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In the News 2019

Little Italy’s Winter Dine Out
December 26, 2019: The Rockaway Times

From February 3 through February 13, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx will be hosting the inaugural “Little Italy in the Bronx Restaurant Week.” Enjoy pre-fixe lunches for $20 and pre-fixe dinners for $30, or other offerings at restaurants: Ann & Tony’s, Antonio’s Trattoria, Arthur Ave Fiasco, Gerbasi Ristorante, MangiPasta, Mario’s Restaurant, Michaelangelo’s, and San Gennaro. Read more, here.

Discover the Food-Filled Cultural Enclaves in New York City’s Outer Boroughs
December 24, 2019: Culture Trip

Skip Manhattan and take a subway ride to the Bronx. Arthur Avenue offers the real Italian deal in terms of quality, flavor, and colorful characters. Stops at Joe’s Italian Deli, Addeo Bakers, Zero Otto Nove, and the Arthur Avenue Retail Market are a must. Read more, here.

Christmas Dinner Preps
December 23, 2019: CBS New York

There’s a Christmas shopping rush, but it’s not gifts – it’s food! Arthur Avenue remains one of the most popular spots for shopping. Casa Della Mozzarella is just one of the stores with a line out the door. Customers waited for over three hours to get into the store but they all smile and say it’s worth it. Read more, here.

Shoppers flock to Arthur Avenue for holiday specialties
December 21, 2019: News12 The Bronx

With just days to go until Christmas, shoppers from near and far were out on Arthur Avenue to pick up all their holiday essentials.For all the essentials people shopped at Mike’s Deli, Teitel Brothers, Madonia Bakery, and other community staples. Read more, here.

Dining Deal: Mario’s
December 21, 2019: CBS New York

Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is a food-lovers paradise. Generations have enjoyed authentic, traditional foods. Tony Tantillo visits 100-year-old Mario’s Restaurant where things just get better with age.Read more, here.

Where to live in New York if you’ve just come into $324 million
December 19, 2019:

New Yankees starting pitcher Gerrit Cole, recently agreed to a record-setting $324 million deal. He can live anywhere he wants. One good option? The Bronx, of course! Hailed as the new hotspot in New York, there are high-rise apartments, local institutions like the New York Botanical Garden and Bronx Zoo, and of course some of the best Italian food in the world! Read more, here.

NYC: The Bronx’s Little Italy Announces Launch of Winter Restaurant Week in 2020
December 14, 2019: Albany Times

The NYC’s Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) has announced the launch of their inaugural Little Italy in the Bronx Winter Restaurant Week, starting Monday, February 3 to Thursday, February 13, 2020. Diners will be able to 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. Little Italy in the Bronx Restaurant Week is only valid during the week from Mondays to Thursdays. Read more, here.

Belmont BID, Love Holds Children Cancer Foundation Hosts Tree Lighting and Toy Giveaway
December 14, 2019: Bronx Times

The Belmont Business Improvement District hosted their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Ciccarone Park on Arthur Avenue on Saturday, November 30. The tree lighting featured Santa Clause, Christmas Carolers and special guest, Bronx-born actor and Child Reach Foundation founder Calogero Lorenzo ‘Chazz’ Palminteri. The holiday event also featured a toy giveaway for children in the neighborhood, co-hosted by Love Holds Children’s Cancer Foundation. Read more  here.

NYC’s 31 Top Italian Restaurants
December 12, 2019: Eater

Dominick’s and Roberto’s were both named as one of the 31 best Italian restaurants in New York City. Read more  here.

New York’s Top 10 Restaurants of 2019
December 10, 2019: The New York Times

Cka Ka Qellu hit The New York Times’ Top 10 Restaurants of 2019. When you step inside, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile and the smell of bread baking in the oven as you enter into an old village tavern somewhere in Kosovo or Albania. The chefs here stir up recipes from both sides of the border including veal stew, yogurt-soaked veal dumplings, sausages, and sheqerpare. Adorning the walls are musical instruments, farm tools, coffee mills, and antique clothes. Wrap up the experience with some classic Albanian coffee. Read more  here.

Awards season kicks off with New York Film Critics Circle
December 9, 2019: Cindy Adams

Mario’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue celebrated its 100th anniversary. Around pizza, pasta, and parmesan stories were told about years passed and the beginnings of this favorite neighborhood eatery. Read more  here.

Celebrity Sightings from Upstate New York
December 9, 2019: Cindy Adams

At the Bronx Little Italy’s tree lighting ceremony in Ciccarone Park, Chazz Palminteri made an appearance. He spoke about his life growing up just around the corner and brought books for 200 kids. Read more  here.

Little Italy in the Bronx Tree Lighting
November 30, 2019: WCBS-NY Radio

WCBS-NY covers the Bronx Little Italy’s Tree Lighting. Listen  here.

Little Italy Annual Tree Lighting
November 30, 2019: News 12

News 12 covers the Bronx Little Italy’s Tree Lighting. Watch  here.

Little Italy Gets a Christmas Makeover
November 30, 2019: NY1

NY1 covers the Bronx Little Italy’s Tree Lighting. Watch  here.

Arthur Avenue
November 29, 2019: WINSAM

WINSAM features the Bronx Little Italy to promote small businesses in the NYC Area. Watch  here.

NYC’s Mom-and-Pops Ask You to Shop Small
November 26, 2019: AMNY

Little Italy in the Bronx is having its tree lighting with actor Chazz Palminteri from 4 to 6 p.m. drawing attention to its bakeries, Italian restaurants, butchers and markets, which will provide hot chocolate, Italian cookies and more. Read more, here.

Where New York’s Italian-Americans Still Get Their Daily Bread
November 22, 2019: La Cucina Italiana

Italian immigrants helped make New York City what it is today. One of their legacies is the Madonia Bakery, where you can still find genuine Sicilian bread. Read more  here.

