As one of the many Little Italies in the New York area, Arthur Avenue is more of a well-kept secret than the others. Nonetheless, it is often raved for being the best place for bread, pasta, meat, pastries and espresso machines, the only place to buy Italian sausage and many other acknowledgements.
New Yorkers generally fall into two categories: those who have never heard of Arthur Avenue, and those who call it their home away from home. Little Italy of The Bronx has more Italian-American establishments than any of its rivals. The food, dining, house wares and other goods found at Arthur Avenue are incomparable.
Arthur Avenue is the perfect destination for a relaxing dinner and a weekend stroll. The friendly, small-town atmosphere is one that brings crowds from miles away and creates lifelong customers and family members.
Generations of Italian-American families have created that friendly, small-town feeling. Their establishments permeate the neighborhood, just as the smell of cooking sausage and peppers does. Many notable people have come from Arthur Avenue, including actor Chazz Palminteri, author Don DiLillo and musician Dion DiMucci. DiMucci's band, Dion and the Belmonts, is named after Belmont Avenue, a local street. Robert DeNiro discovered actor Joe Pesci at one of the local restaurants and kick-started his acting career.