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...

Food in the Bronx is reflective of the characteristics that make this borough unique: it’s got one foot rooted in “the old country” and one foot in the new, bridging the gap with a passion for tradition. Many cultures are represented throughout the Bronx, but Arthur Avenue continues to be predominantly Italian American just as it was during the ear...

Little Italy in Lower Manhattan has long been associated with pizza parlors and gelato bars. But with gentrification, the neighborhood has shrunk and many residents have relocated to other boroughs and suburbs. One of the most noteworthy is the Bronx’s Arthur Avenue, where another, more authentic Little Italy proves harder to get to for tourists bu...

Despite the sophisticated experience that comes with classically Italian restaurants like Enzo’s and Zero Otto Nove, my parents only visit so many times a semester. To compensate, I typically wind up with Italian-American comfort food from Michaelangelo’s. Usually, I’ll down too many glasses of wine and order lobster ravioli in vodka sauce. However...

The problem with turning 107, Joe Binder said, is that “you can’t work no more.” Mr. Binder turns 107 on Saturday, but he had the confidence to celebrate early during his regular Wednesday lunch at Mario’s on Arthur Avenue, the main drag in Belmont, a longstanding Italian neighborhood in the Bronx. Until a few years ago, Mr. Binder was holding down...