The Best Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremonies in New York City
November 20, 2019: New York Family

Ring in the holidays and celebrate small businesses with special guest Chazz Palminteri of A Bronx Tale! Enjoy festive holiday music as you indulge in Italian cookies and hot chocolate. Santa Clause is even set to travel from the North Pole to make an appearance in Ciccarone Park! Kids can even lineup for a toy giveaway before they settle in for the bright and beautiful tree lighting ceremony. The toy giveaway is first come, first serve, and the free event is set to take place from 4 pm to 6 pm.. Read more  here.

How to Freshen Up Small Business Saturday
November 11, 2019: WCBS 880

Joe Connolly speaks with Peter Madonia of Madonia Brothers Bakery about how to spice up Small Business Saturday. Madonia suggests selling a new product. In the Belmont neighborhood, Little Italy in the Bronx sauces are being introduced and sold by various merchants. The local business district will get a portion of the sales from the sauces to reinvest in the development of the district. Read more  here.

The city introduces a new branding initiative to unite NYC’s public markets
November 11, 2019: 6sqft

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) unveiled a plan as they seek to ensure markets across NYC remain a vital and economic force. The city’s public markets were established in the 1930s and 1940s, the Arthur Avenue Market being one of the remaining. The NYCEDC’s multilingual ad campaign, website, and social media presence are working to consolidate a network of city-wide historic markets. Read more  here.

All the Pizza, Pasta, and Treats You Need to Try on the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue
November 7, 2019: Travel + Leisure

Travel + Leisure highlights some of the culinary delights that you can find along Arthur Avenue. Some of their recommendations include the chicken francese from Mario’s, breadsticks from Addeo Bakery, pumpkin ravioli from Borgatti’s, smokes mozzarella from Mike’s Deli and fresh olives from Teitel Brothers. Read more  here.

23 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in NYC
November 6, 2019:

In the Bronx’s Little Italy, there is a special tree lighting event with holiday treats, hot chocolate and even a visit from Santa. Enjoy the decorated streets and delicious smells from local restaurants. read more  here.

Cat’s Round Table:Peter Madonia
November 3, 2019:Cats Podcast

Peter Madonia stops by Cat’s Round Table to discuss issues facing the neighborhood, listen  here.

NYC and Company Invites Visitors to Celebrate the Holidays in New York City
November 1, 2019:NYC and Company

Experience Christmas in the Bronx’s Little Italy at the Belmont BID Arthur Avenue Tree Lighting. The annual event features a visit from Santa, cookies and hot chocolate among the twinkling lights., read more  here.

New York Pizza Festival takes over Arthur Avenue
October 13, 2019:Bronx Times

Arthur Avenue hosted one of the most exciting and delicious events of the year on Saturday, October 5 and Sunday, October 6.The New York Pizza Festival shut down Belmont with a plethora a pizza options for the thousands who made the trip from literally all over the world for the glorified taste test. For more information, read more here.

Page Six
October 09, 2019: New York Post

The Bronx. Arthur Avenue. You heard de Blasio inhaled the best slice this side of Naples at NY’s Pizza Festival and that, through salami layers, he even babbled in Italian. But I bet you didn’t hear that he even tried to be a pizzaiolo (someone who makes the pie)? For more information, read more here.

Eat Your Way Through New York City’s Five Boroughs
October 09, 2019: Luxe Life Magazine

Shop for authentic culinary delights on Inside Out Tours’ Bronx’s Little Italy & Arthur Avenue Shopping Tour. Learn about the rich history and cultural heritage of Belmont, home to generations of Italian-American families. For more information, read more here.

Fox and Friends coverage of the New York Pizza Festival
October 06, 2019: Fox News

Fox and Friends covers the New York Pizza Festival, co-sponsored by Little Italy in the Bronx. For more information, read more here.

Good Day New York coverage of the New York Pizza Festival
October 06, 2019: WNYW-TV

Good Day New York covers the New York Pizza Festival, co-sponsored by Little Italy in the Bronx. For more information, read more here.

News 12 coverage of the 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival
October 06, 2019: News 12

News 12 coverage of the New York Pizza Festival, co-sponsored by Little Italy in the Bronx. For more information, read more here.

NY1 coverage of the 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival
October 06, 2019: NY1

NY1 continues its coverage of the New York Pizza Festival, co-sponsored by Little Italy in the Bronx. For more information, read more here.

Annual New York Pizza Festival Turns up the Heat in the Bronx
October 05, 2019: NY1

It’s the 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival hosted by the Belmont Business Improvement District.The festival features tastings from 25 U.S. pizza makers and five Italian ones. The festival runs throughout the weekend, along Crescent Avenue in the Belmont section of The Bronx.. For more information, read more here.

WLNY coverage of the 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival
October 05, 2019: WLNY

WLNY covers all the fun at the New York Pizza Festival, co-sponsored by Little Italy in the Bronx. For more information,read more here.

New York Pizza Festival showcases pizza from City and Italy.
October 04, 2019: WPIX

From Naples to New York, pizza will be showcased in the Big Apple for one weekend during the Second Annual New York Pizza Festival, this weekend, October 5 and 6.The event, hosted by the Belmont Business Improvement District, will be a star-studded, two-day event, where renowned pizza makers, chefs and culinary personalities showcase their skill.The festival will feature tastings from 25 U.S. pizza makers and five from Italy. For more information, read more here.

WNBC-NY (NBC) Segment
October 03, 2019: WNBC-NY (NBC)

WNBC-NY (NBC) takes a look at some of the vendors in attendance at the New York Pizza Festival, co-sponsored by Little Italy in the Bronx. For more information, read more here.

10 Things to Do in NYC this Weekend
October 03, 2019: Thrillist

The New York Pizza Festival is inviting thirty American and Italian pizzaioli to the Bronx’s own Little Italy. With pizza from Brooklyn’s Di Fara, Chicago’s Forno Rosso (don’t worry, it’s not deep-dish), and Naples’ Vincenzo Capuano, this celebration of the Neapolitan pie features slice after slice of cheese, crust, and sauce. The festival will benefit Slice Out Hunger, a pizza-based non-profit dedicated to ending hunger in the United States. For more information, read more here.

