If you're a fan of Italian food (who isn't?) then you're well aware that New York's real "Little Italy" is located in the Bronx. Mulberry Street had a good run but the reign is over. The other boros also have thier own versions of "Little Italy" but they pale in comparison to Arthur Ave & 187th St, otherwise known as the Belmont area of the Bronx.
That brings me to my latest find, Antonio's Trattoria. Located across the street from the old home of Roberto's (the neighborhoods most popular restaurant) Antonio's is as easy going as it is delicious. When you walk in you’re greeted by an eager and friendly hostess ready to seat you and start your nite out with a smile. The cherry wood finish of Antonio's gives it a nice classy feel, complimented by the wonderful voice of Sinatra playing softly through the sound system. Obviously major points with me.
Ask any New Yorker about Arthur Avenue in the Bronx and you get either puzzlement or a flood of loving sentiment about the real Little Italy of New York, the best place for bread, pasta, meat, pastries, the only place to buy Italian sausage, and more. The paradox is real: Many New Yorkers never heard of the place, while for others it's home away from home ... although it is often a well-kept secret.
There is a new spot on Belmont Ave. at 186th, just off Arthur Ave. called Antonio's Trattoria (718-733-6630)...we have been there several times and find the food and ambiance to be very good...they serve primarily Italian-American fare from good crusty pizzas to Short Ribs and Osso Buco...