by Ann Volkwein
Arthur Avenue winds its way through the heart of the Bronx. Known to many as the “real Little Italy,” the storied neighborhood has been home to a vibrant community of Italian-Americans for over 100 years. Today, this area continues to thrive as visitors and residents stop to buy a fresh crusty loaf of bread; to enjoy a meal at Mario’s Restaurant; to dawdle for a while at Randazzo’s raw bar on a warm summer afternoon; or to hear Mike’s Deli owner Michele Greco belt out an aria from Rigoletto and spellbind his customers with tales of the Avenue’s past. Now, for the first time, the residents of Arthur Avenue invite you to experience the magic of their kitchens and share the flavors of their family tables. Passed down through generations, their delicious recipes are time-tested, tried, and true — and ready for any kitchen.