for nostalgia, but that's all they do. They are collections of other people's old photos."
~ Phyllis Della Vecchia
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