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Exploring Little Italy: Restaurants, Museums, Things To Do

The Mulberry Project
(Credit: The Mulberry Project)

During the turn of the 20th century, there was an influx of immigrants from various nations that migrated to America. As Italians came to New York, many of them settled in what is known as Little Italy. Once a bustling area, the neighborhood condensed to small section of Mulberry Street. Whether people are heading to the annual San Gennaro Feast, or just walking around, here are some must-visit spots.

Angelo's of Mulberry Street


146 Mulberry Street
New York 10013

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TO EAT: One of the most prominent restaurants in Little Italy has served the community since 1902. Angelo's of Mulberry Street brings authentic Southern Italian cuisine to the streets of Manhattan. Serving celebrities and dignities throughout decades -- including former President Ronald Reagan --Angelo's of Mulberry Street consistently delivers renowned service and food. As people walk into the quaint restaurant, they will feel like they are whisked away to Italian trattoria in the hills of Sicily. Diners might have a hard time deciding on what to order, but they can't go wrong with some of their signature dishes --including Capellini Angelo with angel hair pasta, mozzarella and rugola in a spicy tomato sauce or the Rigatoni Vodka.

Italian-American Museum
(Credit: Italian-American Museum)

Italian American Museum

155 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

TO DISCOVER: As Italian began migrating to America, many flocked to the streets of Little Italy. In honor of the community, the Italian American Museum brings the vibrant past to the present. The museum is located in the former Banca Stabile, which provided financial services to newly-arrived Italian immigrants and communication to family back in Italy and in 2001. With rotating and permanent exhibits, people will learn the struggles Italian-Americans faced as they entered a new country, as well as the achievements and contributions they added to the American culture.

(Credit: Ferrara)


195 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013

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TO INDULGE: A visit to Little Italy is not complete without stopping by Ferrara. This pastry wonderland serves decadent desserts that will have everyone craving a sweet treat. As people walk into the neighborhood staple, the aromas of espresso and sounds of Italian music fill the room. While it might be hard to choose just on dessert, people can enjoy signature Italian dessert including cannoli and tiramisu.

Rossi E & Company

193 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013

TO SHOP: Besides the traditional tourist shops that are filled with t-shirts and other things New Yorkers avoid buying, people will be surprised to stumble upon Rossi E & Company. Located next to Ferrara, this shop is filled with Italian music and knickknacks that are ideal for the kitchen. Shoppers might even be treated to song by the owner, Erine Rossi, who wrote the song "Fa L'Amore Con Me" for his departed wife.

The Mulberry Project
(Credit: The Mulberry Project)

The Mulberry Project

149 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 10013

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TO DRINK: While Little Italy is filled with restaurants and stores that have been around for decades, there is a new spot on the block that has gained popularity. The Mulberry Project, a subterranean speakeasy highlighting the street culture of Manhattan, brings craft cocktails to chic setting. While people are drawn to the expansive bar, there is back room that hosts renowned DJs on a nightly basis.

John Friia is a freelance journalist and native New Yorker writing about food, drinks and lifestyle. You can follow his adventures on Instagram.

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