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November 17, 2009 12:07 PM   Subscribe

NYC Food Filter: I am leaving New York City and want to get some great Italian food in the Bronx's version of Little Italy on Arthur Avenue before I go. What are your favorites?

I'm willing to spend some money, but not a crazy amount. I'm thinking $15-20 per entree, tops, though I could be convinced to go higher if the food was really that good. I want a sit down place with the works, not just a pizzeria.
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posted by JPD at 12:13 PM on November 17, 2009

If you're willing to consider somewhere other than Arthur Avenue, may I suggest the Pine Tavern . I'm from the Bronx originally, and my family has eaten there for 30 years - and we keep coming back for a reason. Go hungry, though - the portions are enormous, even by NYC standards.
posted by deadmessenger at 12:18 PM on November 17, 2009

Sorry - I meant to include this link.
posted by deadmessenger at 12:19 PM on November 17, 2009

Response by poster: Yeah, I'm not focusing on Arthur Avenue specifically. I'm really just looking for good not-to-miss Italian food in the Bronx and Arthur Avenue seems like a good place to start the search. I am more than happy to get other recommendations!
posted by scrutiny at 12:34 PM on November 17, 2009

Roberto's is my favorite restaurant in the Bronx by far. Patricia's on Morris Park is the best pizza. Louie and Ernie's pizza is also pretty good.
posted by These Premises Are Alarmed at 12:47 PM on November 17, 2009 [1 favorite]

Other than Roberto's and a few of the Italian food shops, there isn't a lot of good Italian food around Arthur Ave or in the Bronx in general. Louie & Ernie's is my favorite NYC pizza, but obv. doesn't meet your specs. There are a million other "must eats" in New York before "Italian food in the Bronx" IMO.

If you're looking for an iconic "Bronx" experience, what about something like Sabrosura, Dominican Chinese food?
posted by hamsterdam at 1:22 PM on November 17, 2009

I used to live right near Arthur Ave, and my favorite was Giovanni's.
posted by firei at 4:27 PM on November 17, 2009

Best answer: If you're looking for good, fun place for Italian, try the Arthur Ave Cafe. It's cozy and low-key and has a surprisingly big menu. I was just there last night, and the woman who runs the place with her chef son was really friendly--inviting our group to a local choir concert and reminiscing about growing up in the area. Apparently her son just beat out Bobby Flay in a throw-down with his eggplant parm! I made sure to order it, and I wasn't disappointed.
posted by cymru_j at 5:53 PM on November 17, 2009

Response by poster: I went to Arthur Ave Cafe and it was delicious and low-key as promised. Thanks AskMe!
posted by scrutiny at 9:59 AM on January 4, 2010

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