In Buenos Aires there is no neighborhood such as Little Italy in Nueva York. Italian roots are strong and the cultural influence is so huge but completely integrated: all porteños eat pasta, drink strong coffee and speak Spanish with such an Italian melody so characteristic of the local accent.
Immigration from Italy was remarkable: almost three million people from 1857 through 1940, which is 45% of the total aliens that arrived in Argentina to settle down. In 1895, more than 12% of the population was Italian and they were called tanos (from Neapolitan). Nowadays, from 15 to 20 million Argentineans have some Italian predecessor, that is, almost half population, even more in Buenos Aires suburbs. Immigration lasted up to the Second World War.