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Oyster’s Guide To Little Italys Across The U.S.

The best known Little Italy may be Manhattan’s, but old-world enclaves bursting with Italian culture can be found across the country.

We’ve picked out the best places to mangia in these lively Italian neighborhoods, as well as our favorite spots to bed up for the night after indulging in plenty of pasta, pastries and vino. Cent’anni!

Manhattan’s Little Italy

Bordered by Chinatown to the east and fashionable SoHo to the west, Manhattan’s Little Italy is a mere shadow of the expansive and robust neighborhood it once was. But, as any Italian knows, it’s not the size that matters, but what you do with it. And New York Italians do it up big time, ladies and gentlemen. From some of the best Italian food in the city prepared the old-fashioned way to  Italian flair exuding from one outspoken maitre d’ to the next, Little Italy is a must-visit. Here are some of our favorite hidden stops:
  • Il Cortile: The inspiration behind the Billy Joel hit “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” Il Cortile is an upscale staple of Mulberry Street. Its charming courtyard and Southern Italian fare attract many celebrities, including Donald Trump and Robert DeNiro.
  • Di Palo’s Fine Foods: This incredible Italian market, opened in 1914, imports foods from all 20 regions of Italy. A wide array of cured meats, 300+ imported cheeses, handmade ravioli and an endless bevy of antipasti line the shelves.
  • Lombardi’s Pizza: New York City pizza is the best in the country, hands down. (Sorry, Chicago.) And this pizzeria put the neighborhood on the culinary map back in 1895.
Where to Stay: Mondrian Soho (pictured above)
Just a short walk from Little Italy’s main thoroughfare, the Mondrian Soho is a stylish hotel, featuring small, beautiful rooms, high-tech amenities and floor-to-ceiling windows with jaw-dropping views. And, if you haven’t stuffed yourself with enough Italian fare off the street, the Isola Trattoria & Crudo Bar will do the trick.

 

Boston’s North End

This historic neighborhood — one of the oldest in the city — is lined with cobble-stoned streets and gorgeous old buildings (not to mention picturesque views of Bosto’‘s harbor.) Italians first began settling the area in 1860, working predominantly as fruit and vegetable vendors and peddlers of wine, cheese and olive oil. Today, their ancestors own a myriad of Italian cafes and restaurants — numbering over 100 — that attract tourists and locals to this quiet quarter of the city. Here are some of our other favorite spots to celebrate:
  • Cantina Italiana: Serving up bombolotti — a pasta unique to this North End eatery — this landmark restaurant opened its doors in 1931 and has been satisfying customers ever since.
  • Caffe Vittoria: Boston’s original espresso bar puts any Starbucks to shame with its scrumptious homemade pastries and time-perfected cappuccinos and espresso. The intimate, old world vibe is perfect for romancing.
Located within walking distance of Boston’s Little Italy, the Fairmont Battery Wharf has excellent harborside views, spacious rooms, a luxe spa and a celebrated on-site restaurant.

 

Providence’s Federal Hill

Italians have long cherished la pigna, or the pine cone, as a symbol of abundance and hospitality. So it’s fitting that the sight of one welcomes visitors to the Federal Hill neighborhood in Providence. The main thoroughfare here is Atwells Avenue, where countless Italian restaurants and shops compete for business. Together, however, they form a community that supports DePasquale Square, a piazza with flowers, opera singers, and of course the requisite fountains and cafe tables throughout. Here are some of our favorite spots to chow down:
  • Scialo Bros. Bakery: Making traditional Italian pastries since 1916, this family-run bakery has a following — a major following. Getting through the door on a weekend morning might set you back an hour, but once you take a bite of their biscotti, you’ll know it was worth it.
  • Venda Ravioli: What was once a cramped, one-room shop is now the premier spot to shop for Italian delicacies on Federal Hill. With a prime location on DePasquale Square — and a cafe, gelato bar, and espresso bar on site — this huge food emporium stocks imported goods and tasty homemade treats.
Where to Stay: Hotel Providence
This 80-room boutique provides a mix of traditional European and New England styles, with an old-fashioned vibe that’s fitting for the holiday. The hip restaurant at the Hotel Providence is a draw, as is its central location and pet-friendly attitude.

 

Chicago’s Little Italy

The main hub of the city’s Little Italy is Taylor Street, which is part of the larger Near West Side area. Rife with restaurants and cafes, the area is also home to the Italian American Boxing Hall of Fame and the  National Italian American Sports Hall of Fame. These unique spots are worth a visit in the Windy City. Here are some of our other go-to places:
  • Conte Di Savoia: A quality Italian deli on Taylor Street since 1948, Conte Di Savoia offers some of Chicago’s best sandwiches and salads, as well as Italian specialties and imports.
  • RoSal’s: A beloved Sicilian eatery in the heart of Chicago’s Little Italy, RoSal’s is all about keeping the “old neighborhood” alive. Chow down on simple traditional fare surrounded by black and white photos from days past.
The quirky, 328-room Blackstone hotel across from Grant Park mixes contemporary style with the building’s restored historic grandeur. Some of the bright, modern rooms have great views of Lake Michigan (and the parade) and the on-site restaurant attracts tourists and locals alike.

 

San Diego’s Little Italy

Formerly a quiet Italian fishing neighborhood, the scenic area of downtown San Diego is now home to a bevy of restaurants, shops, art galleries, and even home design stores — but it still celebrates its Italian roots. The Little Italy Association hosts many festivals throughout the year, as well as a weekly Italian farmer’s market. Here are our favorite spots along the way:
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto: The DePhilippis moved to San Diego from their Bronx neighborhood in 1950 and opened an Italian grocery store that catered to the local fishermen, with sandwiches and small pizzas. The business has since expanded but the food hasn’t changed a bit — and that’s definitely a good thing.
  • Solunto Baking Co.: This landmark bakery, once frequented by Frank Sinatra, makes the best Italian breads around — sans sugar, additives, or preservatives. It boasts an old-school take on health, but the homemade pizza, sausages, and arancini (or riceballs) are sure to be rich in recompense.
Where to Stay: Porto Vista Hotel
A good value with a solid list of freebies (including breakfast, yoga classes, and Wi-Fi), the Porto Vista is conveniently located in Little Italy. Rooms feature cool decor with retro floor-to-ceiling photo murals, there is a 24-hour fitness center on-site, and the restaurant has lovely views of the bay.
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