The Italian American Community in Philly Remains Strong 

New York City has the largest Italian American population in the nation, yet Philadelphia comes in second with most of its Italian Americans primarily living in South Philadelphia. Many Italian immigrants began arriving in South Philadelphia from the northern Italian regions of Liguria and Veneto in the 1860s. According to the 1870 census, there were 517 Italian residents in Philadelphia, primarily in South Philadelphia. 

More Italian immigrants made their way to South Philadelphia from the boot in the late 1880s. The majority of these newcomers came from the Southern Italian provinces of Sicily, Calabria and Abruzzo. 

South Philadelphia is still home to a large number of Italian Americans and many of them are


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