Yankee Stadium is only steps away from Little Italy in the Bronx, (Belmont and Arthur Avenue), in New York. The famous stadium is considered to be the best known in the world and home to the New York Yankees. However, Little Italy in the Bronx is famous for more than its sports heritage. This ethnic district has some of the best cafes, restaurants, and markets in Manhattan and her boroughs. Residents are quick to tell visitors that Arthur Avenue is the bona fide Little Italy. It certainly is a feast for the senses. The smells of bread baking, sausages being made, the sights of pasta rolling through a press, and many more secrets are known only to those who cross over to the Bronx.
The Bronx, (Belmont and Arthur Avenue) overlook restaurants, cafes, and shops. These establishments are local institutions, run by children and grandchildren of the original owners. Mike’s Deli is one of the best known delis in New York and worth a trip to Arthur Avenue. In 1940 Mayor LaGuardia built the Arthur Avenue Market, an indoor space to keep merchants warm in the winter. Mike’s Deli has been located here for more than 50 years. Other sites in the area include the Bronx Zoo and the New York Botanical Gardens.