October is National Pizza Month; celebrate in the Bronx with Arthur Avenue’s pizza party
October 01, 2019: Lohud

October is pizza month and Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is known for their authentic Italian food – the perfect place for New York’s Pizza Festival! Any day of the week, you can get any type of pizza you want on Arthur Avenue – from Margherita to Neapolitan to Capricciosa. But the real “pizza de résistance” will be on Octber 5-6 at the 2nd annual NY Pizza Festival where 25 pizzaioli from some of the best pizzerias in the country and Italy will come together in the Little Italy of the Bronx. For more information, read more here.

Arthur Avenue In The Bronx Keeps Ancient Roman Ritual Alive
September 30, 2019: Forbes

Arthur Avenue or the Belmont Business Improvement District in the Borough, also known as Bronx Little Italy, has been home to its own Ferrogosto for the past 20 years. Bronx Little Italy is where Robert De Niro discovered Joe Pesci running a local restaurant. It is also the hometown of actor Chazz Palminteri, author Don DiLillo and rock star Dion DiMucci, (whose group, Dion and the Belmonts, is named after Belmont Avenue), and turns into one giant carnival in early September. Next year, the festival date is September 13th. For more information, read more here.

Second Annual New York Pizza Festival Returns to Little Italy This Weekend!
September 30, 2019: The Bronx Socialite

We are excited to see what is in store this coming weekend at the 2nd annual New York Pizza Festival in the Bronx’s Little Italy! From October 5 to 6, 25 pizza makers from across the country and Italy will feature their pizza. To find more information and where to buy tickets, read more here.

Your Awesome New York Kids Weekend: October 4-6
September 30, 2019: GodSaveThePoints

The 2nd Annual New York Pizza Festival invites your family to celebrate pizza at the largest pizza festival in New York on October 5-6 from 12-5pm. There will be tastings from 25 U.S. pizza makers and 5 from Italy. The festival benefits Slice Out Hunger, a local organization that supports American hunger relief. You can visit the festival  site for more information. Read more here.

Sunday Scoop Week of 9/29/19
September 29, 2019: Says Me Says Mom

In this week’s scoop, the New York Pizza Festival in the Belmont Business District brings together a 2-day event with 25 pizzaioli – coming from right here at home in the Bronx to Las Vegas, Las Angeles, and Chicago. For more information and to buy tickets click  here.Read more here.

The 10 Best Things to do in New York City Seriously
September 26, 2019: GodSaveThePoints

Arthur Avenue is an incredible area of New York, with some of the strongest heritage. It is where real New Yorkers go for the good stuff, as well as classic Italian markets. It’s also nearby to the New York Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo, so make a day of it. Read more here.

Acclaimed Adda Team Brings Virtual Reality Dining to NYC
September 24, 2019: Eater NY

In other notable news, Artuso Pastry Shop has added a cannoli bar! Here you can customize your cannoli selecting the shell, filling, and toppings. This exciting addition coincides with the shop’s launch of an online store. Read more here.

Artuso Pastry Shop
September 24, 2019: CitiTourNYC

A cannoli bar. Dare I say more? Artuso Pastry Shop now has a spot where you can create your very own cannoli. Select from a variety of different shells – plain, powdered, chocolate dipped – and fillings – traditional ricotta cream, pumpkin, peppermint. To finish, top it off with pistachios, chocolate chips, sprinkles and more OR drizzle your cannoli with your favorite syrup! And of course, while you’re there, pick up some of your favorite cookies, pastries, and cakes. Read more, here.

Build Your Own Cannoli at this Cannoli Bar on Arthur Ave
September 23, 2019: BronxMama

If you haven’t had a chance to check out Artuso Pastry Shop’s new Cannoli Bar, then be sure to plan a trip soon! Available during store hours, guests are able to customize their cannoli and choose from a variety of shells (plain, powdered, or chocolate dipped), a delicious selection of creams (from the classic to pumpkin to peppermint and more), and finish it off with toppings such as pistachios, chocolate chips, coconut, syrup drizzles and more. Read more here.

Pizza, chocolate, veganism, oh my! New York’s must-visit food festivals this fall
September 22, 2019: New York Daily News

NYC is filled with food festivals this fall! In our very own Little Italy in the Bronx, master pizzaioli from Italy and America will join together for a cheesy, saucy annual fest – New York Pizza Festival! For information about the event, read more here.

How this father-son team make NYC’s most legendary mozzarella
September 18, 2019: Insider

The father-son duo at Casa Della Mozzarella churn out the best mozzarella on this side of the Atlantic. The Mozzarella King tells about how the business’ rise to fame and Insider experiences the legendary mozzarella and deli sandwiches. Read more , here.

Bronxites enjoy Ferragosto Italian Festival Celebrated in Belmont
September 17, 2019: Bronx Times

Bronxites ate, drank and were merry while celebrating a centuries old Italian tradition in Belmont’s ‘Little Italy’ on Sunday, September 8. Hosted by the Belmont Business Improvement District, the festival honored the Ferragosto tradition dating back to the Roman Empire which recognizes the end of the harvest season Read more, here.

The Best Events to Check out in NYC this Fall
September 16, 2019: Thrillist

Before the coming of the The Dark Months, fall in NYC is filled with events and festivals. Satisfy your pizza cravings at the 2nd annual NYC Pizza Festival October 5-6 featuring pizza from American and Italian pizza-makers complete with music, wine, and beer. Beginning November 21, see holiday lights like you’ve never seen before – larger than life lanterns and animated sculptures – at the Bronx Zoo! Read more, here.

New York Pizza Festival Returns to The Bronx Next Month
September 12, 2019: Welcome2TheBronx

The Belmont Business Improvement District will be hosting its second annual pizza festival on October 5th and October 6th. Attendees were able to taste some of the best pizza from around New York City and the country and even straight from Naples, Italy. Read more, here.

