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Explore Little Italy

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Explore Little Italy

Published Jan 1, 2018
Updated Nov 4, 2019

In the mid-1800’s, 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 Carrabelli began more than 130 years ago.

Currently, more than 20 galleries, 15 restaurants, many professional-service businesses, two schools and Holy Rosary Church thrive in this village. 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 Alfresco Summer Nights!

Historic Little Italy in Cleveland, Ohio is located adjacent to the city’s cultural district, University Circle. Case Western Reserve University, museums, their world famous symphony, and botanical garden are within walking distance to Little Italy.

Corbo’s Bakery

This classic Italian bakery in Little Italy has been Cleveland’s favorite for everything from cannolis to wedding cakes. Their handmade desserts are incredibly delicious and they’re a must do stop during a visit to the neighborhood

Little Italy Wines

You’ll find all of your favorite Italian wines here along with many you’ve not yet tried. The perfect way to wind up a visit to Little Italy. They also offer a wide array of cheeses to compliment any wine, weekly wine tastings and Italian gifts and jewelry. The staff are very knowledgeable and helpful and make this a fun store to visit any time of the day.

Mia Bella

An Italian restaurant with a Mediterranean twist located in the heart of Cleveland’s historic Little Italy. They want their guests to feel entirely welcome at Mia Bella, and to plan on spending time with them as if you are guests in their home.


Small, quaint and overflowing with an authentic Italian restaurant vibe. All dishes are authentic and handmade daily. Specializing in Italian cuisine, Valerio's has been a staple in Cleveland's own Little Italy for 21 years.

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