In the latest episode of The Dig, CBS2’s Elle McLogan takes a culinary tour of “Little Italy” in the Bronx. Her guide is Italian-born cook Beatrice Tosti, owner of East Village restaurant Il Posto Accanto. Here are Tosti’s top shopping tips: 1. Know where your food comes from. Tosti entrusts Calabria Pork Store with the cheese for her restaurant. “...

Mozzarella isn't just a cheese, it's a work of art—at least the way it's made at Casa Della Mozzarella in the Bronx. Located on the corner of 187th Street and Arthur Avenue, the beloved Italian deli is helmed by father-son duo Orazio and Carlo Carciotto. Armed with little more than a pot of boiling water, a few pinches of salt, and an old wooden oa...

Through a dreary door and up a flight of stairs in an old brick apartment building is Philip Marino’s Arthur Avenue office. It’s situated dead center in the Little Italy of the Bronx on a block that boasts culinary institutions like Full Moon Pizza, open since 1976, and Teitel Brothers Grocery, open since 1915.  If you weren’t looking for Marino, t...

Arthur Avenue’s iconic Madonia Bakery is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year and with National Olive Day on Friday, June 1, the historic bakery is offering up their famous Olive Bread’s sought-after recipe. Third generation owner Peter Madonia and his partner and head baker, Charles Lalima currently run the bakery.  With family traditions p...

The Bronx’s Belmont community can date its history all the way back to 1792, when French tobacconist Pierre Abraham Lorillard opened the Lorillard Snuff Mill as the first tobacco firm in the country, and possibly the world. European influences continued to proliferate in the area, and at the turn of the 19th century, flocks of Italian immigrants mo...

There are still many Little Italys in the United States. Some of them are just a few blocks now, other are what's left of the urbanization that brought large roads in the middle of many American cities after the war, several times crashing an Italian community. Every one of them is a place where a big Italian heart has been, is and hopefully always...

There is something very enchanting about snow, especially when it’s snowing on Arthur Avenue during Christmastime. We had the luxury of being a part of the exclusive Arthur Avenue food tour with Danielle Oteri and Anthony Fasano of The Italian American Podcast. Besides tantalizing our taste buds, we were given some first hand looks at what goes on...

With all of the Christmas shopping going on, it’s important to remember all of the food. It’s a huge part of the celebration, and many people are making a special trip to the Bronx to get their staples. As CBS2’s Andrea Grymes explained, stepping foot on Arthur Avenue in the Bronx’s Little Italy, will make you feel like you’re back in the old count...

  On the Northeast corner of Arthur Avenue and 186th Street stands a little shop with a bright green awning. Passersby mosey around the entrance, inspecting piles of San Marzano tomatoes, black olives, and Lupini beans that are constructed into neat towers. A woman with a thick New York accent inquires about the roasted red peppers in the window.“I...

A legendary merchant in Belmont was immortalized with a street naming near the store he ran for decades. Mario Borgatti, proprietor of Borgatti’s Ravioli & Egg Noodles on East 187th Street and a fixture in Belmont’s business and philanthropic efforts for decades, was posthumously honored with a street co-naming near his iconic business on Sunday, J...