There are some eras of the French Quarter that are better understood than others. The 16-month history of the city under the Confederacy is beloved by many for example (likely for more divisive reasons), or how we dote on the later French Republic era versus the chaotic, earlier French colonial era. The Sicilian era is certainly well-loved but it lacks formal sites or places to stop and view its history. Yet Sicilians have had such an enormous impact on New Orleans, including the growth of truck vending, food production, corner store proliferation and attention to certain saints holidays.
This article is a lovely account of one such family history in the French Quarter.