In the early 1900’s Italian immigrants flooded the U.S. looking for opportunities that were not available in Italy. Some of those immigrants settled on the south side of a little railroad town called Dilworth, MN. They settled near the railroad station and hired on as laborers. This settlement became known as Little Italy. The Italians in Little Italy kept many of the traditions of their homeland, and Little Italy became its own community and culture. One of the traditions that they upheld was a festival called Our Lady of Mount Carmel. This festival brought many people from around the region. It was the first of its kind and ended with a huge fireworks display.
Two of the people that were born and raised in Little Italy were John Verdi and Elizabeth (Sybil) Costello. They lived across the street from one another. Their families were close and when John returned from the military he and Sybil were married. They have been married and lived in Dilworth for 65 years!
Today there are no full-blooded Italians left in Little Italy. However, the traditions have lived on in John and Sybil’s kitchen since way back then. We the grandchildren of John and Sybil were blessed to be immersed in this culture nearly every Sunday growing up. Spaghetti and meatballs were the Sunday tradition for us for as long as we can remember.
This is why Verdis’ Italian Market was created to preserve and share the legacy and traditions of our family that started in Italy and were brought here to Dilworth. We take great pleasure in being able to provide you with a taste of our families’ history and traditions. Enjoy.