Brief Guide to Little Italy

Here’s a brief history lesson for you guys: Immigrants from Naples and Sicily ventured to Little Italy during the late 1880s. In those times, when over half of all the Italian population resided in Little Italy, the neighborhood extended from East Houston to Chambers Street, and from Broadway to the Bowery.


When Italian immigrants moved to this neighborhood, they brought their customs, food and language along. That heritage is quite apparent today. Good food and flavorful traditions have kept our Little Italy very much true to its roots. Although this small but boisterous neighborhood has changed over time, its European heritage is still alive in its restaurants, and shops and its ethnic pride still remains, entirely woven into the fabric of this culturally distinct pocket.


This post seeks to cover the very basics about this bustling neighborhood along with things to do and see. Discover Little Italy at your own pace with this brief guide to Little Italy. To discover places that exude Little Italy’s old-world charm, read on.


Where is Little Italy located?

Bordered by Tribeca, SoHo, Chinatown, Nolita and Lower East Side, Little Italy is situated in downtown Manhattan.


Things to See

The Center for Italian Modern Art

421 Broome St, New York


Feast of San Gennaro

Annual festival held in September


Italian American Museum

155 Mulberry St, New York


Church of the Most Precious Blood

109 Mulberry St, New York


John Jovino Gun Shop

183 Grand St, New York


Where to Eat

Da Gennaro Restaurant

129 Mulberry St, New York


Angelo’s of Mulberry Street

146 Mulberry St, New York



174 Grand St, New York


Pomodoro Ristorante & Pizzeria

51 Spring St, New York


Original Vincent’s of Little Italy

119 Mott St, New York


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