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Little Italy

Ristorante Italiano - Sapori Della Casa

A little history

Little Italy is a neighborhood in lower Manhattan, New York City, historically located around Mulberry Street. Generations of Italians have made their homes in this neighborhood for more than a century. The Italian immigration began in the late 1800s when unemployment and poverty, especially in the southern provinces of Italy forced many to emigrate and start a new life in America. More Italians have migrated to the United States than any other Europeans. Between 1860 and 1880, 68.500 moved to New York and by 1920, 391.000 Italians lived in the city. 78 % of the immigrants were men. Powerful members of the Italian Mafia often operated in Little Italy. Legendary are the names of Ignazio "The Wolf" Lupo, Michele "Big Mike" Miranda and Matthew "Matty the Horse" Ianniello. Nowadays much of the neighborhood has been absorbed and engulfed by Chinatown. What was once Little Italy has essentially shrunk into a single street. But still Mulberry Street's restaurants and Italian food stores are visited by thousands of tourists and locals. Places like iPellegrino's , Casa Bella and Lombardi's, the first pizzeria in America in 1905 are world famous. In 2010, Little Italy and Chinatown were listed in a single historic district on the National Register of Historic Places.