Get ready to venture to the very site that Joseph Carabelli created a simple Italian sculpture, and in turn, Ohio's own Italian village! The mid-1800s Italian sculptor created granite and marble works at the top of the "hill" on Mayfield Road, and since then, the area between that hill and the existing railroads has become Cleveland's own Little Italy.
This neighborhood has become a bustling spot for tourism, shopping, authentic Italian cuisine, as well as a community in which local Italian members find a home. The area boasts over 20 art galleries, 15 authentic restaurants, several professional businesses, two schools, and the Holy Rosary Church. With a location directly adjacent to University Circle, this spot is easy to find and even easier to spend your day in!
Little Italy is considered to be a rich cultural village and, as said before, is most widely known for its art galleries and fine Italian cuisine.
While you are here you must try an authentic meal, perhaps from Angelo’s Nido Italia or Valerio’s Place, both offering homemade pasta, cannoli, and gelato! Shopping here is an exciting adventure as well so be sure to stop by the Spuzzillo or Venetian Merchant Markets to pick up your authentic foods, books, and souvenirs from Italy! This historical and cultural district also offers daily and seasonal events, such as art walks, wine tasting, live entertainment, and the famous annual Feast of Assumption, Columbus Day Parade, and Affresco Festival. Your group will really feel like part of the community after spending a little time in Little Italy, and you’re going to feel like you just walked the streets of Europe after the authentic shopping and dining experiences you had the opportunity to do in Italy (Cleveland)!