New York's Other Little Italy

Sep 17, 2013 1515

Once home to the likes of astronomer Carl Sagan and Oscar-winning actress Marisa Tomei, Brooklyn, New York's Bensonhurst neighborhood has produced more than celebrities. Its generations-owned pasticcerias, salumerias, homemade bread and mozzarella stores and open-air produce markets have created some of the most authentic Italian specialty foods that New York has to offer.

Though today's Bensonhurst is a mix of cultures ranging from Russian to Chinese, the Italian community has maintained its presence since the 1900s. Stores offering traditional tastes of Italy line the district's main thoroughfare, 18th Avenue between 67th Street and Bay Ridge Parkway, and surrounding backstreets. Here is a look at some of the merchants that have remained a foothold in the community and continue to attract customers from all around.

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