South Philadelphia's Little Italy and 9th Street Italian Market

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From forest and field to thriving neighborhood, explore the Italian influence in building, markets and maybe even a pizza pie, all in South Philly's Little Italy. What is now referred to as Little Italy was priginally called Irishtown when the first Italian moved to the area near Catherine Street around 1798, mostly forest and field in the middle of colonial Pennsylvania. By 1852, an Italian church had been established for the community, and from the advent of mass migration beginning in 1876 grew into Philadelphia's Little Italy. Many of the early families - Baldi, Pinto, and Fiorella - established businesses in the area that continue today. Other beautiful buildings still left standing are remnants of the once thriving banking industry in this little neighborhood. As time progressed, the market expanded beyond its local neighbors, and Italians throughout Philadelphia developed their own Little Italy communities to the north, west, and farther south of the original boundaries.
ISBN: 9781467116732
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Pennsylvania
Series: Images of America
Images: 182
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Michael DiPilla is a Philadelphia native who grew up in one of the newer Little Italy neighborhoods of Philadelphia. He was schooled at one of the many Italian National schools. He has lived in Italy and has traveled extensively throughout the United States, visiting Little Italy neighborhoods where he can. His love of Italians and the culture's unique neighborhoods throughout the country have inspired him to write this book.
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