It’s well known to Fordham students and regular foodies alike that Arthur Avenue is home to some top notch grub. Some even call this strip the “Real Little Italy.” From fish and meat markets to cheese havens, Fordham students are lucky to have such places nearby when we feel like ditching our meal plan. We don't have to look any further than Tino’s...

An Italian immigrant who got his start making cheese in the Bronx is reflecting on his experience in the U.S. during the city's Immigrant Heritage Week. The owner of the store he first began working at in 1986, Orazio Carciotto, started out knowing nothing about mozzarella. Carciotto is just one of hundreds of thousands of immigrants who has come t...

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...

Several unsung community members will be recognized for their various contributions to Italian American education. The Forum of Italian American Educators will sponsor its 34th annual FIAME Awards and Dinner Dance on Friday, April 20 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Villa Barone Manor. Buffet and cocktails will be served from 6 to 7:30 p.m. with an Italian-...

Worth a trip from anywhere in the city, the Arthur Ave. area of the Bronx is less than a mile from the B train stop at 182nd-183rd Sts. There are dozens of worthwhile restaurants and shops in this Little Italy, a part of the neighborhood called Belmont. These three are a great starting point.  You can buy dried pasta, cured olives and countless oth...

Carnevale, a word that in Italy means much more than the beginning of Lent and a celebration with masks and parades. It represents a celebration of life and a day where you can be what you dreamed of being: a cow boy, an astronaut, a car racer, or maybe even Julius Caesar or whatever historical character you have a liking to. That is why Venice, Vi...

Kairos Italy Theater, New York’s preeminent Italian Theater Company, and KIT Italia present the 6th Edition of In Scena! Italian Theater Festival NY, which will feature a record 12 shows, brought over from Italy to NYC, including a Special Opening Night Event, We are Not Alone starring Dario D’Ambrosi. The 15-day, 5-borough Festival, founded by KIT...

The Forum of Italian American Educators (FIAME) invites high school students to apply for scholarships of at least $1,000 each before the deadline of March 23. Applicants should be seniors of Italian descent at a Bronx or Lower Westchester school with an 85% average or above who demonstrate Italian American pride through participation in school and...

Mike Napolitano was the “dude.” He grew up playing on the streets of the Bronx in New York during the Great Depression. At that time a world away from the serenity of Muskoka. Napolitano was a first-generation American with Italian parents. His life navigates like a novel with stories of hunger, deprivation, and unemployment during his childhood in...

Situated at 604 E 187th street is an Arthur Avenue staple: Casa de Mozzarella. A true haven of meats and cheeses, it was opened twenty-five years ago by Sicily native Orazio Carciotto and his son Carlo. Casa is an old school spot specializing in Italian deli fare, cold cuts, olive oils, and, most notably, homemade mozzarella. The store itself is na...