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Homes for Sale in Bloomfield, Pittsburgh - Bloomfield is known as the “Little Italy” of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Centrally located in Pittsburgh’s East End, Bloomfield spans 449 acres in a prime location near many universities, hospitals, shopping areas and is only three miles from the downtown area. It is surrounded by the Shadyside, Garfield, Lawrenceville, and Friendship neighborhoods. Bloomfield’s culturally diverse restaurants, funky shops, and happening nightlife attract residents and visitors from other Pittsburgh neighborhoods alike.
Currently, there is a majority of college students and working class Italian-Americans residing in Bloomfield. Historically, Bloomfield has Italian as well as German, Polish, and various European populations. The neighborhood is artistic, entertaining, and community-focused. With many generations of families in Bloomfield, its close-knit community is proud of its growth and its unique non-pretentious character that has remained throughout the years.
Bloomfield was named after its abundant blooming wildflowers in the area’s original grounds. The neighborhood was annexed by the City of Pittsburgh in 1868 after being settled by the European Casper Taub who later sold the land to his son-in-law John Conrad Winebiddle. German Catholic and Italian immigrants moved into the area in the beginning of the 20th century.
Older rowhomes constructed with wooden frames and covered with aluminum siding are common in the reasonably priced neighborhood. The side streets in Bloomfield are tree-lined and many are filled with restored 1800’s Edwardian and Victorian homes.
The central business district is located on Liberty Avenue. Here, one can find several restaurants, one supermarket and two Italian markets, West Penn Hospital, many gyms, several gift shops, doctors offices, pharmacies, and also hair salons. There are two churches: the St. Joseph’s Parish built by German Catholics in 1886 and the Immaculate Conception Parish built by Italians in 1905.
Many Bloomfield restaurants offer menus with authentic Italian dishes. Make sure to check out Alexander’s Italian Bistro for a true Italian meal and dining experience. There are many culturally different restaurants in the neighborhood but resident favorites include: Tessaro’s -- an American steakhouse, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern -- serving Polish food since 1985, and Thai Cuisine -- make sure to try the Param Chicken.
If spending time here inspires you to make your own Italian food, stop by Bloomfield’s Donatelli’s Italian Food Market or Groceria Italiana for the best Italian ingredients you could ask for. Groceria Italiana is the meeting place for the Bloomfield version of the ‘Burgh Bits & Bites Food Tour. This tour takes a group throughout Bloomfield’s best Little Italy spots on Saturday afternoons and lets you sample delights like pizza, pasta, and biscotti!
Bloomfield has a happening nightlife since it is home to several bars, many of which feature live music -- or at least a karaoke night! Stop by Station, Silky’s Pub, Howlers, or Lot 17 and you will be sure to have a great night out with friends.
Bloomfield would not be complete without its many festivals. The Bloomfield Saturday Market on Liberty Avenue is open from June through November and features a farmer’s market, various vendors, and a weekly festival including local musicians and dancers performing live. The best festival Bloomfield offers is Little Italy Days -- the Region’s Largest Heritage Festival. Little Italy Days spans four days in late August and has been around since 2002. This festival is complete with a celebration of Bloomfield’s Italian heritage and offers live music and you guessed it -- Italian food!
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Bloomfield is a culturally thriving neighborhood in Pittsburgh. The area's residents are lively and like to celebrate their heritage. Living here means you will not only become surrounded by cheerful people, but you will be surrounded by all of the amazing food they make -- what else could you ask for!