Home of the annual San Gennaro Festival, Little Italy stretches from Canal to Houston Street between Lafayette Street and the Bowery. These days, however, you’ll find the truest Old World Italian vibe in the area directly surrounding Mulberry Street.
Duck into one of the swanky cafes lining Mulberry (such as the stylish La Nonna, rustic Paesano’s, or polished Da Nico Ristorantes) for a meal. You can also just stop by Capri to enjoy classic pizza in a variety of styles.
Thanks to Italian-American filmmakers, this part of the city is often romanticized. But it wasn’t always that way! During the 19th century, many Italian immigrants poured into the area. They lived simply but never lost sight of Old World traditions that they brought. Little Italy still is a food paradise with its overhaul of ethnic eateries. For example, visitors can grab a cannoli from the “Cannoli King” at Caffe Palermo.
If you’re dieting, you can just enjoy the sight of hanging meats and stacked cans of imported extra-virgin olive oil. Seafood lovers can get their fill of shellfish at Umberto’s Clam House. Whether you dine, browse, or “parli Italiano” with locals, this area of Manhattan has an aura as welcoming as Tuscan breezes.