maggio / May 2023
Promotion Center for Little Italy
honors Pastore Family's
5 generations in business
business to business breakfast
Promotion Center for Little Italy, Baltimore, hosted its premier Business to Business Breakfast in Little Italy April 26 which attracted 55 attendees, as the Pastore Family was honored for five generations in business. Saluti to Michael Pastore and his family, a household name in Baltimore's Italian American community for 125 years - since 1898 -( including Sun of Italy line of products. Ray Alcaraz, co-founder of Promotion Center, presented a framed certificate to Pastore, and Maryland State Delegate, Nino Mangione, presented a Proclamation. Thanks to Chef Will Sterling of Saturday Morning Cafe (formerly Ciao Bella) in Little Italy, who prepared a hearty breakfast.

"I want to thank you for the wonderful job you did to honor my family," said Michael Pastore. "It was a great honor which you bestowed on my family and I will never forget it."

Pastore's is an Italian wholesale distributor originating in 1898 by Michael's great-grandparents, Vincenzo & Cira Garofalo, who opened a grocery and produce store in Baltimore at 1007 E. Lombard Street. They passed the business to Michael's grandparents, Frank & Mary Pastore in 1960, then to his dad, Uncle Vince and Aunt Shirley.

"I came into the picture in the late 1960's when my dad decided to get more involved with the wholesale side of the business and purchased the property at 815 E. Pratt Street," said Pastore. "That was at the corner of Pratt & Albemarle Streets, which later became known as the 'Gateway to Little Italy.' I took over running the wholesale business in the early 1990s. I am the fourth generation and my children are the fifth." As of 1989, the warehouse and offices have been situated on E. Lombard Street in Highlandtown. View timeline & history >>>

pastore certificate
Mount Saint Joseph hosts
Italian and bocce clubs
Mt. St. Joe Italian Club
Mount Saint Joseph High School in Irvington, Maryland, offers a full Italian language program for students to study four years of Italian language instruction: Italian I, II, and III classes (at both College Prep and Honors levels), and Advanced Placement/Italian IV. The Italian Language & Culture program, in its tenth year, grew out of practice of beginning Italian language in Mount Saint Joseph's World Languages Club, established 20+ years ago. The program is led by Dr. Elizabeth Scali Pease, Ph.D. (pictured), instructor of French and Italian, World Languages Department, and moderator of World Languages Club and Bocce Club.

The Bocce Club is for students to relax and enjoy some friendly competition after school. Pictured is Dr. Pease's enthusiastic Italian II Honors class in the classroom and outside on the campus' bocce courts.

"I attended the Promotion Center for Little Italy Business to Business breakfast last month to support Mike Pastore, a 1966 graduate of Mount Saint Joseph High School," said George Andrews, President of Mount Saint Joseph. "We have a long legacy of graduates who grew up in Little Italy and/or have a family business in the neighborhood."

Mount Saint Joseph is a Catholic, college preparatory school for young men sponsored by the Xaverian Brothers.

Separately from MSJ language programs and clubs, the new Baltimore Chapter of Filitalia International was established this year and supports the promotion, protection and preservation of Italian language and culture. It is anchored in the school's Italian language program and community with a mission to promote fellowship and build youth scholarship opportunities - for the love of all things Italian.

Photos courtesy Mount Saint Joseph High School
The Italian Festival Committee is working hard to bring you St. Leo's annual traditional FEAST of SAINT ANTHONY FESTIVAL June 2-4.
Check out this solid list of vendors, stands, and activities.
Plan to join us!


  • Alpha Omega Imports - olive oil, spices, balsamic vinegar, salt
  • Art by Barton 
  • Autograph Memorabilia - Silent Auction
  • Avon - cosmetic, skin care, fragrance products
  • Bob Bell Nissan/Kia - auto dealership
  • Bracelets by Design - jewelry
  • Bubbas Mining Co - mining buckets, crystal carvings 
  • Charm City Fabrication - Italian millefiori jewelry
  • Columbia Pawtisserie - Dog biscuits & treats
  • Corky Crafts - wreaths, wine bottle charms, cork boxes
  • Davidus Cigars
  • Etsy Shop, Toby Rivkin - ceramic art
  • Freshies by Stephy - car fresheners
  • Furever Gracie - pet products 

