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Old 10-02-2016, 07:36 AM
 
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Is there certain cities in the South with a large number of Italian Americans?
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Old 10-02-2016, 08:45 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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No, not really. They tended to spread out more in Southern cities.
If any Southern city had a significant Italian presence early on, it was New Orleans...especially the Quarter. They were responsible for opening many of the restaurants and grocery stores there. but as far as a neighborhood that was dominated by them like the Northeastern cities, no.
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Old 10-02-2016, 09:09 AM
 
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The south doesn't have a lot of "ethnic enclaves" for Italians - at least not broadly speaking. I will say that many Italian families in the South aren't 100% Italian at all. Many Italian men in the south actually married southern Anglo/white women, and their families were ethnically diluted for the following generations. This was particularly evident in southern cities like Birmingham Alabama, where a very identifiable Italian community flourished in a section of town named "Ensley"..then that part of town went downhill and the families were dispersed throughout the city at a much later date.Italians in Birmingham were discriminated against even in housing. But to this day, there are clear cultural vestiges in families such as Bruno, Ferlisi, Romeo, Lovoy. Birmingham even had an active "Roma Club".They also were integrated with other Mediterranean groups in Birmingham such as Greeks, and a ton of Christian Syrians and Lebanese. Birmingham is a pretty strong example, but no such much anymore because of constant acculturation and race-mixing. Tampa, Florida is another strong historical example, but with much less loss of cultural identity or intermarriage with local Anglos/lwhites.


Yes New Orleans at one time was a good example for Italian enclaves/culture, but now not so much. New Orleans is mostly a totally black city with a strange and bogus claim to have affinity with French history, Cajun and Creole culture...which has no current reflection of reality in the black people who populate and run the city at this time. The Italians there seem to be dispersed now
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:28 AM
 
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I would second what others have said about that. From what I have heard, the largest Italian market in the Southeastern United States though, is Mazzaro's, in St. Petersburg, FL
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Old 10-02-2016, 10:58 AM
 
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I would second what others have said about that. From what I have heard, the largest Italian market in the Southeastern United States though, is Mazzaro's, in St. Petersburg, FL
I love Mazzaro's. On the other side of the bay in Tampa you've got Italian delis and bakeries as well: Cacciatore Bros., Angelo's and Alessi. It rather suggests that this city has a rather established community as well.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:29 AM
 
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New Orleans and Galveston are the only southern cities I know of that have any significant amount of Italian heritage in their roots.
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Old 10-02-2016, 11:32 AM
 
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Yes New Orleans at one time was a good example for Italian enclaves/culture, but now not so much. New Orleans is mostly a totally black city with a strange and bogus claim to have affinity with French history, Cajun and Creole culture...which has no current reflection of reality in the black people who populate and run the city at this time. The Italians there seem to be dispersed now
"Mostly" or "totally"?
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:48 PM
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Yes New Orleans at one time was a good example for Italian enclaves/culture, but now not so much. New Orleans is mostly a totally black city with a strange and bogus claim to have affinity with French history, Cajun and Creole culture...which has no current reflection of reality in the black people who populate and run the city at this time. The Italians there seem to be dispersed now
Black/Creole culture is New Orleans. lol
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:54 PM
 
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Most of the cities in Louisiana have or had an Italian community. It isn't as pronounced as NYC or New Jersey, but nevertheless they existed. Most of them came here to farm and grocer.
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Old 10-02-2016, 12:59 PM
 
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New Orleans metro greater area (Biloxi to Pensacola), all of Louisiana,Galveston and Tampa have the most Italian influence in the South.
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