settembre / September 2023
Around the neighborhood
The traditional Feast of Saint Gabriel Italian Festival did not happen last month in Little Italy, however, Saint Leo's Church hosted its traditional Mass and street procession in honor of the saint.
Interested in being a festival vendor or helper? Consider participating in our one-day Italian Heritage Festival Saturday, October 7 in Little Italy. Email Mike Gallerizzo.

$100 fee for a 10 x 10 space, 6' table, 3 chairs, a tent
(while inventory lasts - or bring your own tent)

  • Setup on Friday, October 6 (whatever time you can offer between 3-8pm)
  • Beer & Wine Garden (3-hour time slots between 10am-5pm)
  • Entrance Gates (3-hour time slots between 11am-5pm)
  • Kids' Activities (3-hour time slots between 11am-5pm)
  • Break-down after the festival (whatever time you can offer between 4:30-8 pm)

The Lodge's well-loved Friday Night Dinners in Little Italy continue to be a highlight of our Italian American community's social calendar. Join members and guests on the first and third Fridays of the month for delicious Italian cuisine, heartwarming conversation, laughter, and camaraderie. What a perfect way to unwind at week's end and connect with friends - and meet new ones! In addition to the featured menu item ($14 to $17), attendees may purchase additional food, dessert, and soft/hard beverages. Doors open at 5 pm.


October 6 - Nick Doty
November 3 - Vince Piscopo & Mark DeSimone on accordion & mandolin
November 17 - Chris Montcalmo
Blast from the past
Alfonso Mannetta
Submitted by Rosalinda Mannetta
lifetime Little Italy resident
  • In Carabinieri uniform in Rome, Italia, is my father, Alfonso Mannetta, November 1948
  • On a boat in Calabria, Italia, is my mother, Gioconda Simari, circa 1948
"I am Signorina Rosalinda Gioconda Mannetta, first-generation and proud daughter of professore and carabiniere, Alfonso Mannetta, and Gioconda Simari; honored sister of Elia Mannetta; and mamma of Marco Mannetta. I am a lifetime resident, promoter and defender of Little Italy, having lived at the same address on South Exeter Street since my birth in 1957. I am a lifetime parishioner of St. Leo the Great, alumna of St. Leo's School, member of LINA/Little Italy Neighborhood Association, and a Little Italy Lodge trustee and Arbitration Board member.

For over 16 years, I have taught various levels of la bellissima lingua italiana - the beautiful Italian language - at Pandola Learning Center housed in St. Leo's School. As well, there I began the annual Ferragosto celebration. My brother, Elia, began the Little Italy Lodge #2286 in 1973; the youngest president at that time. At age 15, I was the youngest Recording Secretary. My family and I (especially my brother) have carried Baltimore's Little Italy in our hearts all over the world and have brought countless visitors from around the globe to visit our Piccola Italia. Many times we have initiated twin city exchanges of students and dignitaries."
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Photos must be Little Italy or Italian immigrant-related.
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"Thank you so much for including the ACIM/American Citizens for Italian Matters gala flyer and information about what ACIM does. You are wonderful. Loved reading about Mount Rushmore ... will add the book you mentioned on my book list. Thanks so much for all
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~ Maureen Chandler

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~ Susanne Spinnato Walmsley

"I am so happy for you to have seen Mount Rushmore and thrilled that you shared it with us. The story is amazing. I pray to God this country will continue to venerate Rushmore with all its due respect and honor deserved. So many dear treasures have been thrashed in recent years with little wisdom and even less judgement. First time I saw the Leaning Tower of Pisa, my mind went numb as the child of an Italian mason. Thanking YOU for everything you do for this circulation and community!"
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"Thank you for sharing your story about Mount Rushmore! While I had heard/knew an Italian immigrant had been the chief carver, and as the grandson of four Italian immigrants - like yourself - it still filled my heart with pride!"
~ Greg Pannoni