  • Italian Photography & Framed Art
  • John's Italian Ice, soft pretzels, hot dogs
  • Juniper Flower & Herb Farm 
  • Lo Bello Imports - hand-painted Italian ceramics
  • MFG Toffee
  • Olmo Brothers Nursery & Farm - pasta, vinegar, polenta, rice
  • Raw Blossom - bath & body
  • Scentsy - candles and scents
  • Succulent Scents by Stacey - candles
  • T. Creative Company - wooden figurines & jewelry
  • The Nut Cart
  • Waffle-Licious (Little Italy) - bubble waffles with fresh made ice cream, coffee, shakes
  • Wild Bill Sports Apparel

*List is as of May 11, subject
to additions/deletions


  • 50/50 Raffle
  • Baltimore Hoop Love - stilt walker, balloon animals, hula hoops, bubbles
  • Beer trucks
  • Daughters of Isabella - kids crafts
  • Face painting
  • Game Wheels - Italian baskets, Mugs of $Money$, Wine & Biscotti
  • Italian swag products
  • Johns Hopkins - nurse recruitment
  • Kids' Games Trailer
  • Knights of Columbus
  • LINA/Little Italy Neighborhood Association 
  • Little Italy Lodge - Italian-related merchandise
  • Pandola Adult Learning Center 
  • Parish-hosted Italian food & drink stands
  • Pull Tab Game (instant winning)
  • SIAB/Society Italian American Businessmen 
  • St. Vincent Pallotti Society
  • Saint Anthony Society
  • University of Maryland Medical Center 
  • VIVA
  • Theme Baskets Raffle (spa, sports, Italian, etc.)

Taste of Italy dinner serves fun, raises funds,
for Scholarship Foundation
Another successful Taste of Italy event was held April 23 at the Sons of Italy Little Italy Lodge. This popular annual fundraiser is always a sellout and benefits the Little Italy Lodge Foundation. Chef Christa Bruno prepared mouthwatering Italian dishes, from antipasti to fish - all plates were delicious, made even better with a pairing vino. "It was an amazing day," said Christopher Pisano, Little Italy Lodge's newest president, "and I look forward to the dinner next year!" The Foundation has started the important task of determining its next scholarship awardees from the applications and essays entered. "We wish all applicants the best of luck!" says Pisano. The Foundation’s mission is to award educational scholarships to eligible Lodge members and their descendants.

Little Italy Lodge hosts numerous events ...
become a member today! ($60 annual dues)
Non italiano? Non importa!
Social memberships are offered. Email Lodge to inquire.
Blast from the past
Maria Santa Zannino became a funeral director in 1965 and was continuously engaged in the management of the family funeral home, founded in 1958 by her husband, Joseph Zannino. Mrs. Zannino was the recipient of numerous awards for devoted leadership service to the Order of Sons of Italy in America and instrumental in the formation of numerous lodges. She was coordinator of Italian Festivals and Columbus Day parades in Baltimore for many years. Serving as a board member to various associations, she contributed her organizational and interpersonal skills to American Council on Italian Matters, Italian-American Organizations United, and American Society of Italians & Friends. A supporter of Our Lady of Pompei Church and St. Leo the Great Church, Mrs. Zannino was especially devoted to fundraising for children with disabilities, through March of Dimes and Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore City. She died in 2013.
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from our email box
"Thank you for the newsletter. It is with great pleasure to read all about the old neighborhood. What tradition, what a solid neighborhood. God bless all of you."
~ Tom in Monkton, Maryland, S. DiPaula & Sons Seafood

"I want to thank you so much for publishing the article about my family in the Promotion Center newsletter. It is so gratifying to see that their story will be read by other Italian Americans."
~ Cheers, Sally Di Marco

2023 events
aiac logo
AIAC / Associated Italian
American Charities
77th annual

5:30 PM – 11:00 PM
Martin's Valley Mansion
594 Cranbrook Road, Cockeysville MD

  • Dancing to sounds of Klassix
  • Cocktail hour with variety of Italian food and other food stations
  • Fabulous dinner ... Italian dessert table
  • Deluxe open bar - martini bar - wine, bourbon, other tastings
  • Cigar tent with food, open bar, live auction, music by Mike Miano
  • Incredible silent auction
  • Photo booths, card readers, caricature artist, roving magician, raffles

Black Tie optional

Galileo level - $350 pp
DaVinci level - $420 pp

Alex Tarasco 443-865-0970
Mike Gallerizzo 410-385-5046

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since 2010

a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization

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