Celebrate Restaurant Week In The Historic Arthur Avenue Neighborhood Of The Bronx
Restaurant Week in NYC is an opportunity gourmands celebrate twice a year. Although there are participating restaurants in every borough, the overwhelming majority is in Manhattan, which is why we love this year’s winter edition . The Belmont Business Improvement District in the Bronx has launched the inaugural Little Italy in The Bronx Winter Restaurant WeekLittle Italy in The Bronx Winter Restaurant Week. Running until February 13, the historic Arthur Avenue neighborhood in the Bronx has been noted for where to get the best Italian food , is worth the trek this week.
“We’re thrilled to announce our inaugural Little Italy in the Bronx Restaurant Week,” noted Peter Madonia, Chairman of the Belmont BID. “The two-week program provides visitors and locals a way to experience the best of Arthur Avenue and the family-owned and operated local businesses, many of which have been handed down over several generations and founded nearly a century ago.” As you can tell, we are huge fans of this area, and if you haven’t hopped on the D train or Metro North, we have listed 9 reasons on why you should dine here this week.
Diners can enjoy a three-course prix-fixe lunch for $20 and a three-course prix-fixe dinner for $30 excluding gratuity, tax, and alcohol, at various eateries of Little Italy in the Bronx.
2. Ann & Tony’s
Established in 1927 by Eugenio and Rosa Napolitano, Ann & Tony’s has been passed through four generations of the Napolitano family. They have been serving classic Italian-American cuisine for over 90 years on Arthur Avenue.
All their dishes are based on authentic, traditional recipes that emulate nonna’s home cooking. The voluminous menu includes entrées with fresh local ingredients, handmade pastas, Italian American comfort food, and more. Their motto is “when you’re here, you’re family.”
With all their pasta made in-house, this Italian-American eatery is part of Chef Roberto Paciullo’s restaurant group which also owns and operates Roberto’s Restaurant and Zero Otto Nove in the neighborhood.
5. Gerbasi Ristorante
Known for their homemade pasta and fresh mozzarella, this Italian ristorante is also owned and operated by locals who treat each guest as family.
Dine here for dinner as Mario’s Restaurant is celebrating their 100th Anniversary this year. Mario’s is the first restaurant to join the portfolio of specialty stores in the Arthur Avenue Centennial Club. Countless notables have dined at this establishment including Elizabeth Taylor and Martin Scorsese. You may also recognize this spot from watching HBO’s The Sopranos.
With over 20 years of experience, this Arthur Avenue family-owned and operated restaurant features a brick oven and sources locally grown produce and meat. The large welcoming space has a unique layout, with the kitchen in the front and the seating in the back of the restaurant.
Inspired by genuine experiences, MangiPasta opened in 2018 as the newest fast casual eatery and believes in the Italian tradition of crafting homemade pasta from scratch. Co-owned by a couple who hails from Naples, MangiPasta cooks strictly Italian cuisine and has a passion for fresh produce which drives them to use only the finest ingredients, prepared on-site, by hand, every day.
9. San Gennaro Ristorante
Born in Capua near Caserta in Italy, Chef & Owner Gennaro Martinelli was trained in Paris and attended the French Culinary Institute, then opened various restaurants in Belgium and toured the world with various culinary projects in Austria, Kenya, Thailand, Brazil and Switzerland. Chef Martinelli opened San Gennaro on Arthur Avenue in 2014, serving true Italian dishes with imported and local ingredients and handmade pastas.
Reservations can be made at restaurant directly or by visiting the website, www.bronxlittleitaly.com/little-italy-in-the-bronx-restaurant-week.