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….
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 area..so 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.
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.
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!
adapted from Rasa Malaysia
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.
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!!!!
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!!!!
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
parsley for garnish
Sautee the celery, carrots, onions and garlic in extra virgin olive oil until brown.
Brown meat mixture.
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