This Columbus Day Glen Cove rediscovered part of its old-world Italian flavor as Mayor Thomas Suozzi introduced the "Little Italy of Long Island." Where is this Little Italy? In the Orchard, of course. Glen Cove's Italian flavor has simmered long and hearty for generations in the Orchard neighborhood- along Cedar Swamp Road, and Grove, Hazel, Capobianco, Stanco, Carney and Willow Streets. The Little Italy of Long Island will bring together the dozens of Italian businesses in the Orchard to further economic development in sync with the city's master plan and with the downtown and waterfront revitalization projects. The ultimate goal is to build a new Business Improvement District and to make the Orchard yet another tourism destination within the city.
With the help of the CDA, Hofstra University and C.W. Post a "road map" of Glen Cove's Little Italy was developed. By St. Joseph's Day, the Orchard will be sporting new signs, (with the very appropriate logo showing a grapevine), banners, lighting and Italian flags along the corridor of Cedar Swamp Road. The businesses will pool their resources to advertise jointly. A piazza is also in the Orchard's future.
Joining the Mayor at DiMaggio's Restaurant for the birth of Long Island's Little Italy were: Andrew Forman from Hofstra; Lester from the Sons of Italy; Father Aaron Vellaramparampil, pastor of the Church of St. Rocco; John and Gabe Cocchiola of Stango's Restaurant; Maria Morra of the Ice Cream Stop Gelateria; Vincent Condello of Old Fashioned Bakery and Razzano's; Vito DiSimon of C.W. Post; Marie Costello of Costello Real Estate; Eddie Capobianco of ABLI Bank; Sal DiMaggio of Sal's Pizza and DiMaggio's Restaurant; Mike Morra from Glen Street Stationery; Pasqual DeLuca; Angelo from La Pace Restaurant; Arturo from La Veranda Restaurant and Ida Covino on the accordion who would like to see an Italian school in the Orchard. Not present but included in the Little Italy of Long Island are: Bianconi Funeral Home; Cove Fruit; Iavarone Brothers; Il Veliero Restaurant; Tommasina's Fine Linen; Frank's Beverage; Buongustaio Gourmet Market; St. Rocco's Bakery; Capobianco's Florist; Frank's Beverage; Carmen's Deli; Bistro Casis; Lydia's Kids World; Cafe Randazzo; L.I. Travel; Marble Showroom and Cafe La Luna.