About & History

For over 100 years, Little Italy’s rich culture and history has inspired creativity amongst its residents and visitors.

This charming neighborhood continues to be a hot spot for award winning cuisine, trendy artwork, and one of a kind boutiques.

One of Cleveland’s most cherished communities, Little Italy is conveniently located just minutes from downtown and steps away from the artsy University Circle neighborhood. Home to an eclectic mix of century old housing as well as modern and contemporary developments, Little Italy offers a wide variety of living options across the walkable village.

A brief history of Little Italy in Cleveland

The unique, artistic neighborhood of Little Italy began with none other than an artist. Joseph Carrabelli, an Italian sculptor, settled in the area in the mid 1800s and began building his famous stone and marble works, many of which can still be seen today.

When immigrants moved west seeking opportunities to work, many Italian families settled in what we now know as Cleveland’s Little Italy to work for Carrabelli. Over the decades, Little Italy has become a neighborhood prized for its restaurants, beautiful galleries, professional businesses, and scenic streets filled with art. Little Italy is home to two schools and the historic Holy Rosary church.


Little Italy is conveniently located within walking distance of University Circle – Cleveland’s cultural district. Here you’ll find Case Western Reserve University, Severance Hall – where the Cleveland Orchestra performs, The Cleveland Museum of Art,  the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Western Reserve Historical Society, and Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Each year, thousands of visitors flock to this cultural hub to experience a vast array of world-class attractions.


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