Tessaro's Italian Restaurant. Photo Credit to VisitPittsburgh
Bloomfield is known as, "Pittsburgh's Little Italy," with red, white and green "Little Italy Days" signs, colorful parking meters and numerous Italian restaurants sprinkled along the streets to help drive the Italian pride of the neighborhood home. In fact, Bloomfield's Italian roots reach back more than five generations. The neighborhood mix includes German descendants and Poles as well. Strong ethnic pride and commitment to customs, family and place give Bloomfield its noticeable character. Residents in Bloomfield are diverse and cover a broad range of denizens from working-class Italian-Americans and African-Americans to graduate students and professors from the many nearby world-class colleges and universities. A fantastic place to visit and live, Bloomfield offers affordable housing and is in the center of several world-class medical facilities including West Penn Hospital, UPMC Shadyside Hospital, the Children's Hospital and the Hillman Cancer Center, all of which bring visitors and employees to the business district. Liberty Avenue is the neighborhood's main business thoroughfare where one can find shops and establishments as old as the neighborhood itself and as new as the year 2013. There are traditional Italian eateries, decades old barber shops and taverns and newcomers of the creative class such as the Big Idea Cooperative Bookstore and Cafe lining the streets and inviting passersby to stop in. A decidedly urban neighborhood, Bloomfield's narrow streets and alleyways packed with row-homes make for a close-knit, no-frills type of community. Transportation from Bloomfield into Lawrenceville, Downtown and the Strip District is quick and easy to find with the Bloomfield Bridge allowing easy access to Pittsburgh's prestigious universities such as the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University just a short trip away in Oakland.