Located three miles from the downtown area,  Bloomfield is referred to as Pittsburgh's Little Italy and hosts the city's Italian festival every year.  Architectural historian Franklin Toker once said of the neighborhood "Bloomfield is a feast, as rich to the eyes as the homemade tortellini and cannoli in its shop windows are to the stomach."  The resurgent neighborhood features the Western Pennsylvania Hospital, many bars and restaurants, supermarkets, barber shops, hair and tanning salons, and more.  There are also many public sports complexes such as a bocce court, basketball court, and hockey rink.  All of these things are within short walking distance of Pittsburgh Bank Residence Lofts.