Little Italy

Little Italy information

Location
New York City , USA
Getting there
Subway: N/Q/R, J/Z, 6 to Canal St, B/D to Grand St
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Unlike Chinatown, which feels as though it’s bursting at the seams, Little Italy has been steadily shrinking over the last 50 years. The once strong Italian neighborhood (film director Martin Scorsese grew up on Elizabeth St) saw an exodus in the mid-20th century when many of its residents moved to more suburban neighborhoods in Brooklyn and beyond. Still, loyal Italian Americans flock here to gather around red-and-white-checked tablecloths for heaping pasta and pizza portions. If you’re in town in late September, be sure to check out the raucous San Gennaro Festival, which honors the patron saint of Naples. New York’s tribute to the Boot-land is mostly concentrated on Mulberry St between Broome and Canal Sts. Here you’ll find scores of restaurants with their signature checkerboard tablecloths spooning out bowlfuls of homemade pasta and spinning hot tin trays of Neapolitan slices. It’s got a pick-a-table-and-enjoy kinda vibe, so put down the guidebook and enjoy the dolce vita.