our customers and tourists find their way around the area. In this guide we are going to give you insights regarding Little Italy, a very charming neighborhood and an important cultural icon to the City of Baltimore. We guarantee you, the countless hours we spent chatting with locals and researching the neighborhood didn’t go to waste!
Baltimore’s Little Italy is one of the most personality-laden neighborhoods in the city. With classic restaurants lining the streets, old timers sitting on their stoops and a roster of events celebrating
family and community, much of Little Italy’s charm is rooted in the past.
However, in addition to the historic appeal of the neighborhood, Little Italy also has a lot to offer modern families. With museums featuring ever-changing exhibits and new restaurants opening all the time, the neighborhood regularly proves that while history forms its core, it’s not stuck in the past.
830 East Pratt Street, www.lewismuseum.org
Though the museum is technically located in Historic Jonestown, its Little Italy-adjacent location makes it an easy stop on any walking tour of the neighborhood. Its mission to shed light on the lives and contributions of African American Marylanders is realized through a variety of engaging exhibitions, events and programs.
844 East Pratt Street, www.flaghouse.org
This historic building was once the home of Mary Pickersgill, the seamstress who sewed the flag that few over Fort McHenry during the War of 1812, and that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the Star-Spangled Banner. The home, built in 1793, has been preserved as an historic museum, featuring period-appropriate furniture and flag-related exhibitions and activities.
High Street, www.promotioncenterforlittleitaly.org/restaurants.html
Geographically, Little Italy is small, but its culinary reach is legendary. The neighborhood is home to dozens of restaurants, bakeries and bars. If you’re looking for classic Italian fare, High Street is
a good place to start your search. Restaurants are scattered throughout the neighborhood, but this centrally-located avenue is home to some of the best and most well-known.
227 South Exeter Street, saintleorcc.com/
St. Leo’s has been a centerpiece of Little Italy since its construction in 1881. The church holds Mass at least once a day and during the first weekend of every month, the first reading of Mass is in Italian. The church’s ravioli and spaghetti dinners and celebrations of the saints are big attractions for the community.
222 Albemarle Street, www.vaccarospastry.com
For sixty years, this family-run establishment has wowed Baltimoreans with its cannoli, gelato, cakes and pastries. The line sometimes snakes out the door, but the treats are worth the wait. After dinner coffee and dessert at Vaccaro’s is one of Baltimore’s sweetest traditions.
902-904 Stiles Street, www.littleitalymd.org/bocce-courts.html
Little Italy’s bocce courts are open to the public, though during the warmer months, especially on midweek evenings or during the summertime and fall festivals
, they’re often in use; those passing
by might catch teams from one of the neighborhood’s two leagues practicing or competing. There are benches for spectators and a restroom and water fountain for those who need to take a breather.
Corner of High & Stiles Streets, www.littleitalymd.org/film-fest..html
Since 1999, Little Italy has hosted a weekly summertime film festival at the corner of High and Stiles Streets. Once a week, movies – often Italian-themed – are projected onto the wall of Ciao Bella Restaurant; the public is encouraged to bring lawn chairs, pick up dinner from a local restaurant and enjoy the show.
Parking in Little Italy can be a challenge, especially around dinnertime and during festivals. A good plan of action is to park at Harbor Park Garage (55 Market Place), where parking is plentiful, convenient and reasonably priced, then make the short walk across President Street to Little Italy.
Plan ahead by using Parking Panda, ParkWhiz or SP+ to prepay for your spot at Harbor Park and you will be ahead of the game before you even get on the road. Prepay for your Little Italy parking in Baltimore’s district simply click on the Prepay For Parking buttons you see across the site or follow this link – https://goo.gl/mDibI9. Enjoy your trip and stay, arrivederci!
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