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A Taste of Arthur Avenue – Bronx’s Little Italy

 

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A couple of months ago after my trip to Italy I met up with friend and kosher Italian food blogger Alessandra Rovati for a tour of Arthur Avenue.  Arthur Avenue is known as the “real” Little Italy in New York.  Since it is only ten minutes from home, I had to see what all the fuss was about. Alessandra was happy to be my tour guide and since we can’t eat at the restaurants, the main focus of our trip was the Arthur Avenue Retail market.   The market is filled with Italian meats, cheeses, dry goods and produce.  If you’re kosher, the produce and dried goods are worth the trip (at least if you live as close as I do).

Alessandra frequents Eataly, the gourmet Italian market in New York City founded by Mario Batali in 2010 to highlight imported Italian goods you can’t find anywhere else.  Eataly is a large market with specialty dried goods, amazing produce and a hefty price tag.  The same 00 flour I was looking for my homemade pasta was available at Arthur Avenue for half the price of Eataly.  Eataly has an impressive  selection of gourmet Italian products, many with kosher supervision (or not requiring one), but for the basics, Arthur Avenue is the place to shop.

Alessandra and I had a fun time searching through the dry goods for hechshers and looking up the  Italian kosher food guide to see which cookies we could buy.  In the end, I mostly bought dried beans, flour and a few dried pastas as well as some fabulous produce.  Now it’s pasta making time.

 

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About Tamar Genger MA, RD

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Tamar lives in New York and is the mother of three amazing children, a Registered Dietitian, professor of Nutrition, and as you can probably guess, a foodie! Tamar loves to travel with her family and visits kosher restaurants wherever she goes. Although she loves the sights, she spends more time talking about the restaurants and food she ate! As a mom and a nutritionist, Tamar tries to balance her passion for healthy cooking with her insatiable desire for chocolate! Find more on Google

 

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6 Responses to A Taste of Arthur Avenue – Bronx’s Little Italy

  1. Well, I had to chuckle while reading your post. Having the kosher list from Italy was wonderful. The last two summers I was fortunate enough to be in Tuscany for 10 days each trip. With the list in my hand, I was so frustrated that items listed were so hard to find where we were. So we had to stick to the wonderful fresh produce available and of course Barilla pasta!

  2. Hello Tamar,
    I recently took a course at ICE, Manhattan, and I’m hooked on “00″ flour!
    I live in Parkchester, Bronx.
    Please tell me if you know of a market in the Arthur Ave area where I may purchase this flour?
    RSVP
    Chef Carmem

    • Hi Chef Carmen, Yes!! There are a few places you can get it there. The main Arthur Avenue market had a stall that sold the flour and I also found a small bodega across the street that sold it. Just don’t go on a Sunday, most stores are closed.

  3. Where can i find kosher flour I can bake bread with?

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