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Easter is Around The Corner….Time To Take A Ride To Arthur Ave.

I know everyone loves Arthur Ave!!! And everyone also has all their favorite places where they like to do their shopping. A few years ago, in response to so many requests, I did my own Arthur Ave Shopping Tour and discovered so many good hidden gems. I definitely do not go there enough though and I really want to learn more about the area. My amazing Blogging friend Stacy Knows posted a great guide to preparing for Easter on Arthur Ave. I had to copy her and share the information with you. So here goes….

Madonia Bakery Specialty Easter Bread

In advance of Easter, Sunday, April 4, the Belmont Business Improvement District (BID) is egg-cited to announce that a variety of merchants in Bronx Little Italy will feature a number of offerings available to help shoppers and visitors celebrate safely. The neighborhood features New York City’s best, authentic Italian restaurants, bakers, delicatessens, pastry shops, and specialty stores and is often owned and operated by the same families that founded them nearly a century ago.

Whether you’re filling baskets for little ones, creating an egg hunt or making a special dinner for your loved ones or your social distancing pod, local merchants will be offering specialty Easter bread, chocolate eggs, hand painted marzipan lambs, fresh lamb meat and roasts,  and more. There’s something for everyone to enjoy and be hoppy about this year with offerings available for shipping, delivery, or in-store purchase.

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2021 Easter Offerings Include

Madonia Bakery and Addeo Bakery – Madonia Bakery and Addeo Bakery are both multi-generational, family-owned bakeries well known for their specialty Easter bread, which is a sweet Italian tradition. Baked in the shape of a wreath, the specialty bread is made with three pieces of dough braided together to represent the Holy Trinity. Both bakeries are open for takeout.

Vincent’s Meat Market – Family owned and operated since 1954, Vincent’s Meat Market has been providing high quality, fresh meat, and poultry sourced from reputable farms. Offering a variety of lamb roasts, a very popular and traditional meat to serve on Easter, Vincent’s Meat Market is open for in store shopping, delivery and shipping.

Vincent’s Meat Market Lamb

Artuso Pastry – Established in 1946, Artuso Pastry has become a nationally recognized culinary treasure through dedication and authenticity, one fabulous cannoli at a time. The shop manufactures 10 million cannoli a year and this Easter, customers can customize their own cannoli at the cannoli bar. Additional offerings include Struffoli, also known as honey balls, a staple on the Italian dessert table for Easter. The Neapolitan dish is made of deep fried dough with honey, among other sweet ingredients. Artuso’s is open for in store purchase and shipping.

Gino’s Pastry Shop – Celebrating over 60years in business, owner, Jerome Raguso, maintains the shops traditional roots and honors the recipes of his father, the founder. Every Easter, Jerome offers hand painted marzipan lambs, a traditional Sicilian delicacy that are hard to come by these days, as well as handmade Easter biscuits. Available for in store purchase and shipping.

Gino’s Pastry Easter Marzipan Lamb

Teitel Brothers Cerini Coffee & Gifts – Leading up to Easter, shoppers can find a plethora of Chocolate Easter Eggs in a variety of chocolates, fillings, and even some with little toys. Perfect for filling Easter baskets or the dessert table, both stores are open for in-store shopping and available for shipping.

Arthur Ave

I am always asked about Arthur Ave,  Little Italy in the Bronx.  Where to shop? Where to eat? When to go?.  I do go there from time to time but I am in no way and expert on the I knew I really needed to spend a day there to write this post. I asked my friend Sandra to come along and show me her favorite places.  Sandra is an amazing cook and she knows all the best places. Here is what I learned…NOW I feel I am an expert on the area (well almost!!!!!)   I am thinking we need to do a blog group shopping day before the holidays. Sandra and I went first thing on a Monday morning and there were no crowds, it was empty. I have also been on the weekend and parking is a little tougher and the stores are more crowded.  I would definitely plan your trip during the week, if possible, especially since the holidays are approaching.  

Casa Della Mozzarella
604 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
This is THE place for Mozzarella.  I bought salted and it was incredible.  I also bought blue cheese stuffed olives and antipasto salad.  Both were fabulous!!!
Vincent’s Meat Market
 2374 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
I have been coming here for years.  I love the stuffed chicken breast.  It is great for family dinner or to serve at dinner parties.  The chicken is stuffed with spinach and cheese.  The steaks and lamb chops here are also incredible. They will vacuum seal your purchases so you can freeze them once you get home.
Cosenza’s Oyster Bar
 2374 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
The seafood is so fresh.  I loved the cooked shrimp here for shrimp cocktail.  Great oysters too!
Terranova Bakery
691 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
Hands down the BEST bread.  It has won awards!!!  I bought a sliced loft of Italian bread and a large pizza bread (you have to try it).  My family went crazy for it!!!  They are having a slice every night with dinner.  They will also give you plastic bags to freeze your bread so it lasts longer.
Borgattis Ravoli and Egg Noodles
632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
The fresh pasta is amazing.  They say the Ravoli is the best in NY!!!!
Full Moon Pizza
 600 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
My kids always want to stop here when we are in the area.  You HAVE to try this pizza.  
Teitel Brothers
2372 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
This was my first time here and I was in awe of everything.  From the selection of canned tomatoes to the Italian meats and specialty cheeses.  I bought a delicious gorgonzola cheese and a truffle Pecorino. AMAZING!!!  The people helping us were so incredible.  They let us taste EVERYTHING and even gave me a fab recipe for bolognese sauce that I will post tomorrow!!!
Mike’s Deli
2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
Mike’s Deli is NY famous.  Mike had a cook off with Bobby Flay for Eggplant Parmigiana and WON!!!!  I really need to go back and try it.  They have an amazing selection of sandwiches and many famous people and politicians stop at Mike’s for lunch.  I snapped a photo of Hillary’s favorite sandwich.  It sounds so good!!!!
Delillo Cafe
610 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458
Delillo’s has the best, fresh pastries and cakes.  Everything I have ever tried here is so good.  The cannolis and napoleons were the favorite so far!!
Prince Coffee House
2306 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
This place is incredible. It is a hip new addition to the neighborhood. The coffee selection is extensive with an international flare and people rave about the tres leche cake (baked daily).  They say overall the experience is “delicious”

As for restaurants, I have asked around to many people, that I know dine on Arthur Ave, and these are the two names that came up most often!!