Where to Eat in New York City: 10 Must-Visit Restaurants
September 09, 2019: Forbes

If you’re heading out to a Yankee’s game, the Botanical Gardens, or the Bronx Zoo, stop by Mario’s Restaurant – the oldest restaurant on the block in the authentic Bronx’s Little Italy. The walls are lined with celebrities who have dined on the famous pizza, pastas, chicken parmigiana, and linguine. On your visit, be sure to check out the neighborhood’s bakeries and markets as well as the backdrop for the Robert DeNiro movie The Bronx Tale. Read more, here.

Belmont Business Improvement District hosts Ferragosto Feast
September 08, 2019: News 12

The Ferragosto Feast, an event that’s been held for over 20 years in Little Italy, was held in Belmont Sunday. Ferragosto is a national holiday that has been celebrated in Italy for more than 2,000 years.The feast celebrates the season’s harvest with food, music and entertainment. Read more, here.

Peter Madonia – Bike Lane Runaway. No community input. Bad for business.
September 08, 2019: CATS Roundtable

The iconic, historic Italian neighborhood of Belmont in the Bronx is a transportation desert but a vibrant and economically booming neighborhood. The DOT wants to implement bike lanes in the neighborhood but because customers come from all over the New York area to shop on Arthur Avenue there is currently a greater need for more parking which does not allow for the disputed bike lines. Read more, here.

The Bronx Celebrates 20+ Years of the Ferragosto Feast on Arthur Avenue
September 08, 2019: NYC Epeak

The Belmont BID will host the annual Ferragosto Celebration on Sunday, September 8th from 12 pm to 6 pm. Visitors will be able to enjoy live entertainment and traditional Italian musical performances, vocalists, and comedic theatre performed by Commedia Dell’Arte, as well as dozens of local shops and restaurants including Arthur Ave Fiasco, San Gennaro, Zero Otto Nove and more that set up outside booths on Arthur Avenue and give patrons a chance to dine al fresco and savor some of New York City’s best pizza, pasta, mozzarella and cannoli.Read more, here.

Where I Eat in New York City
September 07, 2019: Eating Las Vegas Blog

Mike’s is a must stop for cheese, sausages, sandwiches, and just about any food stuff from the Italian-American canon. Those sausages are sublime; the mozz (made on-premises) and the aged provolone (sweating oil before your eyes, above), as good or better than any you’ll find in America. When the cheeses, salami, breads and veggies are this fresh, you know you’re at ground zero for Italian-American food. A trip here is a pilgrimage every food lover in America should make at least once. If you think you know Italian delis and you’ve never been here, then you don’t know from Italian delis. Also be sure to check out Mario’s. Mario’s has been owned by the Miglucci family since 1919. At Mario’s you get toothsome dishes that let every ingredient sing in harmony with the others. There is nothing fancy about this cuisine, but when it’s done right, it will make you sing along with it. Read more, here.

Eat, Drink, and Party Your Way Through These 12 September Food Festivals
September 06, 2019: Westchester Magazine

Average attendance hovers around 20,000, but brave the crowds and you’ll be rewarded with all your favorite Italian street foods done right, including pasta, porchetta, made-on-the-Avenue sausage and peppers, and freshly filled cannoli. Beyond the red-and-white-checked tablecloths, there are plenty of cultural activities to consume, as well, from theatrical performances to music. here.

Talking SCHOP! Bronx Little Italy, Part III
September 05, 2019: New York Amsterdam News

Food editor Kysha Harris finishes her gastronomic journey along Arthur Avenue with a stop at Mangi Pasta. Read more, here.

The best classic New York City restaurants
September 05, 2019: CNN

Arthur Avenue is called New York City’s best street for food. Danielle Oteri takes you to some of the must stop stores in the neighborhood. Many of the shops have been around for 100 years, outlasting the cutthroat competition of the city. Read and watch more, here.

Dining at the Iconic Mario’s Restaurant on Arthur Avenue
September 03, 2019: Weekend Jaunts

The iconic Mario’s Restaurant has been a staple on Arthur Avenue for 100 years! Not only that, but when the owners first left Naples in the early 1900s, they were the first to open an Italian restaurant Egypt. Their restaurant on Arthur Avenue features a bountiful menu that will never disappoint. From now until October 31, 2019 Mario’s is offering a free pizza appetizer at dinner time with the mention of the restaurant’s 100th anniversary and the purchase of an entrée! Don’t miss out! To read more about this experience of dining at Mario’s, click here.

Holidays and Specials in NYC This Week: September 1 -September 8
September 01, 2019:NYC City Guide

The Belmont BID is set to host its annual Ferragosto, a chance for people to experience first-hand the neighborhood’s old-world charm and tradition of good taste, including fine-dining restaurants, hand-made and imported Italian products and so much more. 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.Read more, here.

Sunday Scoop: NYC’s Belmont Business Improvement District
Announce Ferragosto Feast September 8
September 01, 2019: Says Me Says Mom

Enjoy the fruits of your labor and celebrate this long-standing Italian holiday, Ferragosto, on Arthur Avenue! Listen to Italian music performances while visiting the booths set up by dozens of local shops and restaurants. While Ferragosto typically takes place on August 15 in Italy, you’ll be sure to enjoy the cooler weather in September. Read more, here.

Mario’s Restaurant
September 01, 2019: PMQ Pizza Magazine

Mario’s Restaurant celebrates its centennial anniversary! In 1919 Scolastica Migliucci and her son Giuseppe opened G. Migliucci Vera Pizzeria on Arthur Avenue with six tables and sawdust on the floor. Generations of this family business have resulted in an evolution to more of a restaurant than a pizzeria. However, the thin-crust pizza, Mario’s “best kept secret”, continues to make “best of” lists nationwide. Read more on the last page of this month’s Pizza Magazine, here.

An unwanted Bronx bike lane: Sorry Mayor, Arthur Ave. needs parking for cars
September 01, 2019: Daily News

Many of Arthur Avenue’s customers come from 10 to 40 miles away to shop in the historic district. They buy gallons of olive oil, mozzarella balls, pounds of meat and bread, and much much more. To carry all of these goods home, they need to bring their cars. Even more, the area is a public transportation desert. While bike lanes may promote healthy habits and reduce the neighborhood’s carbon footprint, the Belmont neighborhood is focused on providing more parking for its customers so that the neighborhood can continue to thrive. Read more, here.

