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Arthur Ave. Taste Test..I need your input!

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drbyyz Aug 14, 2011 12:04 PM

My wife and I have been to Arthur Ave. in the Bronx on several occasions and tried a ton of stuff there, but as we are moving away in a year, we want to make sure we haven't missed anything good there. So, I'm looking for the best of Arthur Ave. I know there are threads like this already, but I have a few specifics that I'm looking for as well hidden secrets that we might not have even thought about. Also, we aren't looking for sit down restaurant stuff. This is stuff we are going to go buy and then bring home to eat.

So below are my catagories for best of. I've listed our favorites in each category, but you don't need to stick to those. And as a final note, to make this the most useful, give responses as a particular item at a particular store (ex. for bread, "some specific loaf at some specific bakery")

Cheese
-Mozzarella

Sausage
-Sopressata
-Prosciutto

Bread

Sweets
-Cannoli
-Cookies or small sweets
-Locally made candy

Olives

Any other specialty items (ex. some place has a really awesome herb mix or something...basically anything goes here)

Ok, so thanks in advance for any input and knowledge that you guys have!! And remember, you don't have to stick to the exact stuff I requested, I will be super happy to find stuff I didn't even think of!

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  1. janie RE: drbyyz Aug 14, 2011 10:19 PM

    Mozzarella Cheese,
    Casa della mozzarella, on 187th, the best

    Canolli, Madonia Bros

    olives in the market were okay--but I've found better outisde of that area..

    Not sure why you left off fresh pasta at Borgatti's

    And for me, the artichoke spinach pizza slice is fantastic at Full Moon, you could get that and take it home and eat it, or eat it there......cornmeal crust, exceptional

    I would refer to the threads, there is a lot of specific recomendations there, that I think will repeat here...

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    Borgatti's
    632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

    Madonia Brothers Bakery
    2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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

    Full Moon Pizzeria
    600 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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      bob96 RE: drbyyz Aug 15, 2011 12:00 AM

      Sausage and all salumi--Calabria PorkStore
      Cheese--fresh, Casa di M. But see Teitel (below) for almost everything else.
      Bread--Terranova (E187 St) or Madonia
      Olives--Teitel (also for all other Italian grocery staples, esp hard cheeses like Pecorino and Parmigiano)
      Pastry--DeLillo
      Locally made candy, except for very specific Italian things---aren't any.
      Borgatti for all fresh pasta, without fail.

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      Borgatti's
      632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

      Calabria Pork Store
      2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

      Madonia Brothers Bakery
      2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

      Terranova Bakery
      691 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

      De Lillo Pastry Shop
      606 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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

      Teitel Brothers
      2372 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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      1. re: bob96
        erica RE: bob96 Aug 16, 2011 11:12 AM

        Dried pasta: Borgatti has a terrific selection at very fair prices. Brands include Graganese (Campania) and Giuseppe Cocco (Abruzzo) among others.

        Biscotti: Madonia

        Multi-grain bread: Hardly something you would seek on AA but I have to mention the loaves at Madonia.

        Calabrese pecorino coated in red pepper: Calandra, my favorite cheese shop.

        House-made pancetta: Biancardi, (and Calabria (see link below; I've not tried the one at Calabria))

        http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/774684

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        Biancardi Meats
        2350 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        Borgatti's
        632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

        Calabria Pork Store
        2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        Madonia Brothers Bakery
        2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

        Calandra Cheese
        2314 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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        drbyyz RE: drbyyz Aug 19, 2011 06:24 AM

        Thanks for the ideas everyone...between you guys and some internet searching I think I've found a bunch of stuff to fill up at least one good trip.

        1. Cheese Boy RE: drbyyz Aug 19, 2011 10:32 PM

          Stop in at Cerini Coffee and Gifts while you're on the avenue. They have Nutella from Italy, pistachio butters, candies, coffees, etc. Browse as long as you're not a bull.

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          Cerini Coffee & Gifts
          2334 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

           
          1. rose water RE: drbyyz Aug 20, 2011 03:25 AM

            My favorites are covered by others with the following exceptions:

            Large ravioli at Borgatti's is better than small (though small is also great)
            Fresh ricotta from Calabria
            Pizza dough from Madonia
            Teitel Bros has the cheapest cheese but not the best cheese. Everywhere else (calandra, casa de la mozzarella, Calabria, Mike's) offers better quality stuff.

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            Borgatti's
            632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

            Calabria Pork Store
            2338 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

            Mike's Deli
            2344 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

            Madonia Brothers Bakery
            2348 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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

            Calandra Cheese
            2314 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

            Teitel Brothers
            2372 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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            1. re: rose water
              erica RE: rose water Aug 20, 2011 10:55 AM

              Now that you mentioned Teitel, I will say that they have excellent prices on canned DOP San Marzano tomatoes.

