About Our Neighborhood



Since its founding during the earliest days of our nation, the Belmont section of the Bronx, fondly known as Bronx Little Italy, has been critical in the development of the borough and city. An economic and cultural engine, Belmont hosts hundreds of thousands of shoppers, food connoisseurs, and tourists every year, making it one of the most visited neighborhoods in the entire city!

The authentic Italian culture found in the vibrant community of Bronx Little Italy sustains a thriving business district that includes world-class restaurants, high-quality artisanal food shops, and specialty stores carrying superb handmade local and imported items that you’d be hard-pressed to find elsewhere.

Charming old-world ambiance emanates from the generations of Italian families who give the area a welcoming small-town character unique for an urban setting. 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 the 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 is Arthur Avenue’s high-class dining experience that delights visitors year after year. Where else can you take a short walk and discover such a wealth and breadth of fine Italian delicacies at your fingertips? Within the space of a few footsteps in this beloved New York neighborhood, you can revel in some of the most authentic cuisine, culture, and commodities outside of Italy. Guests from across the globe come to sample the tastes and traditions of this community, home to shops and businesses that are still owned and operated by the same families that started them nearly a century ago. There truly are impressions of family and remnants of a shared history everywhere you turn.

No other neighborhood can boast all we have to offer on just a few short blocks – but it’s not just the food, it’s a way of life; a sense of kinship and partnership inherited from the past that is seldom seen today. All who explore the neighborhood will encounter an eclectic mix of inviting shops, friendly faces, and a pervading spirit of communal living, common ancestry, and inter-generational cooperation.

Whether you come to the area for shopping, a meal, one of our exciting events or after a visit to the Bronx Zoo, New York Botanical Garden, or Yankee Stadium, the Belmont Business Improvement District promises that it is worth the trip!

Upcoming & Recent Events

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  • Free COVID-19 Testing

    Essen Health Care will be providing free COVID-19 testing (nasal swab) and antibody testing to members of the community on Wednesday, August 5th and Wednesday, August 9th from 9am-2pm. No appointment necessary, please bring a photo ID. For further information, please call Essen Health Care 646-350-1625.

  • Piazza di Belmont

    Bronx Little Italy is thrilled to welcome you to Piazza di Belmont! A charming open space, reminiscent of Italy, where pedestrians can stroll through Arthur Avenue for outdoor dining. Piazza di Belmont is on Arthur Avenue from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays these streets will be closed to vehicular traffic and parking from 6pm-10pm, and Sundays from 1pm-9:30pm. During the day and outside of these hours, the streets will remain open for traffic and parking; outdoor dining will still be available.

  • Little Italy in the Bronx Restaurant Week

    From February 3 to 13, 2020, Family-Owned and Operated Italian Restaurants on the Historic Arthur Avenue Welcome Visitors to the Bronx for the Inaugural Little Italy in the Bronx Restaurant Week. Diners can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $20 and a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $30 excluding gratuity, tax, and alcohol, or various value-added offerings at a variety of Little Italy in the Bronx restaurants. The offering is only valid during the week from Mondays to Thursdays. When making a reservation, please call the restaurant directly and mention Little Italy in the Bronx Restaurant Week. Menus and more information can be found here.


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