In the mid 1800s an Italian sculpture Joseph Carrabelli, began his famous granite and marble works at the top of the ‘hill’ on Mayfield Rd. The area between the railroad and the top of the ‘hill’ became home to Carrabelli and the many Italian families that came to Cleveland to work, and Little Italy was born. Today the traditions hold strong with the rich cultural heritage and the spirit of artistry that Joseph Garabelli began over 130 years ago. Over 20 galleries, 15 restaurants, many professional-service businesses, two schools and Holy Rosary Church thrive in this village. Historic Little Italy in Cleveland, Ohio is located adjacent to the city’s cultural district, University Circle. Case Western Reserve University, museums, our world famous symphony, and botanical garden are within walking distance to Little Italy. Thousands of visitors and loyal patrons come to dine, shop and be entertained.
Little Italy businesses are open year round. Known for its Art Galleries and the finest Italian cuisine, Little Italy is host to the City’s famous Art Walks, The Feast of the Assumption, the Columbus Day Parade, Taste of Little Italy, Bocce Tournament and incredible Affesco Summer Nights! During the Summer months and Holiday shopping time there is always something going on that keeps Little Italy the Hot Destination to make memories with friends, family and the first date…Wine Tastings, receptions, live entertainment…stay plugged-in with us and up-to-date!