Affectionately known as New York City’s ‘real Little Italy,’ Arthur Avenue will make anyone feel like they are in Italy with Italian shops, restaurants and specialty stores lining the streets. World-class attractions like the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden are nearby, along with boutique hotel accommodation. It’s an exciting, historic neighbourhood to discover.
As part of NYC & Company’s NYCGO Insider Guide series, a short-style documentary has been created on Arthur Avenue andBelmont, providing visitors with the scoop on everything from authentic Italian delicacies to bucolic gardens and an animal oasis.
To view the documentary and neighbourhood highlights including a map, visit nycgo.com/insiderguides
“Everyone knows that New York’s real Little Italy is in The Bronx,” said Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. “We have the best cannoli, world-class pizza, and the most authentic Italian food, bar none. Arthur Avenue is one of the shining gems of the borough, and is close to wonderful attractions like the Bronx Zoo and New York Botanical Garden. I welcome visitors to this wonderful neighbourhood and experience one of the great neighbourhoods of New York City.”
Experience Arthur Avenue and Belmont Like a Local
- Attractions: The 265-acre world-famous Bronx Zoo has more than 6,000 animals that are housed in re-creations of their natural habitats. In addition to the year-round exhibits like the sea lion pool and African plains featuring lions, zebras and gazelles, this October the zoo celebrates Halloween with special Boo at the Zoo programming. Featuring more than a million plants on their 250-acre campus, The New York Botanical Garden is a favorite spot of New Yorkers and visitors from all over the world. On view through November 1, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life showcases Kahlo’s work and provides a look into her childhood garden.
- Bakeries and Cafés: For traditional Italian baked goods, DeLillo Cafe & Pastry Shop sells homemade Italian desserts, including cannolis, sfogliatelle and biscotti; and Madonia Brothers Bakery is a Sicilian bakery that sells traditional Italian desserts and savoury breads in flavours like jalapeño, provolone and black olive.
- Dining: A family-style restaurant known for large portions, Roberto’s Restaurant serves country-style Italian dishes. The team behind Roberto’s also owns Zero Otto Nove, a rustic Italian restaurant around the corner. Nearby, Pasquale’s Rigoletto transports visitors to Italy with its colorful murals and authentic menu of fettuccine Alfredo, gnocchi Bolognese and more.
- Shops: The Arthur Avenue Retail Market is home to recently opened shops and third-generation establishments where visitors can find a wide selection of cured meats, cheeses, fresh fruits and vegetables and boutique goods. Nearby, visitors can find fresh pasta and ravioli from Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles; homemade cheeses at the official mozzarella supplier of the New York Yankees, Casa Della Mozzarella; an impressive selection of fresh fish and shellfish at Cosenza’s Fish Market; and a vast selection of quality meats at Biancardi’s. In addition, Teitel Brothers is a wholesale and retail gourmet Italian deli, which sells its quality ingredients, including cheeses, roasted peppers and oils to restaurants around the country.
Visitors looking to experience the Bronx for longer than an afternoon can stay at the Opera House Hotel in the South Bronx. The historic Bronx Opera House, a storied entertainment venue dating back to 1913, has been restored as a boutique hotel. The property has spacious rooms, and amenities include flat-screen TVs and complimentary WiFi and continental breakfast. For the best available rates at hotels throughout the five boroughs, visit nycgo.com/hotels and reserve through NYC & Company’s exclusive hotel booking partner, Booking.com.