On the Northeast corner of Arthur Avenue and 186th Street stands a little shop with a bright green awning. Passersby mosey around the entrance, inspecting piles of San Marzano tomatoes, black olives, and Lupini beans that are constructed into neat towers. A woman with a thick New York accent inquires about the roasted red peppers in the window.“I...

A legendary merchant in Belmont was immortalized with a street naming near the store he ran for decades. Mario Borgatti, proprietor of Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles on East 187th Street and a fixture in Belmont’s business and philanthropic efforts for decades, was posthumously honored with a street co-naming near his iconic business on Sunday, J...

Food in the Bronx is reflective of the characteristics that make this borough unique: it’s got one foot rooted in “the old country” and one foot in the new, bridging the gap with a passion for tradition. Many cultures are represented throughout the Bronx, but Arthur Avenue continues to be predominantly Italian American just as it was during the ear...

Little Italy in Lower Manhattan has long been associated with pizza parlors and gelato bars. But with gentrification, the neighborhood has shrunk and many residents have relocated to other boroughs and suburbs. One of the most noteworthy is the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue, where another, more authentic Little Italy proves harder to get to for tourists bu...

Despite the sophisticated experience that comes with classically Italian restaurants like Enzo’s and Zero Otto Nove, my parents only visit so many times a semester. To compensate, I typically wind up with Italian-American comfort food from Michaelangelo’s. Usually, I’ll down too many glasses of wine and order lobster ravioli in vodka sauce. However...

The problem with turning 107, Joe Binder said, is that “you can’t work no more.” Mr. Binder turns 107 on Saturday, but he had the confidence to celebrate early during his regular Wednesday lunch at Mario’s on Arthur Avenue, the main drag in Belmont, a longstanding Italian neighborhood in the Bronx. Until a few years ago, Mr. Binder was holding down...

People come to Arthur Avenue to stock up. On a recent Saturday afternoon, I stood outside Vincent’s Meat Market with Danielle Oteri, who leads tours of the neighborhood with her husband Christian Galliani. The window of Vincent’s is decked with fat Boston butts and whole sides of pork. Customers stream in and out carrying hefty shopping bags. Danie...

"I'm the mozzarella man," says David Greco as his hands plunge into hot water to massage fresh cheese curds. And there's a cigar man, cannoli women, a microbrewer and six other purveyors at the venerable Arthur Avenue Market in the Bronx. Not just vendors, rather specialists in their field from fresh rabbit to espresso. The Arthur Avenue Market is...

I just finished reading "Little Italy of the BRONX: Arthur Avenue and Belmont" (New York City). Very informative! Described as "One Big Family", the Italian immigrant culture that developed here is said to be comparable to "a new Italian village", as Italians from all over Italy merged into one newly formed community.   The authors, Stephen...

by Erin Clarke   Folks from the Bronx say it's the real Little Italy. The sweet smell of pastries, pasta, bread and meat fill the air of the Belmont section of the Bronx. "I really don't even go downtown to Little Italy. I like it up here," says area resident Dolores Glover. Streets lined with authentic restaurants, shops that even...