Southern Italian-American food, I read, is making a comeback, despite the fact that it has never been away. Yet, driven by endless articles about new, “authentic” pizzerias, the food media seem suddenly aware that Italian-American cooking has for more than a century been built on solid foundations of Neapolitan, Calabrian, Abruzzese and Sicilian tw...

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...

I've only lived in New York for about a year now, but I've been in love with the city for as long as I can remember. And like any normal relationship, my infatuation with NYC has had its peaks and valleys. Sometimes it's hard to look past the stale smell of the subway or the $14 price tag on every decent-looking salad, but when I was invited by Mar...

An annual celebration in the Bronx is focusing on family and food this year. The 22nd annual St. Theresa's Italian American Family Feast kicked off this past Wednesday. The event is serving up Italian-American food and pastries like zeppoles, calzones and fried Oreos by various vendors. The festival also offers American dishes such as burgers and h...

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...

C’era una volta Little Italy, il quartiere italoamericano più famoso d’America, casa di migliaia di italiani emigrati qui dalla fine dell’Ottocento agli anni 50, ultima ondata migratoria massiccia. Fu in quella porzione nella Lower East di Manhattan che si stabilirono gli italiani, soprattutto del Sud: i siciliani a Elizabeth Steet, Mulberry street...

The In Scena! Theater Festival kicks off its sixth year of programming tonight, May 7 with a special performance of We Are Not Alone, a play about a psychiatric inmate facing struggles in the outside world. Other theater offerings throughout the course of the 15-day festival run from thrilling to dramatic to comedic and tragic. The best bit of news...

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...