Piazza-style al fresco dining will return to the Bronx starting this month!
Since New York is such a city of international cuisines, it can also allow you to relive any trips canceled due to COVID-19. And we know just the spot if you were heading to Italy!
Did you know there’s another Little Italy in New York City, one that’s way further uptown? Okay, technically it’s in another borough completely! It’s Arthur Avenue (or the area of Belmont) in the Bronx, also known as “Little Italy in the Bronx.” This area has developed a very special, under-the-radar alcove of quality Italian restaurants, markets, bakeries and shops thanks to the generations of Italian immigrants who have lived there.
And the second “Little Italy” of NYC is reopening for a second year their special outdoor dining to mimic an Italian piazza, reports The Bronx Times. According to the newspaper, the Belmont Business Improvement District (BID for short) will close vehicular traffic on Arthur Ave (from East 188th Street to Crescent Avenue) during weekends beginning April 30th and through the fall for in-street outdoor dining. Street closure hours will run from 6pm-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays and 1pm-9pm on Sundays.
BID chairman, Peter Madonia, said “[w]hile the pandemic has devastated our city, borough, and neighborhood, we are hopeful for the future with the ongoing vaccinations, lifting restrictions and the re-launch of Piazza di Belmont, which has become popular with our guests and allows more visitors to dine outdoors during the warmer months.”
featured image source: Facebook/ Bronx Little Italy