Authentic Italian American Businesses
Cultural Center & Museum
Little Italy San Jose Festival
Downtown San Jose Landmark
The Mission of Little Italy San Jose is to honor the contributions of Italian-American Immigrants to Santa Clara County by maintaining a Neighborhood, Museum & Cultural Center where people of all ethnicities can gather, and celebrate our rich Italian heritage & culture.
Little Italy San Jose was founded in 2010 by current President
Joshua DeVincenzi Melander. Little Italy San Jose officially received it's tax exempt status in 2010 after initially having a donor advised fund with the Silicon Valley Community Foundation to sell engraved bricks to raise funds for the Gateway Arch. Early supporters of the initial founding were former Board Member and Co-Founder Debbie Caminiti, current board member, Sergio Oliveri and Advisory Board members Helen Marchese Owen and John A. Sobrato. Little Italy San Jose's 1st Gala in 2009 and the Engraved Brick campaign were some of the initial fundraising events.
River Street Historic District
We successfully raised $77,000 & solicited over $100,000 in In-Kind contributions to install a 31 foot Arch on March 27th, 2015.
This signature Arch is the focal point for Little Italy and a new landmark for the City of San Jose.
Little Italy Cultural Center & Museum
Restored the 1910 "Beltramo" home as the Italian Cultural Center & Museum. In the process of establishing exhibits and programming.
Converted the basement of the museum to a prohibition era bar named the "Italian Cellar"
Highlighting the numerous contributions Italian American have made to Santa Clara County
CelebratING the our rich Italian culture & heritage
Little Italy San Jose has installed over 30 Banners of prominent Italian Americans on the light poles of the adjacent Guadalupe River Park. The banners honor the achievements Italian Americans have contributed to Santa Clara County.
Little Italy San Jose is a 501c3 organization that is revitalizing San Jose’s original Italian settlement dating back to the 1880s. It is located in the River Street Historic District and is the oldest historic district in San Jose. Little Italy San Jose and dedicated partners have redeveloped several historic homes in the Little Italy San Jose business district and neighborhood.
Some of the businesses which make up the Little Italy San Jose business district, include Paesano Ristorante, Enoteca La Storia, Henry's Hi-Life and the future home of the Little Italy Cultural Center & Museum, and Famiglia Meduri's Poor House Bistro.