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 "I have lived in Little Italy since 1957, in the rowhome of my birth. Having traveled, worked and lived in Italy and other parts of Europe, Little Italy always held the strongest attachment in my heart that kept calling me home. A place to experience beautiful music, delicious food, good wine, and everything that keeps us well ... family, faith and friends ... la famiglia, la fede, e gli amici."

~ ROSALINDA MANNETTA, Little Italy resident

Neighborhood News
from Little Italy, Baltimore


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La Scala Ristorante owner Nino Germano at the
Spring Social with volunteers and sisters Christina Scaffidi Wohlfort and Cathy Scaffidi.

The second annual SPRING SOCIAL held April 19 drew over 100 attendees as a networking fundraiser hosted by the nonprofit Promotion Center for Little Italy. La Scala Ristorante donated 10% percent of its bar bill to the Promotion Center in support of its mission to promote the neighborhood, its organizations and businesses, and its Italian heritage. The event raised $1,400. The Promotion Center will plan another event for Fall 2012, potentially titled Tutto Italiano! Stay tuned for forthcoming details and advance ticket information. Grazie tanto to those of you who 'socialized' with us last week!  

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Photos courtesy Antoinette Scaffidi

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Cinema Al Fresco ... 

Little Italy's Open Air Film Fest is held each Friday in July and August at the corner of High & Stiles Streets. Live music and dancing begins at 7pm; movies begin at 9pm. This annual event has been sponsored by the Original LIRA since 1999.  


SPONSOR THE FILM FEST! Reach thousands of movie-goers that flock to Little Italy over the summer. Sponsorships are available at levels between $10 up to $5,000. Email HERE for more info or visit this page on the Promotion Center for Little Italy website to read descriptions.  

  • July 6 Moonstruck (It's tradition that this title is shown to open the Film Fest!) (PG) 102 minutes - Acclaimed romantic comedy about the lives and loves of an extended Italian-American family in Brooklyn NY. 
  • July 13 The Godfather (R) 175 minutes - Follows the fortunes of the fictitious Corleones, a powerful family with its own separate code of honor, justice, law and loyalty.
  • July 20 From Here To Eternity (NR) 118 minutes - World War II drama chronicles the lives and loves of soldiers on an army base in Honolulu days before the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor.
  • July 27 Buona Sera Mrs. Campbell (NR) 111 minutes - Three Army buddies attend a reunion in the small Italian village where they were stationed during World War II. All three are under the impression they have fathered Mrs. Campbell's child.
  • August 3 Letters To Juliet (PG) 105 minutes - When a young American travels to Verona in Italy, she joins a group of volunteers who respond to letters to Juliet seeking advice about love.
  • August 10 Come September (NR) 112 minutes - A New York millionaire spends one month each year in an Italian villa with his sweetheart. When he shows up early one year he finds his love-nest crawling with young tourists.
  • August 17 The Talented Mr. Ripley (R) 139 minutes - A wealthy American industrialist hires Tom Ripley to fetch his wayward-playboy son back to America. Ripley becomes obsessed with the son's posh lifestyle and his beautiful expatriate girlfriend and makes that life his own.
  • August 24 When In Rome (PG-13) 93 minutes - A New Yorker travels to Rome to see her newlywed sister and impulsively steals some coins from a reputed fountain of love.
  • August 31 Cinema Paradiso (It's tradition that this title is shown to close the Film Fest!) (PG) 123 minutes - In a small Italian town, a young boy is mesmerized by a movie theater and strikes up a dynamic friendship with its warm-hearted projectionist.


Christopher Rhodovi is St. Leo's cantor and music director; photo Tom McCarthy Jr./CR Staff

Opera singer uses his voice, talent in church
by Elizabeth Skalski


Christopher Rhodovi planned to join the military, but God had other plans. In 1996, one month before fulfilling his lifelong dream of joining the U.S. Army, Rhodovi received his one-and-only college acceptance letter from The Peabody Institute of The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.


"It was a sign - God wants me to study music," said Rhodovi, 34. "I said, 'I love music, let's see where it goes.' I started opening my eyes to the fact that there are other things in control that we don't know." 

Read full story online>>>


Midway Casino (Harrington, Delaware)
Tuesday, May 1 

Sponsored by the Senior Program of St. Leo's

Departs 10 am; return 6 pm 

Each person receives a $15 slots voucher and a buffet lunch ticket.
Contact Sister Mary Catherine at 410-727-5880 to register. 


Bronx Little Italy, NY

Thursday, June 21

Sponsored by The Little Italy Lodge #2286   

$35 per person

  • Departs 7:30 am St. Leo's Church, S. Exeter Street
  • Departs 8:15 am Park 'n Ride at Rte 152/Mountain Rd  
  • returns 9:30 pm 

Seating will be assigned with payment. On the way, bus will stop
at the I-95 Delaware House for 30 minutes. Contact Sue Spinnato-Walmsley 443-691-3046 or John Kutz 410-952-2794.


