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On a walk down the Bronx's Arthur Avenue you'll spy pedestrians of every age and background ambling in and out of food shops, gossiping on sidewalks and, weather permitting, tucking into slices of pizza on outdoor patios. This is for good reason: Arthur Avenue, aka New York City's “real Little Italy,” is known not only for its authentic and delicious Italian food but for its old-world charm, community pride and welcoming atmosphere. The commercial strip is the heart of the Belmont neighborhood; most of the action takes place there or on the avenue's side streets, prompting travelers from near and far to shop, dine and otherwise immerse themselves in the colorful experience.

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Locals attest that Arthur Avenue's specialty stores—traditional businesses that stock high-quality, low-cost Italian delicacies—are the heart of the neighborhood. Teitel Brothers, at the northeast corner of 186th Street and Arthur Avenue, recently celebrated its 100th anniversary and has been run by four generations of the same family. The grocery is a premier destination for hungry shoppers and also serves as a supplier to many local restaurants. For hand-pulled mozzarella, burrata or bocconcini, head to—where else?—Casa Della Mozzarella, a popular spot for all things cheese. Residents will guide those looking to carbo-load toward Madonia Brothers Bakery, known for its cannoli and seeded Italian bread, or to Borgatti's Ravioli & Egg Noodles, a mainstay for pasta. Meat lovers should check out Biancardi's, a butcher shop that has been in business since the 1930s; seafood fans should aim for Cosenza's Fish Market, purveyor of fresh fish and $1.50 oysters on the half shell that you can slurp on the spot. The nerve center of the neighborhood is the Arthur Avenue Retail Market, open since 1940. The enclosed hall features fresh fruit and veggie vendors lining its aisles, along with shops like Café Al Mercato, Peter's Meat Market and La Casa Grande Cigars. Under one roof, visitors can enjoy coffee and pastries for breakfast, eat a fresh deli sandwich for lunch and buy groceries for dinner that night.

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