The authentic Italian culture found in the vibrant community of the Real Little Italy in the Bronx, often known as Arthur Avenue, sustains a thriving business district that includes world-class restaurants and high-quality artisanal food shops and specialty stores carrying superb handmade local and imported items. We are also home to Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (an Italian national parish) and the Enrico Fermi Italian Cultural Institute.
Generations of Italian families have given the area a special small-town character unique for an urban setting, while at the same time establishing traditions that permeate the neighborhood like the sweet smell of sausage and peppers. Among the notables born and raised here are actors Anne Bancroft and Chazz Palminteri, author Don DiLillo and rock star Dion DiMucci, whose group, Dion and the Belmonts, is named after a local street (Belmont Avenue). Joe Pesci began his acting career after being discovered by Robert DeNiro at a local neighborhood restaurant, where Pesci worked as the maitre’d.
Most of all, it’s probably the dining experience that every year delights Arthur Avenue’s many visitors. Where else can you find such a wealth and breadth of fine Italian cuisine within a short walk through the neighborhood? Within footsteps you can experience the different tastes of the regions of Italy.
Arthur Avenue, the Little Italy of the Bronx is within 30 minutes of virtually any point in the New York metropolitan area. By car, highways from Long Island, Westchester and New Jersey connect to the Bronx River Parkway’s Fordham Road exit to Arthur Avenue. By train, the Metro-North Harlem River Line stops at Fordham Road. New York City MTA bus lines also serve the area. Seasonal bus service links the Metro-North station with Arthur Avenue, the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden. We are also walking distance to the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Garden, and only a ten minute cab ride from Yankee Stadium. Occasional shopping and gourmet tours are organized by regionally-based tourism companies.
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