Talking SCHOP! Bronx Little Italy, Part II
August 29, 2019: New York Amsterdam News

Food Editor Kysha Harris continues her tour of Arthur Avenue and pays a visit to Mario’s, Consenza’s Fish Market, Calabria Pork Store, Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and Mount Caramel Gourmet Food . Read more, here.

Talking SCHOP! Bronx Little Italy, Part II
August 22, 2019: New York Amsterdam News

What makes Arthur Avenue so magical? The history, the authenticity, and the legacy. Food Editor Kysha Harris experiences this first hand with visits to Joe’s Italian Deli and Egidio Pastry Shop. Read more, here.

Our Guide On How To Experience The Best Italian Food In NYC
August 21, 2019: The Social NY

There is one neighborhood many flock to when they want to experience the best and most authentic Italian food in NYC – the Bronx’s Little Italy. Start with a trip to Joe’s Deli that has been making mozzarella for over 30 years. Take a stroll to Egidio Pastry Shop and take the cannoli. Dine at Mario’s Restaurant celebrating its 100th anniversary and enjoy some homemade pasta at the newly established MangiPasta. Don’t forget to stop by the Arthur Avenue Retail Market and take some of the experience home with you! Read more, here.

Why You Should Go to New York City This Fall!
August 20, 2019: AFAR

If you’re looking for a major pizza fix, head to Little Italy of the Bronx for the second annual New York Pizza Festival on October 5 & 6. The event brings together the best pizzaioli from across the US and several from Italy! Tickets may be purchased here. Read more, here.

New York for the holidays: book in advance!
August 18, 2019: Travel Pulse

Before heading to the New York Botanical Garden for the train show, or the Bronx Zoo for the holiday light display, have a delicious Italian meal on Arthur Avenue! Read more, here.

Planning a visit to NYC soon? Here are 5 things you should know
August 14, 2019: USA Today

Planning a trip to NYC? Food is a major part of life, and provides a look into different cultures. If you really want the most authentic food, look outside of Manhattan. “While Little Italy has great Italian food, Arthur Avenue in the Bronx is even better.” Read more, here.

Arthur Avenue: The Italian-American Experience
August 12, 2019: Invited NYC

If you’re a foodie looking for an authentic culinary experience, there’s only one place for you: Arthur Avenue. Here, you’ll find no shortage of businesses that can tout the claim of being “multi-generational,” which makes it unique not only by New York standards, but unique from a culinary standpoint. Shaped by both Italian immigrants and their American descendants, the food on Arthur Avenue is one of the few places in the world where you can find food that is authentically Italian American: a little Italian, a little American, and a whole lot of love. Read more, here.

New York’s Best Old-Time Neighborhood – and Food – is an Easy Must-See
August 11, 2019: Forbes

If you want to feel like a New Yorker then get yourself up to what could be the last authentic old-time neighborhood – Arthur Avenue. The neighborhood reeks of authenticity. On a recent visit, stops were made at Egidio Pastry where the philosophy is “Life is uncertain, so eat the dessert first,” as well as Joe’s Deli which carries more than 50 varieties of cheese. The visit wasn’t over before indulging in pizza at Mario’s Restaurant and fresh pasta at MangiPasta. Read more, here.

Sunday Scoop Week of 8/11
August 11, 2019: Says Me Says Mom

Mario’s Restaurants was one of the first restaurants to open on Arthur Avenue in 1919. In honor of their 100th anniversary, they’re offering one free pizza appetizer for the table, when guests mention their anniversary, with a purchase of an entree during dinner hours from Tuesday-Friday until October 31st. Read more, here.

Seasonal Fall Events & New Special Holiday Experiences in the Bronx
August 7, 2019: Weekend Jaunts

This fall and winter are going to be very exciting in the Bronx! Fun fall events include Ferragosto on September 8, and New York Pizza Festival on October 5 & 6. Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo returns November 21, and on November 23 the New York Botanical Garden kicks off their Holiday Train Show.  Read more, here.

Awkwafina shares the hidden gems that NYC toursits and foodies are missing out on
August 1, 2019: Business Insider

New York City native, Awkwafina, shares that the Bronx’s Little Italy has one of her favorite spots for Italian food. She comments there’s a lot of history that can be found in the outer boroughs, but also a lot of good food. Read more, here.

New York’s Other Little Italy
July 31, 2019: Blog Talk Radio

The Bronx gives Manhattan’s Little Italy a run for its money. Arthur Avenue is less crowded and offers an authentic atmosphere, a plethora of Italian eateries, bakeries and places for great ethnic goodies. Read and listen to more, here.

The 28 Best Pizza Places in NYC
July 30, 2019: Thrillist

It’s a well known fact that the best pizza is located in New York City. Thrillist put together a list of the best places for a slice, and we’re happy to share our very own Mario’s Restaurant and Zero Otto Nove made the list. Scott Wiener, Scott’s Pizza Tours, states Mario’s is “so phenomenal, a missing link of New York style pizza, dense, crunchy, built like a margarita pizza but comes out like a cheese pizza.” Regarding Zero Otto Nove he states “it’s such a gorgeous restaurant, one of the prettiest pizza restaurants. The pizza is denser than a Neopolitan pizza — you just have to breathe in the air.” Read more, here.

ACF Fiorentina Pep Rally Held on Arthur Ave
July 27, 2019: Bronx Times

Italian professional football club ACF Fiorentina traveled all the way from Florence to the Bronx’s Little Italy for a celebratory pep rally. During the pep rally, a special honor was given to Regina Migliucci-Delfino, of Mario’s Restaurant, in recognition of their 100th Anniversary. Read more, here.

Arthur Avenue Restaurant Celebrates 100 Years in the Bronx’s Little Italy
July 26, 2019: Untapped Cities

The neighborhood is known for its authentic, old style, Italian restaurants and this year, Mario’s Restaurant is celebrating its centennial anniversary. Today the restaurant is owned by Joseph Migliucci, but the business was originally a pizza shop opened by his great grandmother, Scolastica Migliucci and her son, Giuseppe in 1919. Read more, here.

