Little Italy Historic District


    Rochester’s “Little Italy Historic District” is located in the City’s Northwest Quadrant.  The historic district recognizes and commemorates over 150 years of Italian-American history, culture, and contributions in the Lyell Avenue corridor and throughout the City of Rochester.  The historic district is inclusive and welcoming.  The historic district promotes and celebrates all cultures and ethnicities in the area.  The historic district was officially designated by the City of Rochester and Rochester City Council on June 2nd, 2019.  The historic district hosts the popular annual street celebration, “Little Italy Street Festival.”  The festival is held in the area of Smith Street, Lyell Avenue, and State Street. The historic district proudly celebrates many other cultures in the neighborhood during the celebration.  Information about the festival and other events and programs, may be found on the Little Italy Association of Rochester’s website,




    The Little Italy Historic District is part of the larger Edgerton and Brown Square neighborhoods. Lyell Avenue and Jay Street business corridors are part of the district.  The historic district boasts multiple area attractions.  Jones Square Park, designed by renowned architect Frederick Olmstead is within the district. Marina Auto Stadium is also within the historic district.  The historic district serves as the gateway to the Lyell Avenue.  Lyell Avenue features ethnic shops, restaurants, bars, cafes and businesses of many cultures. The Little Italy Historic District features historic Italian restaurants, bakeries and cafes, such as Rocky’s Italian Restaurant, the Flat Iron Café, and DiPaolo Baking CompanyZweigle’s  Inc., Rochester’s well-known hot dog and sausage manufacturer, is also headquartered in the Little Italy Historic District.  The district area is the primary focus of the City of Rochester’s and Community Design Center’s “Lyell Plan.”  The historic district area is part of a revitalization initiative, which features collaboration, partnership and participation between the City of Rochester, Little Italy Association, New York State, and nearby neighborhood groups, to preserve, beautify and revitalize the area.  


Additional Information

 If you would like additional information on this neighborhood, please contact the Northwest Quadrant Neighborhood Service Center: 

71 Parkway- First Floor
Rochester, NY 14608
(585) 428-7602

Email:  Tammi.Herron@CityofRochester.Gov