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Old 07-01-2009, 04:42 PM
 
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blogdowntown: Big Night for 'Little Italy'

Looks like there's something in the works to bring Little Italy back into L.A.:
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DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES At the Los Angeles Historic Italian Hall Foundation's First Annual "Taste Of Italy" on Saturday night, Councilman Tom LaBonge won over the Pico House crowd with a prototype district sign that read "Little Italy." It was presented in between opera sets and servings of wine, pastas and pizza.

The borders of what would make up a Little Italy would certainly take debate. The Italian community in Los Angeles was originally centered in land that is today occupied by Chinatown.



Still, one of the signs could go by the Italian Hall, where the Foundation plans to build a museum on the second floor.
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Old 07-01-2009, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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blogdowntown: Big Night for 'Little Italy'

Looks like there's something in the works to bring Little Italy back into L.A.:
That makes sense as I remember the Italian section or Little Italy as a very young child, more from what I heard than actually remembering, Boyle Heights was pretty much the Italian community in the 40s. I can imagine they moved slightly from China Town. As long as I can remember, Chinatown was just north of the main downtown area.. I guess if you think about the old restaurant "little JOes' which was right on the border of China Town it makes even more sense...
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:24 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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I used to consider San Pedro sort of a "Little Italy" but that was in a different time, demographics have changed.
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:26 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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Although not a little Italy, I'm surprised no one has mentioned San Pedro. There is a large population of Italian descendants in San Pedro and Rancho PV. Many Italian immigrants settled in the area years ago and became a big part of the, all but now gone, commercial fishing industry in Pedro and Long Beach.

Unfortunately, there is little that remains of the local Italian culture that was there 20-yrs ago. And yes, I know, I married into an Italian fishing family. Ciao.
Bingo!
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Old 07-02-2009, 12:27 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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I Really Am Glad I Found This Particular Forum.i Live Upstate Ny Now,but I Grew Up In Long Beach Calif.during The Mid To Late 50s.both Of My Parents Are Italian And Every Weekend Was A Ritualistic Shopping Experience.we Would Go To Pinnochios Italian Deli In Lakewood,near Del Amo And Then To Santa Fe Importers, I Think In North Long Beach,and Maybe Once A Month Down To San Pedro To The Fish Market On The Wharf.there Wer A Couple Of Brothers From Italy And They Used To Sell Baccala,dried Codfish And All Kinds Of Seafood.i Liked The Smoked Swordfish,was Fresh Off The Boat As Was All Of The Fish And Those Were The Days.no One Really Did Not Have Much Money,so We As A Family,would Go Down To San Pedro And Play On Those Sea Rocks With Holes In Them,not To Far From The Fish Market.my Parents Got Married Down In Wilmington After They Left New York.and What A Trip Down Memmory Lane.my Uncle Pasquale Had Quite A Few Beauty Shops In And Around Long Beach And Downey,at That Time .and My Uncle Frank Was A Barber In Lakewood.so I Would Say There Was A Scattering Of Italians,spread Out Like A Rolling Pin(pardon The Pun)in And Around Long Beach,lakewood,and I Think Mostly In San Pedro And Wilmington.i Think Those Areas Near The Water Reminded Them Of The Old Country.i'm Sitting Here Crying While Typing...lots Of Good Memories Always.and We Should Never,ever Forget Where We Came From.my Uncle Pat Said To The Whole Family After My Grammas Funeral That When We Lose The Matriarch Of The Family,it Is Kinda Hard To Keep Everyone Glued Anymore.i Would Love To Hear Some Fond Memories From All Of You,because In All Of Our Hearts There Will Always Be A Little Italyciao!
Some sweet memories there!
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Old 07-12-2010, 02:24 AM
 
Location: Cali
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I used to consider San Pedro sort of a "Little Italy" but that was in a different time, demographics have changed.
Boy is that ever true!
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