FW: Little Italy north? (1947)

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Tue Sep 25 18:13:58 UTC 2001

There is a neighborhood in the Bronx along Arthur Avenue that is an Italian
enclave, home to Italian markets, delis, and restaurants.  It is well known
in the city and is talked about in guide books as a place to visit for
things Italian, which it certainly is.  I had a lunch at a place there that
has no written menu and no listed prices.  One arrives, sits at a bench-type
table next to strangers, and hears from the waiter what is available that
day.  They will also make classic dishes to order if they have the
ingredients.  The food is quite good, home-style, and inexpensive by any
standard.  When you're done, the waiter tells you what you owe, and you
pay -- cash only.

Frank Abate

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On 9/24/01 23:02, "Laurence Horn" <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU> wrote:

> Getting us hungry again, Barry.  I was struck by this application of
> "the heart of Little Italy" to a quarter within East Harlem.

There are still a couple of classic, old-school, old-New York Italian
restaurants in the neighborhood, though I can't for the life of me remember
them right now.


Grant Barrett
gbarrett at worldnewyork.org
New York Loves You Back

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