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                janie RE: erica Aug 20, 2011 07:25 PM

                what is the best brand of san marzano tomatoes, saw them on special at Iavarone in New Hyde Park, for $2.99 which seems really cheap to me....

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                  erica RE: janie Aug 21, 2011 03:56 AM

                  I do not remember the brand but will check and post back next time I am there. But I do remember that they were less than $2.99--either $2.49 or $2.69.

                  Oddly enough, I have also seen SanMarzano DOP for under $3 recently at ShopRite (Napoletano brand; packed in puree) and, astonishingly, at the IGA in Greenport, Long Island. (Did not buy so cannot recall brand; can check if you like) These both have basil leaf in them but they have the DOP seals. These are the lowest supermarket prices I've seen, by far. Something seems to be up--why are they showing up at supermarkets at such low prices?

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                    janie RE: erica Aug 21, 2011 07:36 AM

                    the lavale were the one on sale, vanita, collucio are also listed, I looked on their website and they have them listed..the vantia were the most expensive. I think they all had basil, too-

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                      meatme RE: janie Aug 21, 2011 07:53 AM

                      "The Real San Marzanos":

                      http://dinersjournal.blogs.nytimes.co...

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                        fourunder RE: meatme Aug 21, 2011 08:11 AM

                        What, no gloves! ! ! !

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                          erica RE: meatme Aug 22, 2011 03:43 AM

                          MIne have all these elements (seals, numbering, etc) , but it does make you wonder, right?!

                          Thanks for posting the link.

                          Does anyone have a source for colatura di alici on Arthur Avenue? I know that I can buy this at Gustiamo, and have seen it at Buon Italia in Manhattan, but wonder who carries it on AA?

                2. re: rose water
                  rose water RE: rose water Aug 22, 2011 09:14 AM

                  And cheese, pumpkin or meat bureks from Tony and Tina's (heated up in the oven, NOT MICROWAVED!) and a cup of their tart homemade yogurt.

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                  Tony & Tina's Pizzeria
                  2483 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

                3. iluvcookies RE: drbyyz Aug 23, 2011 12:43 PM

                  Joe's Deli for mozzarella. They also make damn good sandwiches, great for taking to the Bronx Zoo for a picnic.

                  Calandra's for other cheese, I find their price and selection to be excellent.

                  Terranova for Semolina and Lard Bread.

                  Palumbo for pastries

                  DeLillo for biscotti

                  Borgatti's for any fresh pasta

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                  Borgatti's
                  632 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

                  Terranova Bakery
                  691 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

                  De Lillo Pastry Shop
                  606 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

                  Calandra Cheese
                  2314 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

                  Joe's Italian Deli
                  685 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

                  Palombo Pastry Shop
                  601 E 187th St, Bronx, NY 10458

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                  1. re: iluvcookies
                    janie RE: iluvcookies Aug 25, 2011 09:21 AM

                    gotta check out Joe's, still haven't been there...how does their mozz compare to casa della?

                    1. re: janie
                      iluvcookies RE: janie Aug 25, 2011 10:05 AM

                      I've not tried Casa Della Mozzarella so I can't compare.

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

                  2. biondanonima RE: drbyyz Aug 26, 2011 02:30 PM

                    The burrata at Mike's is killer. I bought a burrata from another place once (Teitel Bros, I think) and it was just Bel Gioioso, standard American fare. The stuff at Mike's is the real deal - twice as expensive but 100x as good!

                    1. roxlet RE: drbyyz Sep 1, 2011 07:24 AM

                      No one has mentioned butchers, but we love Biancardis. The veal scallopini are excellent, and you can't go wrong with their sausages or any other meats there. At Biancardis, you will notice that they seem to take people out of order. That is because people wait for a specific butcher, who is "their" butcher. Ours is Sal.

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                      Biancardi Meats
                      2350 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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                      1. re: roxlet
                        janie RE: roxlet Sep 3, 2011 09:26 AM

                        there is great intimacy that exists between a customer and a butcher :) don't you know you can tell your butcher anything, just like your hairdresser...at least that's how I feel about mine!

                      2. iluvcookies RE: drbyyz Sep 26, 2011 05:56 PM

                        Wanted to add that I bought brasciole and sweet sausage from Vincent's this past weekend and cooked up a Sunday sauce. It's Monday night and every speck of meat is gone. Delicious.

                        And Addeo's lard bread... divine.

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                        Addeo Bakery
                        2372 Hughes Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

                        Vincent's Meat Market
                        2374 Arthur Ave, Bronx, NY 10458

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