A Trip to Arthur Ave. and Calabria Pork Store

 

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    According to Wikipedia, Arthur Avenue is a street in the Belmont section of the Bronx and New York City’s northernmost borough.

    According to me , Arthur Ave. in the Bronx is a foodie’s paradise and should be on everyone’s bucket list. It is a step back in time to when businesses were owned by the same family for generations and took pride in honoring their family’s commitment to excellence and providing the very best for their customers. You can find things on Arthur Ave that you just can’t find anywhere else, (especially for Italian ingredients) and no holiday, special occasion or family party can take place without a trip there first.It is the best place for bread, pasta, meat , pastries and Italian sausage.

    One of the first stops we make is Borgatti’s Ravioli and Egg Noodles. Borgatti’s has been in business for eighty years, owned and operated by the same family for three generations. Their homemade ravioli and pasta are the best we have ever had. The homemade noodles are cut by hand right in front of you as you select the thickness of the noodle that you want. Once you’ve tried lasagna made with their fresh noodles you will never go back to the dry, boxed noodles.

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    After we have our pasta we head to Madonia Brothers Bakery, I love their crusty, round whole wheat bread but I also pick up an olive bread and a provolone bread which the family loves. I can’t leave without getting some freshly filled cannoli which are amazing. There are many other bakeries and pastry shops on Arthur Ave. and I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with any one of them. If I were here by myself you can bet that I would hit most of them, buying some amazing treats from each and every one, but the mister is here with me and he has no patience for that, he is getting hangry so I go to one bakery and I’m done, :- ( sigh.)

 

    I have my final and favorite stop next, the grand finale, the Mecca of any trip to Arthur Ave.; Calabria Pork Store, owned and operated by second generation Peter Parrotta. I am definitely going to be in here for awhile, I choose my battles. Even the mister seems mesmerized as we step inside this crown jewel of pork stores. It’s like visiting the old country with all of the sausages and soppresatta hanging from the ceiling. Calabria has the best cured and dry sausage, soppresatta, rolled pancetta,, capicola, speck and prosciutto di Parma in addition to their fresh sausages and meats. My favorite fresh sausage is the broccoli rabe sausage and my husband loves the cotechino and the liver sausage. I always get both hot and sweet sausage and the sausage patties are great for cooking and breaking up in so many different recipes! Now that we have picked out enough meat to make any self respecting carnivore happy, the mister thinks. we’re done, hahahaha, as I said, I pick my battles.

        Now on to the cheese, Calabria carries an amazing variety of cheeses, among my favorites are the Parmigiana Reggiano, Pecorino Romano, Calabrese cheese, fresh mozzarella, bocconcini, mozzarella di buffalo ( which melts in your mouth) and the equally amazing burrata which is a fresh Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream.

     Next I get some cracked olives, grilled olives, oil cured black olives and the large, crisp, dark green olives that we love along with some stuffed pickled cherry peppers. I look over and see that hubs is fading fast but I can’t leave without grabbing a few jars of anchovies, and a package of whole wheat frizelle, they’re like a crisp bread that is great broken up into soups or to use as the base for a quick bruschetta. Done, score! Today was a great day!

     As we leave with our treasures I look back  knowing that I’m leaving more behind, but there’s always the next time, we’ll be back!

 

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