How to See the Best of NYC Without the Crowds, According to a Tour Guide
July 25, 2019: Travel & Leisure

Head a bit north from the Little Italy in Manhattan and visit the Real Little Italy. Sample some hand-pulled mozzarella from Casa Della Mozzarella, grab a sandwich from Mike’s Deli in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and don’t forget about the pastries! Read more, here.

Christmas in July: 25 Iconic & Unexpected Ways to Celebrate the Holidays in New York City
July 24, 2019: NYC & Company

This holiday season make sure to head to the Bronx for a special eay to kick off the season. Don’t miss the Belmont BIDs annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on November 30th. The event features a visit from Santa, Italian cookies and hot chocolate, and gifts for children from Love Holds Life Foundation. Read more, here.

The Best Sandwich Shops in NYC
July 22, 2019: Eater

You know a sandwich when you see one! Eater did the tough work of finding the best in the City and of course a few neighborhood joints were mentioned. At Estrellita Poblana III, get the hefty Cemita. Refried bean sread and mayo on a sesame roll top, stretchy Oaxacan cheese, avocado, smoky chipotle peppers, onion, and Mexican herbs with your choice of meat. At Casa Della Mozzarella, get the II Classico panini which features mozarella, tomato, basil and olive oil. Joe’s Deli received an honorable mention for their chicken parm. Read more, here.

Pep rally held for Bronx-raised ACF Fiorentina owner
July 21, 2019: News 12 The Bronx

Rocco Commisso, the owner of ACF Fiorentina, moved from Italy to the Bronx when he was 12 years old and says he’s thankful he can give back to the borough. The Belmont BID hosted a pep rally for ACF Fiorentina ahead of their International Champions Cup Game. Watch the interview, here.

Italian Professional Football Club Coming to Arthur Ave
July 18, 2019: BronxMama

Make sure to head to Arthur Ave on Sunday, July 21st for a fun pep rally in celebration of ACF Fiorentina, and homecoming of owner Rocco Commisso, who grew up in the Bronx. The team will present a signed soccer ball to Mario’s Restaurant in honor of their centennial, and will be giving out tickets and team swag to fans! Read more, here.

Road Trip: Arthur Avenue
July 17, 2019: News 12 The Bronx

Of all the places in the Bronx borough, Arthur Avenue offers old-world charm perfect for a summer evening making it the week three winner of Bronx 12’s Road Trip challenge. Customers come from all over the Bronx and New York to visit the specialty Italian shops and restaurants many of which have been in the Belmont neighborhood’s Little Italy for 100 years. Plan a road trip to visit Arthur Avenue and feel what makes this neighborhood so special! Read and watch more, here.

The Top 10 Secrets of The Bronx’s Arthur Avenue
July 2, 2019: Untapped Cities

Many people know that Arthur Avenue is famous for its restaurants and artisan shops, however, many may not know about the neighborhoods fascinating history. For example, did you know that the neighborhood used to be a tobacco plant or that Arthur Avenue is named after President Chester A. Arthur? Read on for more secrets, here.

‘AOC Effect’ helps business boom for district eateries
June 28, 2019: News12 The Bronx

Earlier this month, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez tweeted out some dining reccomendations in the Bronx. On her list, was our very own Mangi Pasta. AOC described the location as super fresh, handmade Italian and family owned. Since the tweet, Mangi Pasta owners Aurora and Estevan Cerrato, stated there has been an increase in business.  Read more, here.

Experiencing the Real Little Italy along the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue
June 18, 2019: The Commoner

The real Little Italy is the neighborhood surrounding Arthur Avenue in the Bronx. It’s here you’ll find delicious food like raw clams from Cosenza’s Fish Market, cheese from Calandra Cheese, sausage from Calabria Pork Store, pizza from Full Moon Pizza, cannoli from Gino’s Pastry Shop, rainbow cookies from Egidio Pastry, taralli from Madonia Bakery, and the daily specials at Trattoria Tra di Noi. Read more about their delicious adventure, here.

6 Things to do this summer in the Bronx
June 14, 2019: City Guide NY

The Bronx is full of exciting things to see, do, and eat this summer! Of course there’s Yankee Stadium, the Bronx Zoo, and the New York Botanical Garden – but there’s also Arthur Avenue! Select your own freshly made pasta and pair it with one of the many sauces available at Mangi Pasta. Many of their ingredients are sourced from Italy! Enjoy Spiedini alla Romana at Mario’s Restaurant which is celebrating their centennial milestone this year! The chef at Cka Ka Qellu reccomends the tradita mixed grill platter and skenderberg, which is smoked meat stuffed with cheese and then breaded, fried and doused with a white creamy dressing! Read more, here.

Eating Along Arthur Avenue: A Walking Tour of the Bronx’s Little Italy
June 14, 2019: Eater NY

Before the arrival of Italian immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, Belmont was part of a tobacco farm. Today the neighborhood is rife with dining options. On his tour, critic Robert Sietsema, enjoyed burek from Tony & Tina’s Pizzeria, sfogliatelle from Egidio Pastry Shop, and ravioli to go from Borgatti’s. The tour continued with a hero from Joe’s Deli, ricotta from Calandra Cheese,  meals at Mario’s and Dominick’s and cannoli from Madonia Bakery. Of course the visit wouldn’t be complete without stops at the locals parks, Mount Carmel Church, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, and Teitel Brothers. Read more, here.

Local business owners bring Little Italy pasta sauce to the shelves
June 13, 2019: News 12 The Bronx

The Belmont BID teamed up with Summer Garden last year to create a line of pasta sauces labeled Little Italy in the Bronx. The label on each bottle of sauce shares the neighborhood’s rich history. Peter Madonia, Belmont BID Chairman, shares we are all about authenticity – things that are still done the way earlier generations had done it. Watch the segment here.