Zero Otte Nove
2357 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458
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603 Crescent Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Mrs. Napoli’s Delicious Chicken Scallopini

If you have been following me for a while you know how much I LOVE my friend Karen Schultz’s tomato sauce affectionately known as Gramma Napoli. Soon after launching her sauce business, Karen decided to bottle her amazing Lemon Vinaigrette. I have known people all around Rye and beyond not only using this for salads but it also makes the best marinade for fish and chicken. AND I could never ever forget her Yummy crumb cake. My husband’s personal favorite ( and he will be getting one for Valentine’s). Karen also gives the best cooking classes. So if you get a group of friends together, Karen will put together a really great customized menu of 3 easy family-friendly dinners. It is AWESOME!! But honestly, everything Karen makes is “made with love” and every now and then she shares a recipe with us. I am dying to make her mom’s Chicken Scallopini. OMG! It looks delicious..Check out Karen’s website to learn more and shop all of her treats. She offers free home delivery to lower Westchester and Greenwich as well as shipping across the US.


Here is a special tip from Karen for you..The trick is to keep a couple of dozen pounded chicken cutlets shrink wrapped in your freezer for quick de-thawing. Karen’s favorite place to stock up is at Pete’s Meat Market on Arthur Ave! All you need to do is add rice and a green veggie for the perfect dinner!!!


6 pounded chicken breasts

¼ cup of flour

1 ½ tsp garlic salt

¼ tsp paprika

¼ cup butter

3 T water

1 T lemon juice

¼ tsp instant chicken bouillon

4 thin lemon slices



Mix flour, garlic salt and paprika. 

Coat chicken with flour mixture. Brown chicken in butter in 10 inch skillet. 

Remove chicken from skillet to serving platter and keep warm. 

Stir water, lemon juice and bouillon into skillet, loosening brown particles on bottom. Add lemon slices and heat over low heat 1 minute. Pour broth on chicken garnish with lemon and parsley. 

serves 4

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The BEST and EASIEST One Pot Pasta Recipe

One of my best-received recipes was for a one-pot garlic Parmesan pasta. Since the weather is turning and I am starting to cook more..I have been looking for some easy family weeknight recipes. I came across this cheesy, Tomato pasta, and decided to give it a try. The recipe itself is rather simple but it is really tasty. I added some cheese and parley sausage that I ordered from Vincent’s Meat Market on Arthur Ave and the dish was perfection!!! I think it is going to be a weekly go-to for the next year!! Bon Appetit!

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adapted from Rasa Malaysia

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 14 oz. fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian basil
  • 8 oz. spaghetti
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2-1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Italian parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon butter

Heat oil in a wide skillet, pan or pot over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, saute 3 minutes or until they start to brown. Add tomatoes, chicken broth, Italian basil and spaghetti.

Press the spaghetti with a spatula to submerge the pasta in the liquid. If your skillet, pan or pot is not wide enough, break the spaghetti into halves before cooking. Cover with the lid and reduce heat to medium-low. Cook for 8 minutes or until the pasta is al dente. If the pasta is not cooked after 8 minutes, add a little bit more chicken broth, cover the lid and cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.

Uncover the lid and add salt and the butter. Turn off the heat and top the pasta with Parmesan cheese and parsley. Serve immediately.

The You Will Never Buy Jar Sauce Again Tomato Sauce Recipe

Ever since I did my self tour of Arthur Ave, I have been on an Italian cooking kick.  I really wanted to perfect making tomato sauce.  I think I finally found the secret and I will share it with you.  Below you will find the easiest most delicious tomato sauce recipe.  Bone Appetit!!!!


2 cans crushed tomatoes 
1 large onion
1/2 stick butter
salt to taste
pepper to taste
1/2 teaspoon sugar (to cut the acidity of the tomatoes)

Combine ingredients in your crock pot and cook on low for 4 hours 
Remove onion and serve over your favorite pasta…garnish with basil leaf.
Freeze whatever you have left over for next time!!!!

Bolognese Sauce Straight from Little Italy

When I was at the incredible Italian market Teitel Brothers on Arthur Ave, they offered to give me a recipe to post.  I was so excited and knew that I had to ask for an authentic Italian Bolognese (or meat) sauce recipe.  It is definitely one of my daughter’s favorite.  So I thought it would be awesome to be able to perfect it at home!!  Bon Appetit!!!!

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1 cup celery chopped
1 cup carrots chopped
1 cup onions chopped
3-4 cloves of garlic
aprox. 1 pound each: ground beef, veal, pork
2 cans plum tomatoes
1 cup red wine
beef bouillon
bay leaf
parsley for garnish

Sautee the celery, carrots, onions and garlic in extra virgin olive oil until brown.
Set aside.

Brown meat mixture.
Add vegetables.
Add red wine and tomatoes, bay leaf, pinch of salt, pepper, nutmeg and beef bouillon to taste.
Simmer on low for 1 1/2-2 hours