Nestled among San Jose’s multi-faceted cultural pockets, you’ll find an example of its rich history in Little Italy. Little Italy was the first Italian immigrant neighborhood in San Jose, as one of three, and now stands as the last.
Though Little Italy is only a few blocks long, you’ll find no shortage of delicious food and Italian pride here. The neighborhood is crowned by an iconic 31 foot Little Italy sign, perfect for pictures. Visitors can stop by Henry’s Hi-Life restaurant, which was originally the site of the Torino Hotel, where Italian immigrant field workers would live while working in the fields. Now it serves as Little Italy’s spot for superb BBQ and sparkling atmosphere to enjoy the big game.
If you’re looking for some classic and hearty Italian fare, look no further than Paesano Ristorante Italiano, the cornerstone of Little Italy. Situated right next to the Little Italy sign, the intimate eatery will leave you wishing you had room for more of their delectable bites. Following dinner, guests can stroll to Bel Bacio Imported Italian Coffee for an after-dinner pick me-up before walking the short distance to downtown for a nightcap.
Coming soon to the neighborhood is the Little Italy Cultural Center and Museum, providing a glimpse into the proud Italian history and heritage of San Jose. In the meantime, be sure to check out events and the annual Little Italy Street Festival with authentic food, local bands, entertainment, games and more!