Little Italy Arkansas website is part of a grassroots effort aimed at preserving the heritage and rural character of a historic community in Arkansas by connecting together the people who love where they live and are proud of the area's over 100 year history. Just 40 minutes from midtown in Little Rock, it is close to the city's activities and stores but far enough away for residents to enjoy the benefits of living in a rural community: dark evening skies perfect for stargazing; wide open fields and spaces; acres upon acres of green hardwoods and pine.
Little Italy is still home to a number of Italian-Americans and original descendants to the area in 1915 as well as newcomers who enjoy the small town life. The land is as natural as it was over 100 years ago and still contains several of the original homesteads of the first Italian settlers.
Community life centers around activities of the local churches including the historic and vibrant Catholic parish, St. Francis of Assisi established in 1922, where they gather for Mass, hold meetings and parties, and host their annual Spaghetti Dinner where the Italians still make their delicious sauce from scratch.