Little Italy Neighborhood-Kansas City MO-Italian Food Little Italy Commu nity

Hearing about a Little Italy Neighborhood in Kansas City, some newer residents seem surprised. Little Italy is famous in New York, but locals also know that the Columbus Park area has historically been Kansas City's Italian neighborhood. Although ethnic lines are less distinctly drawn than in years past, the unique character of the neighborhood remains, making the area well worth a stop.

Unlike other Little Italys that bleed into other neighborhoods, Columbus Park has firm boundaries thanks to the Missouri River on one side and the Heart of America bridge on the other. As one of Kansas City's oldest immigrant neighborhoods, it has also had plenty of time to develop social infrastructure and culture.

The main business area of this neighborhood is found along 5th street, where there are many restaurants and ethnically themed grocery shops. Retailers also line 5th street. The other heart of the community is the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Built in 1895, the Church was the result of petitioning by the local Italian community for a church. Bells still toll on Sunday mornings and services have continued in the building for more than 100 years. Neighbors stroll into services and chatter, providing a great view for those who enjoy people watching, group dynamics, and societal studies.

Some good places to stop in the area to taste and experience other elements of the neighborhood include Garazzo's Ristorante, LaSala's Deli, and LaRocca's Grocery. Traditional foods and products are sold in all of these, and visitors to the area may also want to include a stop over to Vocci's Italian Products for a further fix.

The area is quite safe for walking, and families with children are welcomed. Many shops are closed Sunday mornings, but there are still many restaurants open throughout the weekend to accommodate visitors. Local residents are also more than willing to share stories about growing up in the area with those who inquire.

Amy Thompson
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Jun 24, 2009 @ 8:08 am
I'm am searching for my biological father and believe he was born in this area. His adopted name was George Jerry Gebhardt, I believe his biological last name was Ford. His mother gave him up at birth. Can anyone recognize this last name? I need all the help I can get.
Thank you so much!
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Sep 11, 2012 @ 3:15 pm
I'm looking for information on my Italian family. My greatgrandfather was Frank Trocosso he is and imagrant. I have pic of a grocery and deli which has Trocosso on the window and greatgrandmother out front with kids. My grandfathers name was John. Brothers were Angelo, George, Leon, and three sisters. any info on my Greatgrandfather would be great. Thank-you!
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Nov 1, 2012 @ 11:23 pm
Hello Nancy Schuler, i happen to come across this site looking for info on my family and noticed we have the same greatgrandfather "Frank Trocosso"! George Trocosso is my grandpa. Pictures or any info on my family would be great! Thanks
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Feb 16, 2015 @ 9:21 pm
I need help finding my fathers birth parents or any relatives. His adopted name was George Jerry Gebhardt. His date of birth was May 3, 1939. Thank you so much
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Feb 28, 2015 @ 10:22 pm
I found out a little more info on my fathers bio family. I believe his birth name was Vivianno. Adopted name was George jerry Gebhardt

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Oct 13, 2016 @ 5:17 pm
I'm wondering if any one remembers a restaurant near Garozzo's that was called Lujaun's? What happened to it and where exactly was it located? 55 years ago we ate there!

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