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Address: Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY

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Little yes, Italy not really

While it was obviously the commercial hub of a vibrant Italian community at one time only little reminders remain like the few Italian restaurants hidden within a lot of run down... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 18, 2015
Jeffery F
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Niagara Falls, New York
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Niagara Falls, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

While it was obviously the commercial hub of a vibrant Italian community at one time only little reminders remain like the few Italian restaurants hidden within a lot of run down looking shops that appear to cater to the mostly poor neighborhood around this small commercial stretch of road.

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North Tonawanda, New York
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440 reviews 440 reviews
212 attraction reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

We drove through "Little Italy" on the way to the Niagara Aquarium. Things looked very dismal. The best things to see were the portrait of Tommy Tedesco (once the top sessions man in the world in my opinion) and the overhead, wrought iron, signs on either end of the area (on Pine Avenue).

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GRAND ISLAND
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647 reviews 647 reviews
254 attraction reviews
393 helpful votes 393 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

huh? this is an attraction... well, it does have an arched sign on pine avenue, but then so does Brocton, new York, and there's nothing there either... a somewhat ragged assortment of restaurants, abandoned taprooms and pawnshops... can't figure out how anybody sees this as an attraction...

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New York
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122 reviews 122 reviews
16 attraction reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Perspective is important when visiting Niagara Falls, USA. After all, it is flawed yet interesting city that has seen decades of hard times after the mafia and defunct manufacturing left it by the wayside. That said, there are a few holdout neighborhoods and landmarks. Because they struggle to survive, they have more character than anything that can be located on... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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42 reviews 42 reviews
21 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

As I said above, the picture you see above - that's about it. There is nothing much here. Lots of empty storefronts. Some restaurants that serve blah food that are still around because some people will eat anything. On a rare occasion you see a new small place you may like to try, but it's gone the next drive through.... More 

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Pine Hill
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Not sure why this is considered an "attraction". This town is deserted with nothing but closed business. It is essentially the"hood". We came through several times because we were visiting family but I honestly didn't see anything worth stopping for. In fact, if you find your way on this street, do yourself a favor, lock your doors, do a u-turn... More 

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Roskilde
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107 reviews 107 reviews
43 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Only a few restaurants tells you that this is a area called Little Italy. It compete with chinese shops etc. Don't expect a romantic area like a lot of Piazzas in Rome. Its long time since Vito Corleone or look alike could be found in this area

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Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Pine ave. is called "Little Italy" because it used to be surrounded by an Italian community. It has since turned into slum. There are some places on pine that are worth a trip: Micheal's restaurant, the Como restaurant, Dicamillo's bakery and Latina's. It is not somewhere you want to bring your family and walk around. Visit these gems and that's... More 

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Lewiston, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

if you go down here you should see that you made a bad decision it is the fact that it is just what people apparently call "The Hood" it is very depressing to see what it has come to.

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Niagara Falls, NY
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60 reviews 60 reviews
6 attraction reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Some businesses/civic leaders named a stretch of Pine Ave from Hyde Park Blvd to 19th St Little Italy because of a handful of Italian restaurants and businesses. It doesn't remind anyone of Italy in any form or fashion. Not many Italians live in the area anymore...but if ylu venture there look for Lahacienda (Italian) and the Como restaurants. Both are... More 

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