Summer Garden Launches Little Italy in the Bronx Sauce
June 7, 2019: The Business Journal

Little Italy in the Bronx sauces are the culmination of a partnership between Summer Garden and the Belmont BID.  Summer Garden fell in love with the neighborhood and its history which is shared on each bottle. Proceeds from each jar go back to the community. The brand is expected to expand shortly to include a balsamic vinegar and a variety of pastas. Read more here.

Tradition tastes fresh in Little Italy
May 27, 2019: Crain’s New York Business

The Bronx has seen a remarkable rebranding and rejuventation during the last decade, and we’re poised for an even greater growth in the future comments Marlene Cintron, President, BOEDC. In Little Italy history, tradition, and culture live here. The neighborhood has changed, but feels the same – the mix of new and old keeps Little Italy going strong. Read more here.

Belmont store brings Italian luxury fashion, tailoring tradition to the Bronx
May 13, 2019: News 12 The Bronx

In 2017, Enzo Emini and his partner, Vitto, launched the brand Vitto Machiavelli in Naples. The brand allowed customers to choose fabrics to create custom suits, dresses, and tracksuits with. Nearly one year ago Emini brought his creations to the neighborhood. Emini comes from a family of tailors, and all measurements taken in the Bronx store get sent to Italy.  Read more here.

Kicking off Bronx Week at Arthur Avenue
May 13, 2019: PIX 11 New York

What better way to kick off Bronx Week than here on Arthur Avenue! Generations come to Arthur Avenue to embrace the Italian and Bronx cultures, and they always come back. It’s for the food and the welcoming atmosphere. At Mike’s Deli, David Greco honored Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. with a dish named after Diaz. View the segment here.

Bronx Week 2019 Highlights Local Business
May 9, 2019: NBC New York

Here in Little Italy it’s Bronx Week and NBC 4 came to visit the neighborhood and merchants that are staying true to their roots. At Casa Della Mozzarella,  Orazio shares that the neighborhood is so authentic he felt right at home when he moved here from Sicily. At Gino’s Pastry Shop they’re promoting their Bronx Tale Special – a delicious cannolo and cappuccino. View the segment here.

Little Italy in the Bronx
April 29, 2019: Inspirock

Hundreds of thousands of shoppers, food connoisseurs, and tourists flock to the Little Italy in the Bronx every year, making it one of New York’s most visited neighborhoods. Authentic Italian culture can be experienced at any one of the world-class restaurants, high-quality artisanal food shops, and specialty stores. On your next trip to the Bronx, come visit the charming old-world ambiance of Arthur Avenue, indulge in the variety of imported and hand-made goods, and hear of the history of generations of Italian families. Read more here .

NYC’s Balkan restaurants share culture, traditions with classic dishes
April 23, 2019: AM New York

The Balkans’ form of crispy, melty cheese and bread combination is the burek. Not only can you find these specialities in the region but also in NYC. In our neighborhood, Çka Ka Qëllu reflects the culture of Albania and Kosovo in their food and decor. Ramiz Kukaj, the owner, was inspired by 15th and 16th century Balkan architecture. He collected wood over 10 years which was made into dishes while the floor is covered with a 20 year old carpet that has burn marks from wartimes; all remind customers of the history and culture of Albania. “When you walk in here, you see my spirit. You see our culture,” says Kukaj. Read more here .

Bronx Bakery Preps for Easter
April 19, 2019: News 12 The Bronx

The 100 year old Madonia Bakery rolls out it’s specialty breads for Easter. Customers place orders and flock to the famous bakery to purchase authentic Italian breads to fill their tables for the holiday. The bakery’s staff welcomes customers and customers call Madonia unbeatable. Watch the video here .

Memories Are Made of This: A Vivid Recollection of Times-Gone-By In NYC
April 19, 2019: When the Clock Strikes Midlife

John Fasano tells a story he remembers of an Easter Day as a child climbing to the 4th floor of a high rise apartment building in the Little Italy in the Bronx. Easter was a day where you dressed in your best with a hat atop, off to church and then to Nonni’s for an elaborate meal. Fasano recalls making his way to apartment 20 and hearing “Giovanni, vieni qua” from just inside each door he passed climbing the stairs. Entering, each of his grandmother’s friends offered gifts of pizza rustica, cookies, bread, cheesecake, wine, and easter baskets. By the time he reached his grandmother’s apartment his hands were filled with love. Read more here .

Borgatti’s Pasta: Keeping their dream alive
April 15, 2019: Google

Joan and Chris Borgatti are the owners of Borgatti’s Pasta founded by Chris’ grandparents 83 years ago in the Little Italy of the Bronx. At 18 years old, Chris began learning the ropes of the family business from sweeping the floor to, of course, making their handmade famous ravioli. Joan, working across the street at the pharmacy, met Chris when she came in the store one day. Later they married and now work side by side to run the store together. Borgatti’s customer base has changed over the years as some have moved away, now fueling their online sales, while new faces still enter the door everyday. Watch the video here .

Neighborhood Eats: Albanian food at Çka Ka Qellu
April 9, 2019: ABC 7 NY

Cka Ka Qellu is a restaurant of Albanian culture, history, and food in the Belmont neighborhood. Here you will find Albanian breads and salads, savory layered crepes, and plenty of meat dishes such as veal dumplings. One of the most popular dishes is the Skanderbeg, named for a military hero from the 1400s. It’s recipe includes deep fried veal cutlets layered with a soft cheese, smoked beef, and a creamy dressing. Read more and find the full recipe here .

The 38 Essential Restaurants in New York City, Spring 2019
April 9, 2019: Eater NY

Eater38 names the top restaurants to eat you should try out this Spring in NYC. Heading the list at #1 is our very own Roberto’s on Crescent Ave. Featured dishes include rabbit and the cartoccio pastas which are cooked in foil on the grill, namely the fusilli with clams, mussels, shrimp, and tomatoes. Also, don’t forget to check the chalkboard for specials which often best anything on the regular menu. Read more here.

