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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  • New York Pizza Festival

    Returning for its second year, the annual New York Pizza Festival, hosted by The Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) and the Pizza Academy Foundation, will take place on Crescent Avenue in the historic Little Italy of The Bronx on October 5th and 6th, 2019. Over 25 participating pizzaioli will feature different styles of pizza from some of the best pizzerias all over the country including the five boroughs of New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Denver and more, as well as Italy. While entry to the New York Pizza Festival is free, tickets for individual slices and alcohol are required and are now available for purchase on the official website HERE. The festival benefits the local New York non-profit, Slice Out Hunger.

  • Ferragosto 2019

    The Belmont BID is set to host its annual FERRAGOSTO festival that draws thousands of visitors from the tri-state area and beyond to the intersection of all-things-Italian at world-famous Arthur Avenue and East 187th Street on Sunday, September 8, 2019! For over 20 years, the merchants of Bronx Little Italy have banded together to keep this lively Italian tradition alive by engaging visitors in Italian culture, traditions, music, and of course, the greatest Italian food and drinks! For more information please visit the Ferragosto website.

  • ACF Fiorentina Pep Rally

    On Sunday, July 21st at 12:30pm the Belmont BID is set to host a “Pep Rally” at the Arthur Ave Retail Market welcoming ACF Fiorentina and new proud owner Rocco Commisso, in advance of their final USA International Champions Cup game at the Red Bull Arena in Harrison, NJ on 7/24. The visit is also a homecoming for Rocco, who grew up in the Bronx after emigrating from Calabria. The ACF team will present a signed soccer ball to Mario’s Restaurant to celebrate their 100th Anniversary, hand out ACF swag for their upcoming game, and greet fans. We hope you can join us, FORZA VIOLA!


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