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Little Italy

Little Italy - Photo by Bob Perkoski
Little Italy - Photo by Bob Perkoski
Mention Little Italy to a Clevelander and you are likely to be regaled with stories of Neapolitan-style pizza, veal parmesan and creamy gelato. That's expected as this historic neighborhood has been home to Italian immigrants for generations and, well, we all have to eat!

But dig a little deeper, past the cheese and meatballs, and you'll discover a lively borough where students, artists, families and visitors peaceably coexist. Second only to the restaurants in popularity are the area's eclectic art galleries and studios. Nearly two dozen art galleries can be found along the charming brick lanes, with the highest concentration taking up residence in a converted brick schoolhouse. Artwalks are a frequent and favored form of weekend entertainment.

Close to University Circle and its medical, cultural and educational institutions, Little Italy is a natural choice for students and staffers of those institutions to live, eat and play. Visit nearby Lake View Cemetery, a 300-acre cemetery that doubles as the neighborhood's Central Park, and you'll discover all the trappings of a residential community. Dog parks, picnics and casual strolls are all common sights at this 140-year-old gem.

Little Italy Features

putting art at the heart of neighborhood redevelopment

Artists are often the first to move into urban neighborhoods, and also the first to move out when rents escalate. Yet in the post-recession landscape, many communities are working with artists to transform blight, engage residents and reimagine their neighborhoods.

from bust to boom: how the city's brand is on the rise, within our borders and beyond

There has been a flood of new businesses that tout the city through an assortment of Cleveland-themed apparel and products or by integrating the city name right into the company’s branding. Many point to the recent recession as the dawn of this entrepreneurial movement, which coincided with a newfound pride of place.

now schooling: cooking up a solution to the growing culinary talent gap

As our restaurant scene continues to thrive, local chefs and owners increasingly are finding it difficult to fill all open positions. Institutions in town, including an accredited culinary school, have their merits, say local restaurateurs, but they also have a way to go before they reach the point where they'll plug the culinary talent gap.  

rediscovering your hometown? there's an app for that

Sometimes, even the most adventurous resident can grow a little too comfortable living in the same city after a while. But one can always find something new to discover if we just dig a little deeper. Lucky for us, a number of smartphone apps will help the explorer in all of us get reacquainted with the city we call home.

fresh water managing editor pens cleveland guidebook for visitors, residents

It's been four and a half years since the first edition of "Moon Handbooks: Cleveland" was published. Considering all that has taken place in Cleveland during that time, author and Fresh Water managing editor Douglas Trattner says that for the second edition, which was released this week, he went back to the starting gate.
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Little Italy Founders

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nan webb

City: Little Italy

Meet Nan Webb, founder of Murray Hill Bolt & Spool.

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