Shady Maple Smorgasbord (East Earl, PA)  

and Sight & Sound Theatre (Lancaster PA, to see Jonah) 

Sponsored by St. Anthony Society of St. Leo's
Thursday, June 14

$98 per person  


After enjoying a bounteous lunch at Shady Maple, bus will proceed to the theatre. Departs St. Leo's 10:45 am; returns 8:30pm. Limited seating. Contact Jerry Elliott 410-561-0199. 

So how many Italian flags were there?
THANKS FOR ITALIAN FLAGPLAYING COUNT THE ITALIAN FLAGS! The correct count was 20 of the flag icon scattered throughout last week's issue of Neighborhood News. Those who counted correctly and emailed their counts were entered into a drawing to win a PROMOTION CENTER FOR LITTLE ITALY green shopping bag. Congrats to KATHY BANKARD of Grasonville MD and AMY MANTEGNA who received tote bags and a Little Italy bumper sticker. Watch for our next 'COUNT THE ICON' contest! In the meantime, if you would like to make a $4 donation to the Promotion Center for Little Italy and receive a green shopping bag by mail, see the ordering info below.
Go green! Order Promotion Center shopping bags
 green tote bag
$4 donation (+$1 shipping)  
Checks payable and mailed to:  
Promotion Center for Little Italy 
c/o 1020 Stiles Street 
Little Italy MD 21202 
or use ... 
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in this issue
Spring Social draws well
2012 Film Fest Movies
St. Leo's cantor on a high note
Hop on the bus Gus!
Italian flag count
Go green with our totebags
Photo blast from past
From our emailbox
Italian 101 - MANGIA!
Win a Fiat 500!
Banalita' (Trivia)
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"I am excited about receiving the newsletter! If I can help out in any way just let me know. I am a huge fan of everything Italian, especially Fr. Luigi Esposito from Our Lady of Pempei and my great uncle, Padre Luigi Trotta."
~Lisa Trotta

Baltimore MD 


"Our group from the Pandola Learning Center thoroughly enjoyed the Spring Social! Many thanks. We are successful because of your hard work and determination."

~Rosalie Ranieri, Learning Center principal; member of board of advisors for Promotion Center for Little Italy  


"Happy 70th Anniversary of June & Drapey Santoro! Her birthday is 4/18/12 (89) and he will be 90 on June 13! They are still dancing and going strong!"

~Diane & Bill   


"The Italian American Club of Frederick would like to visit Little Italy. We are interested in having dinner at one of your many fine restaurants, plus having a guided tour with an historian. We are open to other suggestions so that we can experience Little Italy."

~Leah Johnson  


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quick links
Italian 101
the verb TO EAT    


the verb to eat = mangiare


io mangio = I eat

tu mangi
= you eat (singular)  

lei/lui mangia =
s/he eats

noi mangiamo
= we eat

voi mangiate
= you eat (plural)

loro mangiano
= they eat 

io ho mangiato = I have eaten 
tu hai mangiato = you (singular) have eaten 
lei/lui ha mangiato  = s/he has eaten 
noi abbiamo mangiato  = we have eaten  
voi avete mangiato = you have eaten 
loro hanno mangiato =
they have eaten  


Italian is Fun;
Lively Lessons for Beginners




The Blood & The Rose

Sunday, May 6

12:45 pm

St. Leo's hall


The Respect Life ministry of St. Leo's is hosting a screening of a new documentary that examines the mysteries of the miraculous image of the Virgin Mary,

known as Our Lady of Guadalupe. Filmed throughout Mexico and Spain, this is the first complete story ever told about the miracle and its message embedded into the image of the Virgin Mary who appeared on St. Juan Diego's cloak in 1531.  


RSVP to Annabelle Kubik,

443.851.3009 or Lisa in the parish office 410-675-7275.




According to festival planners for the two summer Italian festivals hosted by St. Leo's parish, all entertainment has been booked for both festivals in June and August. Organizers are not taking more inquiries at this time. Thank you to all those (local and around the country!) who have emailed inquiries about this through the Little Italy website.   


AIAC (Associated Italian American Charities of MD) is raffling a new FIAT 500! Purchase your $50 ticket online here or call 410-

299-3757 or email here. Only 500 tickets will be sold for this drawing to be held June 9 at the AIAC dinner at the Baltimore Hilton. 

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In 1554, when Hernando Cortez returned to the Old World from Mexico, he brought with him a small, fleshy, yellow sphere-shaped fruit which Italians named the pomo d'oro (golden apple). In the course of the next 200 years, thanks to the magical Italian soil, the cherry-like fruits evolved into larger, lusher, ruby-colored tomatoes, much juicier and sweeter than their ancestors. Now the tomato, or pomodoro, is a key ingredient in Italian dishes.  


Source: Living La Dolce Vita
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