25 July 2009
A Piece of Italy
Piece of Italy...in Cleveland
We are currently living in the Cleveland area while investigating our employment options and one of the nice things about Cleveland is the strong connection the area has to Italy. Many immigrants over the years have come to this city on the lake to start their new lives and brought a piece of la bella vita along with them.
The most prominent example of this is the section of East Cleveland called “Little Italy”. This is where many of the early immigrants settled into their own close-knit community centered on their church and started their own shops and businesses. Here you will find several restaurants, places for gelato, pastries, some Italian history and of course Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Church…that’s a mouthful! Every year for ferragusto Little Italy celebrates the Feast of the Assumption in true Italian style.
There are other great places for food around town and Gust Gallucci’s Italian Food Market is a regular shopping stop for us. When looking for fresh foods and a little mercato experience the Westside Market is always another great foody location.
The importance of the Italian community in Cleveland is symbolized by the Italian Cultural Garden that anchors part of the Rockefeller Parkway between University Circle and the lakefront. Various nationalities have gardens along this greenbelt but the one representing Italy is one of the largest and most impressive.
So despite being away from Italy we can still find little pieces of “home” wherever we may be.