NYC’s Real Little Italy – Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasIf you have ever  been to Little Italy in New York you have seen the few blocks in Manhattan with red, green and white garlands overhead, and the streets lined with Italian restaurants with barkers on the sidewalk encouraging you to try the food. It has long been and still is a crowded and commercialized yet favorite place for many tourists who visit New York City.

Photo by Margie Miklas Arthur Avenue BronxWhat most tourists don’t realize,  and  what seems to be a well-kept secret, is that  an area in the Bronx  is fondly referred to as the “real Little Italy” of New York.

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasMany New Yorkers have never even been here, but Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is the area that is an authentic Italian-American neighborhood with less crowds and real people who have been living and working here for generations.

Bronx Little Italy photo by Margie MiklasBronx Little Italy consists of Arthur Avenue, East 187th and Hughes, and is home to authentic Italian-American restaurants, bakeries, pastry shops, delis and other retail establishments, some of which have been operating for over a hundred years.

Bronx Little Italy photo by Margie Miklas2011  marked the 100th anniversary Of Arthur Avenue’s Little Italy. On weekends this  area is packed  with foodies, locals and tourists making this experience part of their New York city agenda.

Bronx Little Italy photo by Margie Miklas It is amazing to find so many authentic Italian-American restaurants concentrated in one spot. When I had  lunch at Pasquale’s Rigoletto Restaurant, the unmistakable aroma of garlic simmering hit me before I even sat down. Although five variations of veal dishes were on the menu, Veal Milanese was not one of them, but they gladly made it for me. Of course it was nothing less than delicious.

Arthur Avenue Bronx Rigoletto Restaurant Photo by Margie MiklasMario’s and Dominick’s are two of the landmark restaurants in the area, and Ann and Tony’s has been serving food since 1927 with four generations of their family.

Photo by margie MiklasGroups of men  play Italian card games on a table in a park, and locals  speak Italian to each other at restaurants, cafés, and in the street. The shop owners speak English as well as Italian and smile as soon as they meet you, very much like it is in Italy today.

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasTeitel Brothers established in 1915 sells all types of fine imported specialty Italian food products. This is where I bought some fresh pecorino cheese with truffles from Sardinia…delizioso! Their prices are wonderful.

This area of New York city, also known as Belmont,  is where the actor, Joe Pesci lived and actually managed Amici Pizza and Pasta, which has been sold several times since then. He lived in an apartment above the restaurant and Robert DeNiro discovered him there and cast him in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 movie “Raging Bull.”

Addeo and Sons photo by Margie MiklasFor the freshest bread head over to Addeo and Sons Bakery or Terranova Bakery.

photo by Margie MiklasCerini Coffee and Gifts  has one of the biggest selections of Italian coffees and kitchen items anyone could want. This is where I bought my Cucina Pro pizzelle maker several years ago. This time I couldn’t leave there this time without a pound of their own coffee, which they freshly ground for me.

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasFine cigars are made by hand inside the Arthur Avenue Retail market where everyone is friendly and takes time to talk with you. The atmosphere made me want to spend even more time with the people there.

The Original Arthur Avenue Italian Deli was the perfect spot for lunch this visit, and the menu seems endless.  I could not have been more pleased with my choice of a caprese salad.

Caprese salad - Photo by Margie Miklas Arthur avenue BronxCalabria Pork Store was packed  as usual on a Saturday. I bought some fresh hot Italian sausage, and cooked it the next day. I wish I had bought more it was so good.

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasIf you are there at the right time you can watch fresh pasta being made in Borgatti Ravioli and Egg Noodles, where they have perfected the process with 80 years of experience.

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasAnd don’t miss the family-owned Zagat-rated Enzo’s, or Palombo’s Bakery for a cannoli and cappuccino!

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasJust wandering around these streets of Arthur Avenue, east 187th and Hughes gave me the same feeling as though I were back in Italy.

Bronx Little Italy Photo by Margie MiklasDon’t miss the opportunity to spend a day on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx on your next visit to New York City. It’s definitely worth the ride.

Have you been here? I’m eager for your feedback so please leave a message.

Grazie and ciao.

About Margie Miklas

An award-winning author, Margie Miklas writes medical thrillers and travel memoirs about Italy, a place which has captured her passion for travel. She is also the creator and owner of the travel blog, Margie in Italy, and a contributing writer for an Italian-American newspaper. A retired critical-care nurse, she enjoys spending time with her family, including her three cats. Her favorite place is the beach, and she likes learning new computer skills, when she is not writing. A member of the Florida Writers Association, Margie makes her home in Florida.
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18 Responses to NYC’s Real Little Italy – Arthur Avenue in the Bronx

  1. No, I’ve not been to New York since I was very young, but after reading this, I will go in search of these places if I ever make it back. Hugs, N 🙂 ❤


  2. I’ve yet to experience New York. Lovely post, Margie. A stop I will make for sure when I am able to be there someday!


  3. Antonella says:

    I’m Italian and this street is the only real Italian place in NYC. A lot of beautiful Italian products and generations of Italian Americans who always do their shopping there. It is really very interesting!

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  4. Leisa says:

    That place looks fabulous,I hope to visit it next time I’m in New York.

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  5. lorapat says:

    A return visit to New York City is on my bucket list, and now I know where to go to eat! Lois

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  6. Greg Speck says:

    It has stayed true to its roots, unlike the Little Italy in Manhattan. Plus you can find parking here. Beats Rome on that. Many, many choices. It is a safe and wonderful place to stroll.

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  7. My “roots” are in the Bronx…thinking I need to visit NYC! 😀

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  8. I’m definitely bookmarking this for my next visit to NY. In fact, this alone makes me want to go. Great tips Margie.

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  9. imarancher says:

    Had to share on Facebook so my NYC friends don’t miss out on thise wonderful sector. Would I ever love some of their coffee. I am pretty sure that Italians invented cooking and of course, coffee is the perfect ending to ever meal.

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  10. What a wonderful post about a part of NYC I have never visited. It seems to be so authentic and takes you back in time. How cool to read about where Joe Pesci was discovered!! I’m making sure we stop by there next trip to the Big Apple 🙂

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