A state of 3.5 million residents situated between New York City and Boston, Connecticut is rich in Italian tradition in many of its cities, but none has a wider national influence than New Haven. In fact, some in “the nutmeg state” say that “Elm City” is home to the best pizza in America.

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Italian Neighborhood Guide: Little Italy New Haven, CT

On Sunday, September 25th, the feast of San Gennaro comes to a close. This ends the 10-day festival of local food vendors like Lucy’s Steaks, Danny on the Corner Hot Zeppoles, and so many more. There have been religious processions of the statue of San Gennaro down Mulberry street, while street performers play, and eating

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The Feast of San Gennaro Comes to a Close

New York City’s 96th San Gennaro festival was in full swing at 1 pm on Wednesday when the Third Annual Zeppole Eating Contest was set to begin. The crowd was standing room only at the stage on the corner of Mott and Grand Street, just off the main festival route on Mulberry Street.

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Sweet Ending For Third Annual Zeppole Eating Contest 

Little Italy in New York City is a popular attraction for visitors to the Big Apple. It once spanned 30 blocks in the lower east side, boarded by Lafayette and the Bowery and Kenmare to Worth Street. Today, it is north of Chinatown, restricted to solely Mulberry Street. People will know recognize it as the location of films like The Godfather, Mean Streets, and Analyze This.

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Italian Neighborhood Guide: Exploring Mulberry Street, New York City’s Little Italy

Milan is widely regarded as Italy’s fashion capital, home to world-renowned luxury designer brands such as Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. The northern industrial city has carved a spot out for itself as one of the world’s top fashion cities, joining the ranks of legendary giants such as New York City, Paris, and London to form a group known as the “Big Four.”

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Fashion Week Returns to Milan

San Gennaro is one of the patron saints of Naples, Italy and his feast day is celebrated each year on September 19th in Italy and beyond. When you hear the name San Gennaro, you might be transported to memories of street festivals and the delicious smell of zeppole, sausage and peppers. In Italy, San Gennaro is profoundly connected to the history, tradition, and religion of Naples. But who was San Gennaro and why do we celebrate this famous saint?

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Who was San Gennaro?

For the people of Danbury, CT the San Gennaro festival that took place last week was not only a story of tradition and heritage but also one of triumph. While festivals dedicated to the patron saint of Naples have existed in other American cities for generations, (Manhattan’s Little Italy is celebrating its 104th 11-day festival this week) Danbury’s five-day long celebration was its first ever.

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Danbury’s first Feast of San Gennaro

When Italian immigrants migrated to Manhattan’s Little Italy, “Piccola Italia,” in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s, they brought their customs, food, and language, including religious feasts and processions. The feast of San Gennaro, the patron saint and protector of the city of Naples, Italy, has been celebrated in Little Italy each year since 1926 along Mulberry Street between Canal and Houston Streets.

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San Gennaro Feast in Little Italy

Born in Vinci, Florence in 1452, Leonardo was truly a Renaissance man. His passion for art and science extended to painting, sculpting, architecture, anatomy, and more—it would be difficult to list subjects he wasn’t interested in! Out of his many works, both finished and unfinished, the most famous include his enigmatic portrait the Mona Lisa,

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Leonardo Da Vinci- a True Renaissance man

The British monarch always had a strong connection to Italy. Her reign of 70 years and 214 days was the longest of any British monarch and the second-longest recorded of any monarch of a sovereign country.
The Queen went to Italy five times, warming the hearts of the Italian people.

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Elizabeth II – Italy’s adopted Queen