Belmont, The Bronx
What to go for: Red sauce pasta and deli sandwiches from NYC’s real Little Italy
You may think Little Italy is only in Downtown Manhattan -- but these days, that’s mostly just a tourist trap. For the real thing, head uptown to Belmont, home to Arthur Avenue, the most iconic stretch of Italian eateries in New York. Like Astoria, Belmont is a great place to graze -- make sure you stop by Calabria Pork Store, where fiery soppressata hangs like birthday decorations from the ceiling, then onto Casa della Mozzarella for slabs of fresh cheese.
For lunch, the move is always Mike’s Deli -- where you’re getting an Italian Combo, a gargantuan sandwich featuring a smattering of Mike’s famous house-made deli meats. Finally, a trip to Arthur Avenue wouldn’t be complete without a visit to one of the neighborhood’s classic red-sauce joints. The can’t-miss spots are Tra Di Noi, known for its excellent and unusual pasta specials (like fusilli with fava beans) and stellar cheesecake, and Emilia’s, for impressively large plates of chicken Parm in a picturesque outdoor patio.