Little Italy is known for its unique art galleries, wine tastings and great food. But students are also a big part of the neighborhood since it is located next to Case Western Reserve University, the Cleveland Institutes of Art and Music and a teaching hospital. Many students live in the area and work as waiters and waitresses at our great restaurants as they pursue their educations.
They bring vibrancy to the historic neighborhood. They are part of the “happening” attitude one finds while going down any street. They are forward-thinking and have a lot of energy as they pursue their dream occupations. Yes, there is a lot of optimism found in Little Italy, and it’s no different among these young students who live and work in the area.
So when you come down to Little Italy and enjoy that great Italian meal, tip the waiter or waitress very well because these bright young kids have a long memory and you may just meet up with them again … in surgery. They’ll be the ones holding the scalpel.
Article by Sue Marrone, president of the Little Italy Merchants Association