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Our excellent Arthur Avenue adventure


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Our excellent Arthur Avenue adventure

nomadchowwoman | | Apr 16, 2011 04:17 PM

I finally did something I've long wanted to do while in NYC but have never found the time for on shorter stays. So yesterday, my husband and I got on the subway and rode out to the Fordham Road stop and then hoofed it to Arthur Avenue. Once there, after poking in and out of several shops, we settled on Emilia's for lunch--and it was wonderful. We started w/clams on the half shell, which were as fresh and sweet as we could imagine. My husband had one of the lunch specials--pork braciola stuffed with pine nuts and raisins w/a side of pasta and (a very tasty, viibrant) red sauce (11.95!)--and it was absolutely delicious. Since making the choice between that and veal parmigiana caused him such agony, I went ahead and ordered it (which wasn't on the lunch specials menu), and we were both glad for that decision: this excellent veal parm somehow managed to be light. The complimentary bread that came with a bowl of (ripe!) tomato wedges in olive oil and peppers was also delicious. Even the side of broccoli rabe was about the best we've ever had--tender but not overcooked and heady w/garlic. (Our only regret was that we couldn't order the pork osso buco lunch special too, as it looked fantastic.)

This was old-fashioned Italian-American food at its best, imo. My husband, whose very midwestern parents mostly eschewed Italian food (despite living in SF for many years), has loved all things tomato sauce/parmigiano since he first had pizza (in college!), so the few hours we spent on Arthur Ave. yesterday were his idea of heaven. We stopped for biscotti and espresso in another little shop, and we shopped a bit, buying salami/salumi at the Calabrian pork shop, mozzarella from Casa de Mozzarella, and assorted other goodies along the way. (I should tell you that Tietel Bros. had 28-oz cans of DOC-designated San Marzanos for $2.49; I couldn't believe it, and was tempted to lug a case home with me.)

I want to give a big thanks to all the hounds from whom I took advice and tips after researching these boards. We're so glad we decided to spend half a day on the Arthur Ave. experience; was definitely worth it for us.

Calabria Pork Store
2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

Casa Della Mozzarella
604 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

Teitel Brothers
2372 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

2331 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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