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Exploring Arthur Avenue

By Travel Savvy

The American Planning Association, dedicated to the field of urban planning, recently named Arthur Avenue in the Bronx one of 2016's "Great Streets of America," because of its perfect mix of cultural and commercial, and its rich Italian heritage and history that makes the street absolutely one of the best destinations in New York City.

Some New York natives are quick to point out that Arthur Avenue should be acknowledged as the "real Little Italy;" the Italian immigrant history that began in 1950's is still strong today. While new shops occasionally pop up, the originals--from cannoli stands to pasta shops to butchers--are going strong, having been passed down through generations of families still living in the neighborhood. Whether you're looking for Olive Bread, fresh mozzarella or cannolis, Arthur Avenue doesn't miss a beat when it comes to delivering authentic Italian goods and much more.

Madonia Brothers Bakery 1

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Madonia Brothers Bakery

2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx

Open Monday through Saturday 6:00AM - 7:00PM; Sunday 7:00AM - 6:00PM

As soon as you walk into Madonia Brothers Bakery, the smell of freshly baked goods takes over your senses and suddenly you're in the difficult position of obsessing over what to buy. The family-run Sicilian bakery has been operating since 1918 and has been churning out variety breads, biscotti, cookies and piped-to-order cannolis since then. We love their loaves of bread, which include ingredients like Spinach and Cheese, Jalapeno, and Prosciutto--but our favorite (and everyone else's favorite) is the Olive Bread!

Prince's Coffee House 2

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Prince's Coffee House

2306 Arthur Ave, Bronx

Open Monday through Sunday 7:00AM - 11:00PM

While the vibe in 'the real Little Italy' is decidedly old-school with tons of decades-old family-run businesses that give the street its charm, Prince's Coffee House is a newcomer--it opened in 2016 and has become quite a popular destination, serving Prince Espresso and Devolli Turkish Coffee brands that are roasted in Kosovo. Even more delightful than the coffee is their homebaked pastries, like poppy seed cake, berry cheesecake, gusto bianco, etc. You can’t beat the atmosphere, either -- friendly staff, unique and artistic decor, and popular music hits playing in the background.  

Arthur Avenue Retail Market 3

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Arthur Avenue Retail Market

2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx

Open daily at 6:00AM

Modeled after a classic European market, the Arthur Avenue Retail Market is one of the closest approximations of an Italian bazaar in the US. With 10 merchants under one roof, the vendors offer Italian foods, bakery items, dry goods, fresh produce and even garden needs! It is also home to The Bronx Beer Hall, La Casa Grande Cigars, Peter's Meat Market and Mike’s Deli -- which was recently featured on the hit TV show "Throwdown" with Bobby Flay.

Morrone Pastry Shop & Cafe 4

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Morrone Pastry Shop & Cafe

2349 Arthur Ave, Bronx

www.morronepastry.com

Open Monday through Thursday 6:30AM - 7:30PM; Friday 6:30AM - 8:30PM; Saturday 6:30AM - 10:30PM; Sunday 8:00AM - 8:30PM

Locals know that the best Italian pastry shops in NYC are on Arthur Avenue. Morrone Pastry Shop & Cafe is one of the Avenue's best of the best, offering over 140 different selections--including traditional and modern pastries, cookies, biscotti and cakes. We recommend stopping by for dessert after a delicious Italian meal from one of the restaurants on the street!  

Trattoria Zero Otto Nove 5

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Trattoria Zero Otto Nove

2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx

www.089nyc.com

Open Tuesday through Thursday 12:00PM - 2:30PM, 4:30PM - 10:00PM; Friday and Saturday 12:00PM - 2:30PM, 4:30PM - 11:00PM; Sunday 1:00PM - 9:00PM

Finally! An authentic Italian dinner! Chef Roberto Paciullo, native of Salerno, Italy opened Trattoria Zero Otto Nove in 2008, named after his hometown's telephone area code (089). Chef Paciullo uses local products, makes his own fresh pasta and purees his own fresh tomatoes by hand -- no mass produced goods here! While they serve belly-busting portions of southern Italian fare, the trattoria specializes in Naples-style pizza, offering 14 tasty options.    

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