The Other Little Italy ~ The Bronx, NYC

Marina Chetner

Downtown Manhattan’s Little Italy needs no introduction; Bronx’s Little Italy may require a little more than a nudge.

Up in the 180’s, around 186th Street, this Little Italy spans four blocks along intersecting Arthur Avenue*. Here, it’s all about the butcher, the baker, the elaborate cake maker. The vibe is more old school, less tourist. It’s not really a neighbourhood, more so a preservation of traditional Italian gastronomy. Storefronts display hunks of hanging meats, rows of crusty freshly baked loaves, and rectangular cakes decorated a la Gaudi. There’s a feeling of store owners holding on tight to some semblance of their ancestral authenticity.

Though today was a slow day in this part of the Bronx, the restaurant’s waiter told us that it’s usually busy, especially when there’s a game on at Yankee stadium… or when parents are in town, visiting their kids studying at nearby Fordham University (and helping pay…

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