Here’s Where to Shop for Easter on Arthur Avenue
April 8, 2019: Westchester Magazine

Easter is just around the corner. Here are five stops along Arthur Avenue where you can find your favorite Italian Easter delicacies. (1) Calabria Pork Store. Pick up some dried sausages for your traditional pizza chiena (pizza rustica). (2) Calandra’s Cheese. “The ricotta shop” is the place to go for you fixing of cheese for that pizza rustica and pastiera cakes. (3) Cafe al Mercato. Fuel up on the remainder of your shopping here. And don’t forget to order the pastiera, a golden, crunchy-on-top spaghetti frittata. (4) Gino’s Pastry Shop. Here you will find trays of traditional Sicilian marzipan lambs. (5) Mount Carmel Gourmet Food. Finally, you’ll need a giant chocolate egg and the crème de la crème. Happy Easter!
Read more here.

Rob Petrone Explores The Arthur Avenue Retail Market
March 29, 2019: Fios 1

Arthur Avenue, named after President Chester A. Arthur, became home to Italian immigrants in the late 1800s to early 1900s who came to work in construction at the nearby Botanical Gardens and Bronx Zoo. Street venders sold on Arthur Avenue and eventually moved into the Arthur Avenue Retail Market in 1940. Mike’s Deli is the first stop where Mike Greco shows us how to make the perfect “Yankee Stadium” hero. Next stop is Cafe al Mercato where Rob tries the “upside down” Bolongnese pizza. For an inside look at the Arthur Ave Retail Market, watch the full video here.

Here Are the 2019 James Beard Awards Restaurant, Chef, and Media Finalists
March 27, 2019: Eater

The James Beard Foundation released its 2019 short list recognizing outstanding restaurants, chefs, food-centric journalism, books, and broadcast media. These awards are among those of most high honor in American hospitality and our very own Casa Della Mozzarella was nominated in the Online Video, on Location category for First We Feast’s Food Skills – Mozzarella Kings of New York. The James Beard Awards Gala will be held on May 6 hosting the theme “Good Food for Good” and media awards winners will be announced on April 26.
Read more here.

Mike Greco, Salami King of Bronx’s Little Italy, Dies at 89
March 26, 2019: New York Times

Mike Greco, “The Salami King” or “The Mayor of Arthur Avenue”, passed away on March 20, 2019. Mr. Greco came to the US in 1947 along with his twin brother, a new suit, and $50. He started out in a butcher shop in the Bronx and in the early 1950s opened a delicatessen in the Arthur Avenue Retail Market which became a place of pilgrimage. Mike’s larger than life personality confirmed his love and passion for affiliation with the Bronx’s Little Italy while also brightening the day for others by belching out Puccini or Verde Aria while slicing mortadella. Read more about the life and legacy of Mike Greco here.

Fill It, Stuff It, Roll It
March 9, 2019: Publix Aprons

Expert chefs from Publix Aprons Cooking School Online teach us how to make zucchini rollatini. This recipe includes some of our favorites: zucchini, basil, mozzarella, parmesan, ricotta cheese, and…Little Italy in the Bronx Marinara Sauce! Check out the video here to see how to make this quick, easy dish for your family any day of the week.

The Best Pizza in the Bronx, New York
February 5, 2019: ESP Metal Products & Crafts

On your trip to the Bronx, you may come to experience the culture or visit the zoo, but don’t miss out on the best pizza in New York City. Some of the best spots are in our very own Little Italy. Try a thin crust pizza from Zero Otto Nove, the Italian Flag pizza at Cafe al Mercato, or all the varieties Mario’s Restaurant has to offer. You may have to make more than one trip to the Bronx to get a taste of all the best pizzas of NYC. Read more, here.

50 Factories In The U.S. That Still Make Cigars
January 31, 2019: Cigar Aficionado

America’s Gilded Age saw around 42,000 cigar factories throughout the country. Today, however, it is quite rare to find people still sourcing tobacco and rolling smokes by hand. Gregory Mottola shows us 50 cigar factories he’s found in operation throughout the US today. One of these is La Casa Grande located in our very own Belmont neighborhood in the Bronx. Read more, here.

Little Italy in the Bronx?!?! On The Bus Does Arthur Ave.
January 22, 2019: On The Bus Podcast

On The Bus Podcast with Brandon Reese visits the Bronx’s Little Italy. Stops include Addeo and Sons Bakery, Enzo’s, Gino’s Pastry, Casa Della Mozzarella, and Calabria Pork Store. Here Brandon has the full Italian experience, even filling his first cannoli, and calls Arthur Avenue “the real Little Italy of New York.” Check out the video, here.

Belmont BID pushes for more parking lots on Arthur Avenue
January 16, 2019: News 12 The Bronx

The Belmont Business Improvement District is petitioning for the DOT to allow them to purchase and assume ownership of the municipal parking lot on Hoffman. With this acquisition, the BID hopes to expand the lot in response to the growing traffic in the neighborhood and daily commutes of neighborhood workers. Although the DOT claims they have no plans to sell the lot, the BID is pushing forward with collecting signatures (at a goal of 5,000) online and around the neighborhood. Read more and watch the video, here.

Small Business Spotlight: Arthur Avenue Staple Stays Ahead Of Amazon With Quality, Consistency And Community
January 16, 2019: WCBS NewsRadio 880

Peter Madonia of the 100 year old Madonia Bakery of Arthur Avenue speaks to Joe Connolly about running the family business. Madonia says the key to success is ensuring their products are excellent and consistent…and hand made, keeping with quality and tradition. However, the business does continue to evolve. While still offering their authentic breads, the bakery continues to grow by introducing new products which are not Italian. Watch the video, here.

Belmont BID looks to buy Arthur Ave parking lot from NYC
January 12, 2019: Bronx Times

The Belmont Business Improvement District collects signatures from distressed drivers in hopes of buying the municipal parking lot off Arthur Avenue in order to expand the lot’s capacity. Hundreds of customers and neighborhood workers struggle to find parking on a daily basis with the weekends being especially busy as customers come by car from the suburbs. The mere 47 parking spaces are simply not enough to accommodate the bustling Little Italy. Read more,  here.