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WEEKDAY MAGAZINE – Little Italy

The Bronx Little Italy (travelincousins.com)

by Amber Perez

April 17, 2019

If you ask any New Yorker about Arthur Avenue in The Bronx, you get either puzzlement or a flood of loving sentiment about one of the greatest neighborhoods in The Bronx. This is the best place for bread, pasta, meat, pastries, espresso machines, and basically the only place to buy a real, Italian sausage. Arthur Avenue, also known as Little Italy, is famous for its traditional Italian-American atmosphere. It has to be by far, the best place to grow up. Especially being Italian.

Little Italy stays within the Belmont section of The Bronx. Whether you call it Belmont, Little Italy, or Arthur Avenue, it definitely beats any neighborhood with the number of establishments offering fine Italian-American foods, dining, house wares and other goods.

There’s nothing like that sweet smell of sausage and peppers when you pass by a restaurant. Or the lovely smell of baked goods and bread when passing by a bakery and pastry shop. Or even that weird, funky smell of cheese when you past by a local cheese deli. It’s undeniably beautiful.

I mean, where else can you find such a wealth and breadth of fine Italian cuisine within a short walk through a neighborhood. It’s like a home away from home.

Not only is there great food and house wares, there’s also many traditions that have been going on for years. Generations of Italian families have given the area a special small-town character unique for an urban setting. One of the biggest traditions is the Mt. Carmel carnival that happens every year. It usually happens in between May or June and it goes on for about a week.

The carnival is about four to five blocks long. It’s filled with games, rides, food trucks and merchandise stands. Within the food trucks, people buy Italian Sausages and other great foods of all kind. There’s also a stage where people can perform! That has got to be the best part, besides the carnival games and rides of course. It doesn’t get any better than that.

No other neighborhood can boast all they have to offer on just a few short blocks. It’s not just the food, it’s a way of life. Traditions inherited from the past that is seldom seen today. It’s a great place to visit and an even better place to live. 

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Amber Perez is a sophomore in college who writes fictional, non-fiction stories and poetry. she also writes about current events and is studying to be a journalist.

Submit original writing for publication in WEEKDAY MAGAZINE, click here.  Fiction, non-fiction, commentary, news, news analysis, and poetry are welcome.  Bronx slant always preferred.

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