Saturday, July 29, 2006

Welcome to Little Italy on Arthur Avenue

Most tourists think that New York's Little Italy is a few blocks in lower Manhattan filled with overpriced red-sauce spaghetti joints, tacky and vulgar t-shirts and knock-offs of designer duds. But knowledgeable New Yorkers know that the real Little Italy is in the Belmont section of the Bronx.

Arthur Avenue is the main street of Little Italy, packed with family run food shops and restaurants. Most of the places here not only sell Italian-style foods, they create it, including homemade cheese, sausage, pasta, bread, wine and pastry. The fish shops are operating-room clean, the bakeries warm and fragrant and the delis and cheese shops are brimming with pre-cut samples of their wares.

If you visit Arthur Avenue, you'll eat a little, drink a little, taste a little, walk a little. Have a cannoli, a handful of roasted ceci, a stuffed zucchini blossom, a briny clam on the half-shell, a slice of pepperoni, a chunk of olive bread. Benvenuto! Mangia, mangia!

Little Italy in the Bronx Posted by Picasa

Scungilli Posted by Picasa

Octopus Posted by Picasa

At sidewalk clam bar Posted by Picasa

Beef tripe Posted by Picasa

Inside pork store Posted by Picasa

Outside Teitel Brothers' store Posted by Picasa

Sidewalk display outside Teitel Brothers' store Posted by Picasa

Inside Arthur Avenue Retail Market: Thank you Mr. Capone Posted by Picasa

Rolling cigars at La Casa Grande Tobacco Company
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Lamb heads inside Arthur Avenue Retail Market Posted by Picasa

In Arthur Avenue Market: Closed for my granddaughter Posted by Picasa

Inside Calandra Cheese Posted by Picasa

Cannoli filled while you wait Posted by Picasa

Inside Madonia's Bakery Posted by Picasa

Chocolate covered cannoli Posted by Picasa

Rum cakes Posted by Picasa

Cream puffs Posted by Picasa

Eclairs Posted by Picasa

Arthur Avenue & E. 187th St. Posted by Picasa

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    At 8/11/2006 02:50:00 PM, Blogger Mandy said...

    It looks so inviting. A place where you can really feel alive.

    At 2/23/2008 07:58:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

    My friend, Vincent, grew up there and still shops there on weekends. My family has enjoyed remarkable meals he creates from the Arthur Avenue shops. I hope the unique Italian culture and traditions continue to thrive in this wonderful place. SB


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