"Just wanted to compliment you on the excellent work on all of your publications. Great layout with all we need to know about the neighborhood. I look forward to it regularly. Thanks for all you do."
~ Mike Caruso 

"The newsletter looks great! Thanks so much for including the news and requests regarding the Italian Heritage Festival on October 7." 
~ Mike Gallerizzo

"So thankful for the Little Italy Lodge Foundation awarding my daughter, Isabella, another scholarship. It has helped us tremendously and we are very appreciative."
~ Roland Keh, former owner of Amicci's Restaurant, Little Italy
  • (Editor's note: Isabella Keh's name was incorrectly listed in the August issue as Isabella Keh Elliott. The Elliott name was for her Jerome & Angela Elliott Scholarship for $6,000.)

"A great story of one of our Italian ancestors. Mount Rushmore is also on my list of places to visit."
~ Vincent Savarese

"Un gran ringraziamento! Thank you for the writeup and promotion of Filitalia Baltimore in your newsletter. It is so nicely done! We are very appreciative!"
~ Dr. Elizabeth Pease, Filitalia Baltimore Chapter President

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~ Albert Marra

"About a year ago through your organization, I was in touch with someone who was descended from the same family as I am - the Puccia family in Revere and Boston, Massachusetts. I have forgotten her name and do not have her contact info. Is anyone able to put me in touch with her?"
~ Steve MacKinnon (please email Steve directly if you have info)
Fall Events
Sunday, September 17
Volunteer Social
St. Leo's Church

Saturday, September 23
Padre Pio Mass & Brunch
by Knights of Columbus
St. Leo's Church

Fri-Sun, Sept 29 - Oct 1
Maryland Italian Festival
by Society of Italian
American Businessmen
(Equestrian Center,
Harford County)
Saturday, October 7
Italian Heritage Festival
by Italian Heritage Committee
(along streets of Little Italy)

Saturday, October 7
Festival Bocce Tournament
by Italian American Bocce League
(Little Italy courts, Stiles St.)

Sunday, October 15
Columbus Gala
Honoring Don Castronova
by Grand Lodge of Maryland
(Columbus Gardens,
Nottingham MD)
Saturday, October 21
Cinquanta! 50 Year Gala
Little Italy Lodge

Sunday, October 29
Carryout Ravioli Dinner
St. Leo's Church

Saturday, November 4
La Passeggiata Gala
by ACIM / American Citizens
for Italian Matters
(Martin's Valley Mansion,
Cockeysville MD)

Saturday, November 18
Bocce Bull & Oyster Roast
by Italian American Bocce League
(Superior Catering, Baltimore)
A fabulous afternoon planned!

  • Variety of Italian delicacies by Little Italy restaurants, Little Italy Lodge, St. Leo's Church, and other food establishments
  • Wine & Beer Garden featuring Italian products and other beverages
  • Music by Small Miracle and two of the Monaldi Brothers playing Italian and other music
  • Large tented seating area, one with a big-screen TV to watch baseball
  • Game wheels of chance
  • Italian wares and other items offered by vendors
  • Sausage-eating contest
  • Bocce tournament
  • Kids' area with face-painting, caricatures, balloon artist, games and more
It was 1973 when the Little Italy Lodge opened its doors and here they are 50 years later, still cooking pasta, drinking vino, and hosting a multitude of fun community events. You do NOT want to miss their Anniversary Gala! To purchase, email one of these members: Jean Kelley, Cynthia Raperto or Carol Caiazzo. Tickets also available during Lodge Friday Night Dinners.
ACIM / American Citizens for Italian Matters is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, an Italian American women’s group which supports several large endowments at Maryland colleges, as well as hosts holiday events for the children at Villa Maria. Event includes delicious food, premium open bar, raffles, baskets, and live music!
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  • $ 200 - Dues for memberships in Italian organizations
  • $1,300 - Miscellaneous expenses, booklet ads, donations in support of various Little Italy organizations
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